Conservative Party Faces Bullying Controversies

From Breitbart London (emphases added): Former Conservative Party candidate Mark Clarke has been named as the “man at the heart” of bullying allegations made by the 21-year-old Tory activist Elliott Johnson, who is believed to have taken his own life on the night of September 15th 2015, as first reported by Breitbart London. …Another e-mail seen by […]

Guardian Says Culture of Child Abuse “Persists” in US Catholicism

This is a couple of weeks old, but I’ve just seen it and it ought to be commented on. From the Guardian: Ongoing child sex abuse in Catholic church casts shadow on pope’s US visit For decades, the locker rooms at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St Louis were a place of terror for several students […]

David Cameron, the Pig Story, and the Media: Some Thoughts

I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been amused by satirical responses to a recent report that Prime Minister David Cameron, while at university, once indulged in a prurient initiation ceremony – or, alternatively, a drunken prank – that involved placing his genitals into the mouth of a severed pig’s head. There has also […]

Metropolitan Police Operation Midland Statement: Some Concerns

A (somewhat turgid) statement from the Metropolitan Police: The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) recognises the media’s and the public’s interest in its historic child abuse investigations, and in particular, in Operation Midland. The focus of this investigation is on allegations of the homicide of three young boys. There are also allegations of sexual abuse but […]

“VIP Child Sex and Murder” Accusers Profiled

“As a sign of respect (they said) I had to wear a poppy. So they would pin one directly to my chest and hurt me badly” The Daily Mail and the Sunday Telegraph have published remarkable background pieces on “Nick” and “Darren”, the two anonymous “VIP child sex and murder” accusers who for the best part of the last […]

Bishop Peter Ball: A Reminiscence

From the website of George Conger, early last year: The former Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt. Rev. Peter Ball, who was arrested in November 2012 on suspicion of child abuse, has not been charged following an 18 month investigation by detectives from Sussex Police. On 28 Jan 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was still […]

Reyaad Khan: Dead Again

A Tweet from Shiraz Maher of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College London, 20 July: For journalists contacting re: Reyaad Khan, we’re confident he’s dead but not absolutely categoric. Likely happened about 2 wks days ago. — Shiraz Maher (@ShirazMaher) July 20, 2015 The Tweet was picked up widely in the media; […]

Exaro Responds to Daily Mail on VIP Sex Abuse Claims

In the wake of yesterday’s Daily Mail “VIP Child Abuse Inquiry is Starting to Unravel” front-page splash, Mark Watts of Exaro has written a justification of the news site’s reporting on the subject. Exaro has invested heavily in claims being made by a man using the pseudonym “Nick”, who claims to have experienced nine years of child abuse in the […]

VIP Abuse Claims: Daily Mail Turns on “Nick”

A dramatic front-page splash from the Daily Mail: VIP child abuse inquiry is starting to unravel: ‘Grave doubts’ emerge over key witness’s claim that he saw boys murdered Alleged abuse victim ‘Nick’ is ‘credible and true’, Met source said last year Yet officers have not found a ‘shred of credible evidence’ to back up claims ‘Nick’ […]

Senior Child Abuse Lawyer Warns of “Secret Societies” and “Sacrifice of Children”

The Justice Gap has today published two opposing articles on Harvey Proctor’s recent press conference, by Peter Garsden and Matthew Scott. Garsden takes the view that Proctor ought not to be “attempting to manipulate the press and public into believing that he is innocent in advance of any criminal charges”, whereas Matthew argues that “that would […]