July 14th, 2014

Butler-Sloss Stands Down

Last week the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman insisted:

“The focus was on finding a person with the right expertise and integrity. That’s exactly what we have in Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.” 

Theresa May vowed:

 “Baroness Butler-Sloss brings with her many years of experience in the field of child protection and law, and I am confident that she will deliver the thorough, robust and independent review that I have promised.”

Today Butler-Sloss has stood down:

“I was honoured to be invited by the Home Secretary to chair the wide-ranging inquiry about child sexual abuse and hoped I could make a useful contribution.

It has become apparent over the last few days, however, that there is a widespread perception, particularly among victim and survivor groups, that I am not the right person to chair the inquiry. It has also become clear to me that I did not sufficiently consider whether my background and the fact my brother had been Attorney General would cause difficulties.

This is a victim-orientated inquiry and those who wish to be heard must have confidence that the members of the panel will pay proper regard to their concerns and give appropriate advice to Government.

Nor should media attention be allowed to be diverted from the extremely important issues at stake, namely whether enough has been done to protect children from sexual abuse and hold to account those who commit these appalling crimes.

Having listened to the concerns of victim and survivor groups and the criticisms of MPs and the media, I have come to the conclusion that I should not chair this inquiry and have so informed the Home Secretary.

I should like to add that I have dedicated my life to public service, to the pursuit of justice and to protecting the rights of children and families and I wish the inquiry success in its important work.”

Where’s Brian Leveson when you need him?

UPDATE: 


219 Comments

  1. 1
    Tooth fairy says:

    Doesn’t say much for Cameron and May’s judgement.

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    • 5
      Engineer says:

      I’ll do the job. Only £250/hr plus expenses.

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    • 6
      Mr Jay says:

      She was all right, just a few upset bedwetters. It is appointing Brian Leveson which exposed how impaired Dave’s judgement is.

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      • 26
        Engineer says:

        Agreed. But the bedwetters will keep on moaning until they’ve got one of their own in charge.

        Which in a way might work against them. The whole thing would become such an obvious farce, nobody outside the NSPCC would take the slightest notice of it.

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        • 37
          Anonymous says:

          We are in a period of social hysteria, where the shrill are heard and the wise ignored. It will pass, eventually.

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          • Engineer says:

            True enough, but one does rather resent the waste of taxpayers’ money in the meantime.

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          • Engineer says:

            If you’ve got evidence of wrong-doing, take it to the police. In the current climate, all complaints will be taken seriously, and all evidence accepted and investigated.

            On the other hand, if all you’ve got are rumours about rumours, kindly stop wasting everybody’s time and taxpayers’ money.

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          • The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

            Engineer, normally I agree with you on most things, however, when the allegations are that these victims DID go to the police and nothing happened, part of the allegations are that the most senior levels of the judiciary, police, politicians etc… were involved in covering up these child abuse rings, how the hell can taking evidence to the police help? The same police who would be likely to cover it up again? (if the allegations are true).

            It has to be made public and given to the enquiry to stop it “going missing” again.

            I am NOT saying that any of the allegations are true, but so long as their are loads of allegations of this sort, and so long as the establishment accept the extent of Savile’s crimes and so long as it is alleged that he procured children for these elite rings, then there must be a full inquiry to get to the truth, and no possibility of the police taking this evidence in order to make it “disappear”.

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          • charle drake says:

            social hysteria A really.
            what should we do offer up are kids to a satanic child killing cannanite cult.
            a mossad mi5 blackmail grid.
            shrug shoulders a say ho hum.
            nice one anon are you a mason?

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          coeur_de_lion says:

          It’s interesting that this has become a ‘Tory problem’ when the whole scandal was prompted by revelations about Cyril Smith -ex Liberal and Labour.

          I don’t think this is an issue about politicians, it’s an issue about perverts.

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        • 101
          well there's a surprise says:

          Similar to how phone-hacking became a Tory
          problem,despite it happening when Labour were
          in Government.

