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Waiting for Goddard – Part 263.

The indefatigable Sean O’ Neill Times £ has elicited the information that New Zealander Dame Lowell Goddard, hired to investigate British failure to investigate sexual abuse in British institutions, has so far this year spent a total of 74 working days, or almost 3 months, or £148,000 of taxpayer’s pounds, er, investigating the ‘local scene’ in [...]

Cliff Top Caution.

‘My Generation’ – its virtually impossible to hear those words without acquiring an earworm that taunts you all day with a stuttering echo: Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation) That song became the theme tune encapsulating the tortured angst [...]

The Slater and Gordon, ‘False Allegations’ Popcorn Show.

Around midnight last night, Ms Raccoon’s e-mail pinged with an exceptional morsel from Tom Winnifrith, the experienced and multi-talented financial journalist who was responsible for uncovering the frauds that lay at the heart of Rob Terry’s empire. That would be the ’empire’ that Slater and Gordon engorged in one gulp around a year ago as they sought [...]

The Dame Janet Smith Review.

The BBC was off to a cracking start this morning – commencing with the ceremonial hurling of the sacrificial spent carcass of yet another DJ from the top of BBC Towers to the waiting mob below – Tony Blackburn. Although from early morning the BBC news continually trailed the expected interviews with the ‘legal advisors’ of the victims – [...]

‘Saint’ Bernard Hogan-Howe safe – but is he a ‘Pussyfoot’?

I have always been of the opinion that the age of ‘Savilisation’, a term I invented and now proudly watch as it propagates through the media, was a perfect storm of tensions between the media, the police and the charitable third sector. There have been spirited efforts to pin the blame on the Feminist movement, [...]

The BBC on the naughty step.

I’ve been taking a look at the Foxes that John Wittingdale has chosen to put in charge of the British Broadcasting Henhouse, otherwise known as the BBC. Rather more dogs than vixens, as it happens, so lets take a look at the ladies first. Lopa Patel.  Better get her in first – Lopa founded the [...]

An Open Letter to Max Hastings.

I wish I could admire you more. I admire your writing; I remember you as a reporter on 24 Hours – but I struggle when I try to admire you as a person. It’s the way in which your principles are indivisibly directed by your personal interests, carried helplessly along by your various friendships and grudges; [...]

Duncroft – the Finale. Part One.

One minute I had so many plates spinning in the air I didn’t know which way to turn and began to doubt my ability to keep them all airborne – and the next? Why, if they didn’t all magically float down to land softly, right side up on the table, looking for all the world like [...]

The Child Abuse Band-waggon Slips Over the Cliff….

The slur-mongers – I refuse to dignify them with the term ‘moral entrepreneurs’ – who base their business model on peddling tit-bits of salacious gossip to the post-Leveson media are coming under increased scrutiny today following the universal disquiet regarding the prime-time entertainment we were offered of police officers arriving to search the home of a [...]

Cliff Hanging.

The Internet mob have claimed another scalp. A woman who chose to run a brothel told a man involved in money laundering that one of her customers used to sign into the brothel as ‘Cliff Richard’.  Naturally coming from such a reputable source, and being conveyed to the ears of the internet generation by another impeccable [...]