Exclusive – Stephen Hamilton

There is a worrying shuffling of feet and staring into the middle distance in Academia. It is understandable – there is not much point in sticking your neck out so far that you end up with no job. The same thing applies to journalists. Better to keep quiet until the ‘abuse hysteria’ has passed; if it ever […]

August 22, 2016

Not Even Whispered It Softly?

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence”. Leonardo da Vinci. Post-Leveson, the Dead Tree Press has been keen to show that, unregulated, they can expose much wrong doing in our world that could protect us from evil. The departed Jimmy Savile has been the poster child for this movement. His name attached to unsubstantiated facts […]

June 4, 2014

Exclusive – The Origins of Savilisation – Part Four.

Once the older girls had moved onto Norman Lodge, and Susan was back in her dormitory, she wrote to Savile – a ‘come back all is forgiven’ letter in her words, there no longer seemed any reason why he shouldn’t continue to visit her and be her friend. She liked him, he was a straight […]

May 2, 2014

Exclusive – The Origins of Savilisation – Part Three.

Another afternoon, and the boredom of Duncroft was relieved by a coach turning up (Wot! Still no Rolls Royce? You’ll never get the media to publish this!) – a rather special coach with tables between pairs of facing seats. Susan was getting annoyed with Jimmy Savile – she was taking all the jealous remarks and […]

May 1, 2014

Exclusive – The Origins of Savilisation – Part Two.

When Susan returned to Duncroft, she gave the records to Ms Jones, the head mistress. She found herself closely questioned about this meeting with a celebrity from the music business – she had, after all, had some previous experience of drugs, and this was not unknown in the world of nightclubs. She replied quite truthfully […]

April 30, 2014

Exclusive – The Origins of Savilisation – Part One

There it is. Evendon’s Lane, Wokingham. ‘X’ marks the spot. I have finally nailed down the origins of the ‘Savile was a monster’ legend – the greatest media hype this century.  Today the site holds a collection of ‘executive’ four and five bed-roomed red brick homes. Once, though, it was the site of ‘Ed’s Barn’, […]

April 29, 2014

Ritual Humiliation and 'Mini' Clifford.

Empty vessels aren’t the only ones that make a lot of noise; a broken one can fair ring down the ages too. It doesn’t require great skill to smash a pottery vessel, but breaking up the resulting shards of clay is near impossible, as the ancient Romans Greeks!, and many an archaeologist, has discovered. The Romans Greeks […]

March 19, 2014

Exposure: Retrophiles (Spoof)

March 11, 2014

Whither the NSPCC in ten years time?

In the autumn of last year, a memo was leaked to The Times newspaper, written by the RSPCA’s deputy chairman, Paul Draycott, which discussed the charity’s aims for ‘ten years hence’. It reminded me of the RSPCA’s remarkable powers, based on the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, to mount prosecutions instead of the Crown Prosecution Service, and […]

March 5, 2014

‘Reflections on Savile at Duncroft'

‘Reflections on Savile at Duncroft’ Edinburgh ESRC Project Securing a data set on allegations of sexual abuse made against  the former disc jockey, Jimmy Savile This project aims to secure data that might otherwise be lost, relating to allegations made against the former DJ, Jimmy Savile. The initiative for the project came from a lawyer […]

February 25, 2014