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        • 126
          The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

          This is not a party political issue, no matter how much labour and the BBC wish it was. There are perverts operating throughout the establishment in all parties and all over the public and private sector.

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        • 129
          The two Muppets says:

          I think that the BBC and other left wing groups wanted her out
          because the enquiry would get too near to home once she started
          to delve into the their practises .

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          • Cinna says:

            Step back a bit. This is all part of further obscuration. Multiple investigations, blurring boundaries, Butler-Sloss fiasco, Home Affairs Committee getting involved. (Incidendattly, did that civil servant ever get back to Vaz et al with the names of the 114 missing files as he undertook to do?) All designed to mire further investigation in a morass detail and sidetrack it.

            Typical? In Rochdale the council were holding an investigation into whether there was a cover up of Cyril Smith (ex Labour) and his activities at Knowl View. GMP have requested/suggested that investigation be shelved.

            Get to the bottom of this business … not likely.

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          • There should be no place in public office for any ‘man’ who thinks it normal to masturbate into the anus of another whatever the age ,the arsehole monkeys should be purged from positions of trust .

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          • charle drake says:

            rubbish this is why.
            Attorney General Michael Havers brother to Butler-Sloss was a VIP paedophile

            http://google-law.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/attorney-general-michael-havers-brother.html

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        • 152
          This is why I will never again buy a 'news'paper and why I avoid the 'news' on TV like the plague says:

          If this whole nasty affair has become a political issue then the blame surely lies with the bought-and-paid-for MSM and the agenda being dictated by their paymasters.

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        • 167
          Anonymous says:

          In the 80s underage meant under 21. These boys could have been 16 – something the Labour Party fought hard to make legal.

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        • 196
          BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says says:

          We are determined that this issue should be politically charged and so we will support the claims of our comrade Yvette Cooper-Balls to accuse the Tory Party of buggering the country.
          Our Chief Inquisitor Toenails Robinson (named after his interrogation method, and not the more popular and real reason) is on the job and will report ad nauseum with our usual bias and half truths.
          Our esteemed comrade Keith Vazeline is constantly in touch and giving us further vital information.

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      • 92
        Colonel Mustard says:

        Who can we trust to take on the “establishment”? Pending the reinvention of the “The News of the World” we need a former NoW Editor who is not in jail and wants revenge, plus a revenue stream to recoup her costs.

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        • 110
          The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

          True, and the tweet from toenails Robinson is sickening. Anything to attack an inquiry looking into the BBC’s own complicity in allowing predatory child abusers operate on their premises for decades.

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        • 174
          Elephant in the room says:

          NoW was closed down after trying a bit too hard to catch Bellfield.

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        • 215
          Anonymous says:

          Oh Yes.

          Revenge is a dish best served cold – at The Savoy.

          Rupies Revenge.

          Lord Levenson probed ( not too deep) prodded ( not too much) and concluded next to bugger all.

          Meanwhile the knives were being sharpened and plans were being made
          in the Murdoch mind to reveal nearly all about the people he has known and used to love.

          Davey Cameron and his assistant Ossie Osborne have dropped some right ricks in office from Coulson to the European debacle and UKIP’s rise and now he ballsed up the Review. Add to this his ( sorry Osbornes ) choice of B of E Governor and the imminent rise in Interests rates plus the strengthening of the pound for the Financial players at the expense of the Home Counties highly mortgaged set and we could even have a new leader of the Conservative Party come January next year.

          The Right wing are not a happy bunch of bunnies these days.

          Norman’s been on TV with a warning.

          It’s all such a shame. It can’t get any worse – can it????

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      • 130
        Cinna says:

        Yes. Nothing better than bashing a bishop, eh?

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    • 11
      Taxfodder says:

      Frankly I would not trust either to see a child across the road safely let alone much else..

      Remind me now, who left his young child in the pub to fend for itself?

      You could not make it up…..

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    • 20
      Carrier Pigeon says:

      But wasn’t this Inquisition flawed anyway?

