Somehow, an MP with an alleged “penchant for small boys” escaped trial in the 1980’s after ‘he promised he wasn’t a paedophile’.
Last year, we saw a suspicious amount of information emerging that Whitehall had been destroying evidence of a high profile paedophile ring operating in the upper echelons of the British parliament.
To absolutely nobody’s surprise, the claims were rubbished by Peter Wanless, head of the NSPCC and Richard Whittam QC, who closed the investigation after concluding that they weren’t paedophiles – they were all just bloody lovely blokes and to not worry our poor little pleb brains about it.
The Cabinet Office has now discovered a number of documents of interest, long after the investigation has been closed, but which are now being considered as key in re-opening the case. One document written in November 1986 between Sir Antony Duff, the then head of MI5 and Sir Robert Armstrong, then Secretary of the Cabinet under Thatcher, about an as yet unnamed MP who had a “penchant for small boys”.
Sir Antony Duff writes:
At the present stage… the risks of political embarrassment to the Government is rather greater than the security danger.
Other newly found documents also refer to a number of important parliamentary figures, including Home Secretary Leon Brittan, former parliamentary secretary to Margaret Thatcher Sir Peter Morrison, former diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister Sir William van Straubenzee, who are all now dead.
This could be the latest in a long line of errors and cover-ups in our parliamentary system that would be funny if they weren’t so utterly abhorrent. It’s like a bad joke that nobody is laughing at, least of all the scores of abused children that will likely never come forward about what happened to them due to fear of retribution.
One day we might have the truth about what goes on behind closed doors in Whitehall, but it isn’t today, and it likely won’t be any time soon.