Are the paedophilia probes getting too close to the Tories?

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Blocked for 11 months: The Mail on Sunday describes how the Conservative-run Cabinet Office tried to hide information about paedophilia in the corridors of power.

According to Labour’s Simon Danczuk, the government is refusing to publish at least four files on historic child abuse because it is worried about what information may be revealed ahead of May’s general election.

Oh really? This suggests that the facts must be more damaging than any speculation. We all know that leading Conservative MPs, including at least one cabinet minister from the Thatcher era, have been implicated in the ongoing paedophile investigation.

Yesterday we learned that then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been told about child abuse allegations relating to the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, but still gave him a knighthood in 1988.

And the Daily Mirror, together with investigative news site Exaro, has revealed that police have raided the London and North Yorkshire homes of the late Leon Brittan as part of Operation Midland – set up to ­investigate historic claims of child abuse by a group of powerful men.

The Mail on Sunday report states that the Cabinet Office – run by Conservative Francis Maude – repeatedly blocked attempts to see documents about Cyril Smith, and only relented under threat of High Court action.

It said David Cameron and Nick Clegg have both been accused of colluding in the cover-up.

Mr Danczuk told the paper: “Nick Clegg and David Cameron have colluded in covering this up. It involves their people and we should not have to learn about this piecemeal because of journalists pestering for information.

“Both men need to come clean and make a personal commitment to revealing everything that is now held by Government departments.

“The Prime Minister promised there would be no stone unturned into the inquiry of historic sex abuse in Westminster. But the Cabinet Office seems to be doing the opposite.

“Clegg, who sits in this department, has already written to me refusing to carry out an investigation into who knew what about Cyril Smith in his party and it’s disappointing to see the Cabinet Office continuing this unhelpful approach.”

This is not the only information being withheld by the government prior to the general election. It is known that Jeremy Hunt is holding back a highly critical report on NHS management – apparently for political reasons.

Iain Duncan Smith is withholding information on the full cost of his disastrous Universal Credit vanity project until after the election.

And of course the government is refusing to reveal how many sick and disabled people its vicious ‘welfare reforms’ have killed off – as reported in this blog last month, and many times in the past.

Didn’t David Cameron say his would be the most open government ever, ushering in a new era of transparency? Yes he did.

What a shame this most evasive of all governments is working so hard to hide the information people need, if they are to make the right choice at the general election.

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11 thoughts on “Are the paedophilia probes getting too close to the Tories?

  1. philipburdekin

    The evil tory party should not be able to stop any evidence being given to those who are investigating, WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE?

    1. Tony Dean

      I am still waiting for the “great and the good” paedophile weekends in Penzance back in the 1980s to surface in the media. (Usual “suicide” involved.)

  2. jaynel62

    I’m not sure their obvious denial and mishandling of these vital papers will do anything but damage their campaign – One can but hope x

  3. concernedkev

    It is obvious that the subjects of the four withheld files are still alive and an electoral liability. It could be they are also protecting high profile non politicians using the public interest argument. Fear of massive public outrage is my best guess.

  4. Liz Jordan

    Mike, one of the recent 4 files was on the brink of being destroyed when Tom Parmenter of Sky brought that to attention. Who knows what else they are doing/have done with these files that will never be uncovered? Is there not some way the British public can force the British government (legally) to cease and desist destroying *any* files whatsoever at least until the CSA inquiry is completed? (If not permanently, future generations should know some of these ‘honourable gentlemen’ were anything but.)

  5. anthony woodman

    I find it absolutely abhorrent that these so called high profile people who are supposed to be looking after our interests,have actually separated themselves so far from the ordinary man that they do these wicked things,once again David Icke is right and have been saying it for years.

  6. Mr.Angry

    The most transparent government ever, really Dave you do surprise me. Don’t think the idiot believes he is lying, it has become part and parcel of his entire existence.

    If I were still in business and had the means I would personally love to bring a legal action against this bunch of wealthy thugs, for gross deception.

    I can not truly believe what they are about, with regard to anyone wanting to vote for them, do any of those wanting this bunch running the country have any idea what they are doing.

    They have systematically destroyed the country, the NHS, Police, Fire service, schools in disarray, poverty worst in years, food banks, hatred towards the poorest members of society smeared by their control of the media, Remploy closed, Post office and Eurostar sold off to their mates, selling off our forests, fracking under our homes, murdering unemployed yet there are no jobs, legal aid destroyed, bedroom tax, it is endless.

    When will the electorate wake up and smell the coffee, does anyone really want another five years of this corruption?

    1. Joan Edington

      This is so true and almost everyone knows it. I have come to the conclusion that all this talk of TV debates and election campaigning is a total waste of time. When we listen to weeks of promises and are given detailed manifestos, only for them to be completely ignored at best or the total opposite policies carried out after the elections, what’s the point? Could we not simply vote on current performance of the incumbents and the voting record of opposition parties. I suppose a drawback of that would be lack of any entry point for new parties though.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        If we were to vote on the basis of opposition parties’ voting record, we would all need to be provided with copies of those records.
        Why?
        Because so many fictions have been spread about those votes that people would need to be shown the facts.
        Even then, they’d probably argue about them.

  7. Quacky McGee

    Politicians and civil servants need to be held to account to explain what exactly they mean by keeping things hidden for “national security” reasons.

    Logic dictates that information kept hidden is a far greater threat to national security than getting it out in the open; if the files were all made public, there would be no chance of a foreign power, an internal faction or even a media organisation blackmailing our government with the threat that the stories will be leaked.

    Keeping things covered up can surely only ever be increasing the threat to national security. If our elected leaders and our publicly-funded civil servants disagree with this assessment of the situation, they really do need to lay out their argument as to why it would be a “threat to national security” to allow the British public full access to publicly-funded documents relating to publicly-paid officials.committing crimes in our name.

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