      It always seemed to me that investigating how the messenger handled the messages missed the whole point of what the messages said.

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      • 39
        thanks says:

        look over there!

        look over there!

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      • 52

        Shhhhhh!

        Public witch hunts are great. The proles go over the top shouting about kiddy fiddling. Eventually they will burn down a pharmacy or remove all children from schools or some shit.

        Then they’ll go back to watching Corrie and the whole think will be forgotten again.

        It’s how the U.k works. It’s an idiotocracy.

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        • 128
          The Establishment is infested with Nonces says:

          With idiots like you, who seem happy to turn a blind eye to top level child abuse rings operating at the top levels of government? I think you must be right.

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        • 173
          Compromised Hunts running Britain into the ground says:

          Do fcuk off you patronising liblabcon tosser.

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      • 206
        Chinese Whispers says:

        It’s all UKIP’s fault. Their MP’s have systematically not been in Westminster for over 20 years. Their guilt is show by their blatant absence and letting these ‘things’ go on for so long. UKIP are the sauce of all these shenanigan’s. The LibLabCon’s can hardly be blamed because of UKIP’s lack of guidance. This proves that UKIP should never be in Government, and that they’re guilty of ‘Dereliction of Duty’ to the British Public.

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    • 45
      'Where's Brian Leveson when you need him?' says:

      Havering perhaps?

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    • 77
      The Establishment Rules OK says:

      It didn’t help that Butler-Sloss resembled, facially, Sir Jimmy Savile’s sister.

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    • 121
      Truth4All says:

      There needs to be at least two prongs to this subject which need investigation.
      1. The allegations originally made.
      2. The alleged cover ups.
      To this end any connected D notices which are said to be in place need lifting.

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    • 135
      The two Muppets says:

      I think She was the best choice by far, but the left wing establishment
      wanted somebody that they could influence . Baroness Butler-Sloss would
      have been far too impartial .

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      Seven principles says:

      Typical of the Cameron approach to most things:

      — seldom thought through properly.

      Having ticked the gender box, he and his advisers sat back awaiting plaudits.

      Window dressing doesn’t work, and it won’t work with the reshuffle. Many among the sisterhood may in fact consider it an insult.

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    • 150
      MB. says:

      I can’t help feeling that it was all just political point scoring from Labour and it would not have mattered who had been appointed.

      I can’t help feel that they will get bogged down with every person who claims to have been abused wanting to give evidence and it dragging on for years.

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    • 153
      The Great British Public says:

      Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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    • 178
      Mycroft says:

      The only ‘English’ name that is doing the rounds is Elizabeth Filkin.

      She has all the right attributes, but will again come under attack from Journos in the pay of the state.

      Filkins is a good choice in my opinion.

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      • 180
        Mycroft says:

        “Dream team”…

        Filkins and US Judge, Donovan Frank along with his team of investigators.

        Now THAT would be a nightmare for anyone in this particular perverted activity.

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    • 182
      Back to basics says:

      Laughable. Except it’s for real. The mindset is steadfast; ‘one does what one must’.

      One could never allow one’s relationship to one’s brother to in any way affect one’s contemplations. Nor one’s knowledge of one’s friends and one’s peers.

      I have a sister just like this. Can’t smell her own BS for her good deeds. Down on her knees every Sunday. Unable to think the unthinkable.

      Even the Pope has coughed up. Modest little 2% perks under his cassock.

      But who do you turn too?

      Jeremy Paxman ! The. Pervs would top themselves before letting him question them.

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    • 187

      …..again !!

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  2. 2
    Hick says:

    Silly name anyway

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  3. 3
    Gerhard says:

    Apparently we need to find a judge who isn’t part of “The Establishment”?

    Good luck with that…

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    • 9
      Tooth fairy says:

      judge dread?

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    • 13
      Judge Judy says:

      I’ll do it.

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    • 15
      Taxfodder says:

      Or a Mason….

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    • 30
      Taxfodder says:

      I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth. And indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition, that this goodly frame the Earth, seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave oer’hanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a GOD. The beauty of the world. Paragon of animals. And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. No, nor women neither. Nor women neither.

