But on the one side there\’s this.
Karin Ward, a former pupil at Duncroft Approved School for Girls in Surrey, alleged that the pop star carried out the sex attack in front of the TV presenter as he molested a 14-year-old girl. Glitter is said to have strongly denied the allegations.
And on the other side there\’s this.
The Newsnight story was the foundation stone of this saga – come on then investigative reporters that are so vital to our democracy, or the Met police, or anyone else interested in the truth – let’s be having you! Let’s see how strong that foundation is.
Off to Liverpool with you. The lady you want is Dr Maureen Watry. You’ll find her at the Sydney Jones library at Liverpool University. You want the box marked NRA 22753 – it’s filed under Barnardo’s. In it you will find all the minutes of meetings, financial records, correspondance from old girls, day books noting everybody’s presence or non-presence and even the girls’ files (although access to those is restricted to genuine researchers) running from 1948-1982: It contains Miss Jones’ entire archive (here’s looking at you Meirion!) it will make fascinating reading. Next to it you will even find another box marked D.965 – all her photograph albums. Happy hunting! You might find an even better story, who knows. Of course you could find that you’ve all been chasing after a stuffed rabbit – how embarrassing would that be?
Now, I\’ve no knowledge either way about any of this at all.
Only that horrible sinking feeling that we\’ve been here before. We\’ve had mass hysteria over the sexual abuse of children before. Orkney, Cleveland, it has indeed happened that people have been prosecuted and lives ruined over what seemingly simply didn\’t happen.
And we\’ve also had (Margaret Hodge, we\’re thinking of you here) vast rings of child buggery and the like that really did happen and which were not properly investigated and lives not ruined that should have been. And then there was that vast and outrageous investigation into child pornography (the name escapes me now) where the police finding your stolen credit card details on a porn server marked you out as a nonce.
So it\’s a fairly important question to try and get an answer to. Did all this happen or not? Are we about to (metaphorically) hang the innocent? Or have we been hiding an appalling violation of the innocent all these years?
Important, no? And the only way to decide one way or the other is going to be facts, facts, facts. Let\’s hope that sopmeone is actually trying to collect them, eh?