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The Idiocy of press laws in the internet age – ref 82 year old arrested in Savile Enquiry in paedoBritain

Tom Winnifrith
Saturday 30 March 2013

Last week an 82 year old entertainer was arrested in Berkshire as part of the Savile enquiry. We are told that he is Australian but cannot name him. You do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to work that one out. Think of Aussies who were famous in the 1970s and 1980s for appearing on British TV and find out how old they are on wikipedia and hey presto. I bet you guessed already.

Now go do a google search for “82 year old arrested xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx (fill in the name you had probably guessed anyway) and hey presto there are 40,100 web pages coming up in 0.32 seconds. Of course under the new British terror laws (sorry Royal Press Charter) none of the mainstream press is naming this chap.

I have no idea what xxxx is accused of and it seems as if most of those arrested so far in this multi-million quid enquiry are not being charged at all so frankly his arrest ( for a second time – he was also arrested on November 29th as part of this enquiry) proves absolutely sod all.

But what exactly is the point of laws that just do not work? I might add that a former senior minister in the Thatcher regime is all over the interwebby thing as being deeply involved in this whole messy business. Do a search for “Elm House Thatcher cabinet minister” and 4 million plus references in 0.39 seconds will enlighten you if you do not know already. He too may be innocent.

The affair McAlpine allowed the political class to say that the internet was a disgrace and that we should all move on. There is, however, now a huge cloud surrounding Elm House, Islington, Richmond and Jersey social services in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. An awful lot of people are asking: did the political class conspire to cover up what was going on in order to protect “its own?”

I do not know but while the political class refuses to address these issues I will find myself increasingly suspicious as do many others. The behaviour of the established political classes on a range of issues makes me inherently suspicious of it anyway. Simply arresting poor old Garry Glitter every two weeks and saying how Jimmy Savile will burn in hell, does not convince me that allegations that there existed organised paedophile rings in the UK and the 1970s, 80s and 90s in which powerful men were involved is being thoroughly investigated.

And so innocent folks like Lord McAlpine will be smeared and this matter will simply fester breading more suspicion of those who rule us. And some guilty men – bad things clearly did go on - will evade justice.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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