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    • 48
      Solomon says:

      A foreign judge?

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    • 53
      judge roland fieseler says:

      vot about me?

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    • 176
      The Public says:

      The one and only ‘Judge’. He could use the cricket bat on them too if they give him any grief.

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      • 209
        M'Learned Friend says:

        Butler-Sloss was always an odd choice given her age. Given her track record of bailing out when under pressure (the Diana inquest) it was only a matter of time.

        My vote goes to Lord Judge to be the right man to head this up.

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  4. 4
    Handycock says:

    My nickname is Justice Fingers. Will i do? Boaz

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  5. 7
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    It shouldn’t be an enquiry it should be a full blown police investigation.

    Im obviously being thick so can someone point out to me why this isn’t the case?

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    • 18
      The Met says:

      Jahbulon

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    • 210
      Pimp Daddy says:

      “full blown police investigation”, that could cost £1000’s! Plus I’ll have to see if I’ve got enough of me biatches available….Could we do it in stages? Perhaps over the course of a couple of weeks?

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  6. 8
    alexsandr says:

    maybe the new incumbent can also look into the practice of Mufa’khathat or thighing. And whether is is practiced in the UK.

    this is the islamic practice having sex with a child that is too young for penetration, so the ‘husband’ rubs himself between her thighs.

    google it – its all described on the internet.

    Yuk.

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  7. 12
    BLAKEY says:

    I’LL GET YOU LADY BUTLER!!

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    • 35
      Afghan Stan says:

      Crikey, it’s the bus inspector…

      Stop fondling the clippies,Jack! It’s not the 70s anymore!

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  8. 14
    Unlucky Alf says:

    I wonder whether she reads the Sunday Mirror :)

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  9. 16
    Axe The telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    What’s really needed is a well respected anti-pedo judge from America to head the inquiry and a thousand or so American police officers to investigate our corrupt establishment (including our corrupt police forces).

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    • 24
      Angela Merkel says:

      I was thinking of sending the Stazi in anyway so they can look into it while creating order.

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  10. 17
    Eileen Critchley says:

    The British do not trust the British to deal with this issue. Bring in the FBI.

    I’m being absolutely serious.

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    • 33
      Axe The telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      +Infinity to the power of infinity.

      And an anti-pedo American judge (American judges are all elected by the people).

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    • 134
      Dai Lemma says:

      You will be inviting the EUSSR EBI by the back door (possible intention to justify existence),
      Probably wrong expression

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  11. 22
    still walking into darkness says:

    I think you could do worse than have Hutton chair the child abuse inquiry. He knows how to keep a lid on a catalogue of lies and deceit

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  12. 23
    Rolfaroo says:

    ……And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids…..

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  13. 28
    Mycroft says:

    Bring over from the US Judge Donovan Frank.

    He’ll do the job, properly.

    Unimpeachable track-record on both p’doughs and state fraud.

    No UK Judge can do this without having some degree of taint.

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      Axe The telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      +Infinity to the power of infinity.

      Also get the FBI’s anti-pedo department on the case.

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      • 76
        Mycroft says:

        The FBI would be counter-productive I think, but that Judge seems pretty much fearless, quite prepared to call a liar a liar and jail people who got in the way of his team.

        Bring him and his team of Investigators over.

        If he was appointed, various people in the UK would look the chap up on the ‘net and there would be the sound of gunshots and pills being gargled down right across this Country.

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    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      The Brotherhood stretches far and wide.

      It’s why Adolph banned them from the Third Reich. But then he was history’s bad monster.

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    • 94
      Nigel's Father says:

      Surely a mis-print.

      The person you are searching for is actually caLLED ‘RAY DONOVAN’

      Now he’s got a fine and handy way with stalkers, perverts and the like; he takes a baseball bat to their heads!

      Jobbie done!

