The Jimmy Savile scandal looks like being one of the worst child abuse cases ever in British history.
Savile’s disgusting sexual tastes are the subject of much media attention. Tonight a Panorama special will throw up even more damaging material about the BBC cover-up of Savile’s abuse, including a probe into the “shelved” Newsnight programme that was going to “out” Savile as a child molester last year.
The whole sordid business highlights once more the horrific blight on this country of child abuse.
Weekend revelations about Savile’s use of threats concerning his gangland and IRA connections to silence both his victims and those who threatened to expose him have, if it is possible, lowered public opinion of the man even more.
That Savile could engage in a decades-long spree of what amounts to a career in rape and sexual molestation while being feted as a folk hero and lionised by the BBC is now a thing of astonishment to the British public.
Yet it is a reflection of British society, terrible though it is.
Savile’s intelligence cannot be contested since he did the “smart” thing and hid out in the open, boasting of how he liked young girls and would lure them with Haribos and Smarties.
People laughed at this like they would a mischievous old uncle but Uncle Jimmy was the one laughing at them. He used the culture of his times to mask his preying on the young and innocent.
“Jimmy likes them young,” was his cover.
No-one bothered to ask how young and, horrible though it is to say it, back in the sixties and seventies nobody bothered that much.
Ironically, the woman responsible for changing the culture in Britain to one in which today much more pointed questions would be put to the likes of Savile about his liking for young girls is caught up in the maelstrom of the Savile scandal. Esther Rantzen, a BBC pillar herself, has coughed up to knowing about Savile’s activities.
It was an open secret at the Beeb, apparently.
It very often is at certain institutions where it goes on.
Sadly, people don’t come forward until the damage has been done and it is under investigation, much like the hordes now coming forward to tell of their own experience with Savile.
Of course, young girls were not the only victims if other reports are to be believed. There are accusations of Savile abusing boys too and it appears he liked them even younger. Savile’s necrophiliac tendencies have also hit the papers. This dark side of the man’s sexuality is a long-standing rumour in Glasgow, where he apparently had an arrangement to have some time with corpses in a hospital morgue.
Public revulsion and hatred of Jimmy Savile has reached levels where it has become necessary to remove his gravestone and considerations are being made as to the removal of his coffin.
Sadly, child abuse is endemic in our society. No matter how many times you hear of it, though, it still has the power to shock and horrify. And so it should.
For all the advances we have made in civilisation, it could be argued that children today are more in danger and more vulnerable than ever before.
Progress in medicine and nutrition may have ensured that our children are much less prone to die of disease and malnutrition than previous generations but when you can’t let your kids out to play in the street, it points to a much deeper malaise at the heart of society.
The brutal truth is that children are more than ever at threat from the sickness of evil that afflicts too many adults in the populace.
It is a vital matter that this threat to the safety and wellbeing of children be addressed, not just by politicians and the media, but by every right-thinking, decent person in this country.
I can’t think of a better way to end this than these words:-
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.