Thursday, July 23, 2015

Laws For Some, Coverups For Others

Just gotta be in the right club and you can get away with anything.
However, the papers did contain a “striking example” of how crimes against children were treated much less seriously than they would be now. The lawyers cited a document written in November 1986 about an unnamed MP accused by two sources of having a “penchant for small boys” by the then head of MI5, Sir Antony Duff, and sent to Sir Robert Armstrong, now Baron Armstrong of Ilminster but then Secretary of the Cabinet under Margaret Thatcher.

Sir Antony wrote: “At the present stage... the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger.”

Mr Wanless and Mr Whittam wrote in a supplementary note to their formal review report that “the risk to children is not considered at all”.