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    • 109
      Tim Yeo-Yo says:

      Far too much of a sensible and logic option. This is the UK and thanks to the reign of terror we are now totally fucked.

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  14. 32
    Col. Nut says:

    That’s Jimmy Savile.

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  15. 38
    She's backing out before she has to start answering some serious questions says:

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  16. 40
    Boy Dave says:

    This is another excellent example of my amazing ability to pick the right people for the job and to continue to support them when everybody else has given up on them.

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  17. 41
    Quasimodo says:

    She don’t look that bad!

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  18. 44
    Jess The Dog says:

    Or Brian Hutton….

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  19. 46
    Waldorf says:

    How about getting Bob Geldof to lead the enquiry?

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  20. 51
    Kim Jong-un says:

    How about letting that Danzuk guy organise a committee?

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  21. 54

    I shall be making a weepy eyed statement about this later today.

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    • 66
      Oz Clarke says:

      A preposterous little number with nasal overtones. Reminiscent of dog shit and strychnine.

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  22. 57
    Public Sector Shirker says:

    More public sector incompetence.

    If these people can’t appoint someone to run the inquiry properly how can they be trusted to run a proper investigation?

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    • 69
      mrs warren says:

      then how come they ran brothels so professionally?

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    • 73

      The last thing that they want is a proper investigation. Note how this enquiry was to be so wide-ranging as to be incapable of focussing on anything much, especially politicians of the 1980s.

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  23. 58
    bubble says:

    I don’t trust any of them.

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  24. 61
    Axe The telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    UKIP and the other anti-EU parties should remind all the peoples of Europe that when the United States of Europe is formed then all their national sports teams will cease to exist and be replaced by a USE team.

    No more World Cups for Germany,England,France,Italy etc.

    No more European Championship.

    Only those countries who leave the EU will still have their national sports teams.

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    • 71
      A Simian says:

      Don’t say that, as much as I despise the EU I don’t despise it more than Football and is tribal overtones.

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    • 136
      Confucious the Voter says:

      EU Parliament is expected to declare the game of cricket illegal and existing grounds must be used for Pétanque

      (Boules) unless donated to The German Handball Bundesliga

      Like

    • 145
      The only Country in Europe not to have its own paliament is England says:

      No, Scotland will be Saxony and Londinistan will be playing Britteny.
      Luxemburg Wales will be a hard on to call. Though I do look forward to the Derby Between East and West Midlands.
      Once again they have drawn their lines in the sand a long time ago, do they learn nothing from what they did in the past in the Middle East and Africa

      Like

  25. 62
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Child abuse enquiry now has no chair, no terms of reference & no agreed purpose ie is focus lessons to be learnt or investigating tribunal? phewww we can sleep easier tonight in Salford !’
    There fixed that for BBC Robbie

    Like

  26. 63
    the readership says:

    Is Guido now part of the establishment?

    Like

  27. 64
    Fatty Watson says:

    We need a biased Labour supporter to blame everything on the Tories.

    Like

  28. 70
    Finger of Fun says:

    On the same vein; there is a proposal to put up a statue of Gandhi in Parl sq. Have a look at his so called ‘sexual experiments’. The same standards should apply.

    Like

  29. 72
    OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT says:

    Lady B-S would have done a good job, exposing all Dave’s bumsexers and their predecessors — so she had to be taken off it.

    Fucking scheming lying perverted kweer mafia wins again as usual.

    Bring on the Taliban instead to get rid of the bastards once and for all.

    Like

    • 159
      Meanwhile says:

      Dave mentioned “the church” when he announced these enquiries. Does that extend to the catholic peedo scandal which hit the headlines a couple of years ago?

      Like

      • 199
        Fugit Tempus says:

        Today Danczuk MP stated to the BBC that the Bishop of Liverpool might be good for the job. His choice certainly shows he is off the human scale if he believes the Church, which is in child abuse and molestation up to their armpits, can provide justice and wisdom to this serious issue.
        Do we have any politicians of wisdom and without bias?
        If we get a foreigner in to head the committee his/her report will get buried.
        What a sad state of affairs this country is in.

