A Media Note on Telford

The BBC has a quote from Police Supt Tom Harding, who is in charge of West Mercia Police in the town of Telford: I’m concerned about the 1,000 figure because I don’t know the basis upon which it was reached and actually we’ve worked with a number of young people over many years around CSE […]

Conservative Christians Denounce “Bizarre” Consultation Between CPS and Police on Lord Carey

A letter in the Daily Telegraph: Operation Yewtree and its successor Operation Hydrant have investigated hundreds of cases of suspected misconduct in public office and have yet to bring a case to trial. For example, no one has been charged with any offence in relation to the misdemeanours of Jimmy Savile. The cases against Lord Bramall, […]

Snowflake Hacks Denounce Millennials Over Sympathy for Frankenstein’s Monster

For journalists seeking a bit of effortless copy, there is apparently no easier target these days than young adults – aka “millennials” – and their supposed “snowflake” inability to react sensibly to the realities of life. Presumably we are supposed to overlook the fact that it often appears to be the splenetic and offended hacks […]

Australia Media Watch Highlights Problems with “Westminster VIP Child-Sex Abuse” Documentary

In Australia, ABC’s Media Watch programme has run a segment on “Spies, Lords and Predators”, a sensational documentary broadcast on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes in July 2015, at the height of journalistic frenzy over historical allegations relating to supposed “Westminster VIP” child-sex abusers. There are few surprises for those of us who have been following the story in […]

David Aaronovitch Accuses “VIP Westminster Abuse” Conspiracy Journalist of Link to “Anti-Semitic Creep”

From Mark Watts, formerly of Exaro News: I can confirm, as @ciabaudo disclosed, that Bar Standards Board issued Barbara Hewson with “administrative warning” last July over her “Twitter activity”… #barbietroll — Mark Watts (@MarkWatts_1) February 27, 2018 Several years ago, Watts was promising that very soon the police would confirm allegations of “Westminster VIP child sex […]

A Note on the Latest FGM Prosecution Failure

From the Mail on Sunday: A senior policewoman is facing questions over her links to the key witness in a failed female genital mutilation prosecution that cost taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds. DCI Leanne Pook took control of the investigation after campaigner Sami Ullah claimed a minicab driver had told him he had allowed his […]

A Note on the Media and Jan Sarkocy

From the Daily Mail, 16 February: Jeremy Corbyn was a paid informant of the Czech secret police at the height of the Cold War, a former Communist secret agent claims. Former spy Jan Sarkocy said he recruited the MP, codenamed Cob, in the 1980s. …’It was a consensual collaboration,’ Mr Sarkocy said. At his home in […]

Sarah Champion MP Speculates on MPs Committing Child Sex Abuse, Reaffirms “Believe the Victim” Principle

Politics Home reports: EXCL Sitting MPs ‘probably involved in some form of child abuse’, claims Labour backbencher The article was published yesterday, although I had to double-check the date: not so long ago sensational tales about “VIP Westminster paedophiles” provided a near-constant stream of sensational headlines (and not just in tabloids), but in the wake of […]

A Note on the “Real 48 Per Cent” Death Threats

The Guardian reports: Prominent Brexit supporters including the Conservative leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, have been sent death threats by an anonymous source who signed off as “the real 48%”. Four letters that appear to have been sent by a remain supporter were reported to police on Monday. Six leave donors received correspondence last […]

Some Notes on a Sunday Mirror Hit-Piece on Barbara Hewson

From the Sunday Mirror: Bar this troll: Human rights barrister accused of vile rants against child sex victims A probe has been launched into a top human rights barrister after she was accused of trolling a string of child sex abuse victims online. Law chiefs are looking into the claims against Barbara Hewson, 56, following complaints […]