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  30. 74
    New Chair person? says:

    The BBC is so full of it self coming into every ones living room every moment of the day well how about one of their chairs of their panels. Maybe a bit costly, that s the BBC for you. Plenty of controversy. We will get a national debate without it being closed down with all sorts of weird and wonderful views, and truth. Good luck judging from your sofa.

    Like

    • 139
      Truth4U says:

      There are many households which shun any BBC news output entering their houses and obtain basic factual news from a broad range of other sources.

      Like

      • 200
        Dammit Janet. says:

        100,000 household at the last count one year ago. I bet 150,000 now.
        Wisdom does prevail outside the bubbles of BBC and Westminster, no matter what they believe.

        Like

  31. 75
    Anonymous says:

    The person who DIDN’T see this coming should be chopped.

    Like

  32. 78

    The active measures have been successful against her, but who will replace ?

    She was clearly put up in order to be taken down.

    That may have been a fatal error for some, and will make it harder to discredit what eventually does or does not emerge from the inquiry.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 96

      If we are really unlucky, we’ll get Lord Justice Rupert Jackson. This is the man who, with a little help from his friends, has rendered the Civil Justice System practically unusable. Like Marvin, the paranoid Android, this lad has a brain the size of a planet but is decidedly better-suited opening doors for people.

      Like

      • 144

        LOL – but not ha-ha.

        This really is a job for B’aker, but May doesn’t want to tie a ribbon to that pole just yet because the public wouldn’t get it.

        Larry must be wanting kippers now – tired of lamb.

        Vote UKIP :-D

        Like

      • 183
        Dai Lemma says:

        Could tell you the volume of a jam jar just by looking at it, not a chance in hell of getting the top off though.

        Like

  33. 79
    bergen says:

    Supposedly at an event where all leading political journalist of every persuasion would have been gathered and it remained secret.

    No….utter fantasy.

    Like

    • 97
      bubble says:

      “and it remained secret”

      It wasn’t secret. They – as in media and political class – all knew. Only the public didn’t.

      Like

    • 99
      non taxable pikey says:

      If this is utter fantasy as you say, then I expect soon to hear of a libel case. If not then it’s true.

      I think I know, or can guess who the current serving Minister is, if I get close enough to him I will ask him “vigorously” if it is true.

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      • 148
        One Small Point says:

        If it’s true, like you say, then I expect soon to hear of a court case. If not, then it’s untrue.

        If you think you know who it is you can try a citizens arrest, can’t you?

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  34. 80
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    We may need an inquiry into the setting up of the inquiry. Get the impression their hearts are not really in it, now why could that possibly be?.

    Like

  35. 84
    non taxable pikey says:

    I have been watching “House of Cards” again, but real-life has overtaken fiction. This hopefully will weaken Camoron even more.

    Like

  36. 85
    Scandals*R*Us says:

    That’s got the obviously biased and corrupt class of judges thrown out of this crusade (sorry, inquiry). Next, let’s kill all the paediatricians!

    Like

  37. 87

    Now then, I wonder who it is?
    I say children, let’s play a little game…..Eeny meany miny mo, catch a errr….

    Like

  38. 88
    Liam Fox says:

    Great News. I’m back in contact with my source and can now get hold of those dodgy Parliamentary business cards bearing the Portcullis House logo.
    £1000 for a box of 500.
    Just send me your name and address together with the reddies in used tenners.

    Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more, say no more.

    (Tomahawk missiles on back order…..available soon)

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  39. 90
    Fabian Society membership secretary says:

    Let this be a lesson on what happens when you don’t pay your subs!

    Like

  40. 91

    To:

    Plugging leaks
    Plastering over cracks
    Applying 3 coats best quality whitewash
    Making good
    All materials g’teed till next election……..

    £500,000 plus VAT*

    *unless youay cash-in-hand

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  41. 98
    #omnishambles says:

    Like

    • 118
      well says:

      Brighton Green Party has just failed in it’s bid to raise council
      taxes by 5.9% because of lack of cross party support.
      It should have done it’s homework and avoided such a shambles.

      Like

      • 138
        Bill Quango MP says:

        2nd highest parking charges in the UK.

        First is in Chelsea.

        Well done Greens..making life uneconomical for all.

        Like

    • 201
      Dammit Janet. says:

      Motormouth Lucas knows absolutely nothing above making decisions above her 5th league position.

      Like

  42. 100
    Andy Coulson says:

    I honestly think this is even bigger than Watergate.

    Like

  43. 104
    Gideon, Tory leadership candidate says:

    This one’s on May, she wanted Baroness Bungle!

    Like

  44. 105
    OwenJones84 says:

    Like

    • 111

      Sod the inquiry.

      Just arrest convict and imprison the offenders.

      Like

      • 114
        Brian Leveson says:

        Talking about Inquiries can we start Part Two of my own Inquiry or should we await the outcome of Mr Coulson’s retrial ?

        At the current rate of progress I will have retired before I have even started.

        Like

      • 172
        Peter Bottomley says:

        I hope you don’t mean me?

        I’ll sue.

        Like

    • 151
      Mini-Jones says:

      Great news, can we now have a blackwash and an outside job!

      Like

    • 202
      Liebor Party Chief Policy Wonk says:

      I have a brilliant idea. We will ask Gordon Brown to chair the committee.
      He has the integrity and intellectual ability to get at the truth and put it into words that nobody understands.

      Like

    • 212
      Bean Counter-Because Instead Of Leaving My Shitty Job And Finding Another One I Go On Strike says:

      And what’s the National Debt? Will the UK being in the EU help this scenario? Will the UK giving £10Billion in Foreign Aid (which it doesn’t have) help this? Will the ‘Statist’ Socialists realise that they’ve bankrupted the UK?…..Don’t tell me ‘Growth’, will save the day. Anyone know of an Economic Viagra? These fools seem to think they do…

      Like

  45. 106
    Lets bash the Bishop says:

    This is what I call a U turn.

    Like

  46. 107
    Winston says:

    Hmm….names of only dead people, who can’t defend themselves. I think the giveaway to this made-up story, is the pile of cocaine in the middle of the room. This is a Hollywood fantasy. Can’t wait for the C4 series.

    Like

  47. 113
    Uncle Leon says:

    I’m no oil painting.

    Like

  48. 115
    MI5 says:

    All this unpleasantness could have been avoided if ‘call me Dave’ Dave had popped around to Thames House to read the dossier we maintain.

    Like

  49. 116

    Just listening to the News. Apparently the resignation of Lady BS is a “Blowjob” for the Government. Might have had my attention diverted but that’s exactly, almost what someone might have said.

    Like

    • 122
      Flying over the Westminster Village says:

      Who in their right mind would want to take over from Butler Sloss ?

      This is a can of worms and will ruin anyone’s career.

      Like

      • 131
        Where's my fucking owl says:

        Robinson for once has hit the nail on the head.

        What is the point of announcing an Inquiry with no terms of reference, no end game in sight, no documentation and no Chair or administration ?

        Perhaps the Prime Minister could explain ?

        Like

        • 132
          An old Ethiopian says:

          By the time this lot have got their act sorted out people who should be imprisoned will have died.

          Never mind British justice is the best in the World.

          Like

        • 146
          The farmer who milked his wife says:

          It’s quite simple. Inquiries are set up so that politicians can use it as an excuse to dodge questions for several years and by the time an inquiry finishes nobody cares about what it was inquiring into.

          Like

  50. 120
    Uncle Leon says:

    Wait for me!

    Like

  51. 133
    People's Poet says:

    The name’s Butler-Sloss
    I’ve become a dead loss
    To smoke-out your peady
    Appoint someone speedy
    Also, I look like a hoss

    Like

  52. 142
    Socrates says:

    So who do I write to with my evidence about the Lib Dems in Portsmouth?

    Like

    • 149
      Handy Handcock says:

      The local MP, of course!

      Like

      • 163
        Socrates says:

        Yes, I thought that might be the case. ‘I am writing to you to concerning persistent allegations about you and I would be grateful if you would investigate yourself forthwith.’

        There should be a parliamentary pro forma.

        Like

        • 203
          Handycock says:

          To Socrates. I have passed your information to the local police who have promised me to action it in the best way possible. See you in ten years or more.

          Like

  53. 154
    The farmer who milked his wife says:

    There’s only one suitable replacement who is sure to come up with the right answers – step forward Lord Hutton of Whitewash! The establishment needs you.

    Like

  54. 157
    Owhine Jones says:

    I lookand act like a litle child so why won’t any MP shag me?

    Like

  55. 158
    The Critic says:

    no terms of reference & no agreed purpose? Robinson could be describing himself.

    Like

  56. 160
    disgustedyorkie says:

    Sad to see her nephew’s valiant support wasn’t enough

    does he still frequent BROTHELS ?

    Like

  57. 161
    Meanwhile says:

    Theresa said that the Inquiry was not expected to report until after the next election. At this rate it won’t even have been started until after the next election.

    Like

    • 171
      Theresa May or May Not says:

      No, no, I said after the election. Not the next election. Please try to keep up.

      Like

  58. 162
    A nightmare on Elm Road says:

    I suspect she will still be getting a cheque in the post.

    Like

  59. 165
    Witch Hunt Nonce Finder @BBC says:

    The BBC are hard necked immoral scum.

    Like

  60. 166
    Johnny says says:

    RE the Robinson tweet.

    An enquiry with no terms of reference & no agreed purpose might actually stand a chance of discovering the truth. The terms of reference and agreed purpose are efforts to ensure enquiries consider only what the government wants it to.

    Like

  61. 170
    Dame Elizabeth Butler - Sloss says:

    Sadly I must announce that I feel obliged to stand down from the enquiry.

    As you may realise, I am not closely enough related to many of the suspects.

    Being the Lord Chancellor and Atourney General’s sister is, as you know, too distant a relationship to events to ensure a right outcome for the enquiry.

    I wish the newly appointed Lord Brittan, and the other Members of the Eternal Lodge of the Emeritus Home Office, very best of luck in drawing the correct conclusions.

    Like

  62. 175
    Jilted John mcnutter says:

    I wish politicians would stop saying they want to get to the bottom of it.

    This is where the problem is.

    Is it possible to get a list of politicians who haven’t abused children?

    Like

  63. 177
    The Public says:

    It’s a shame the job won’t be given to Phillip Schofield. About the only one in the MSM who bothered to take the issue up with Cameron before this all blew up.

    Like

    • 181
      Fabian of The Yard says:

      Evening all !

      Is Nick Robinson (he of the BBC) John Reginald Halliday Christie’s love child? I think we should be told.

      Like

  64. 179

    Where will the blood shed end? People must be trying hard to cover it all up and have applied pressure against Butler-Sloss

    Like

  65. 186
    News from down under says:

    Skippy the Bush kangaroo finally broke her silence today…

    She said not only did Rolf Harris tie her down but he wrote a fucking song about it

    Like

  66. 192
    Drag Queen of Tarts says:

    Now Cammy can appoint Andy Coulson to do this job, which is what he always wanted. After all, he is in the nick so is well placed to learn from the lags who reallly know about nonces.

    Like

  67. 194
    That's M Barrister says:

    “I should like to add that I have dedicated my life to public service, to the pursuit of justice and to protecting the rights of children and families”

    This woman made such a mess of the family courts and children’s rights of access to their dads with her tiny conservative mind. It was as if the Childrens Act had never been written.

    Thank Heaven for Brenda Hale and James Mumby.

    Like

  68. 211
    P Bottomist says:

    Of all the boys I’ve loved before……….cue orchestra…….

    Like

  69. 213
    Tel E. Caster says:

    Don’t be a tribalist all your life.

    Like


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