And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green & pleasant Land
And here's another. Yet despite all this he was championed by the Establishment, often lauded as a hero and a ‘protector of children’ through his various charities and his work with hospitals all across the country. Personally speaking, as a young teen I would often discuss with my friends just how disturbing Savile’s public persona really was. This was not a man who presented a carefully-cultivated mask of congeniality and warmth to hide behind. I didn’t have a single friend at the time who found Savile anything less than disturbing, though it became something of a dark, awful joke to them, and I naively found myself continually shocked that they weren’t as permanently incensed by his presence as I was. An alarming number of Savile’s television cohorts and fellow BBC DJs have now been revealed as dangerous rapists and sexual predators, and thusly convicted. But there are other high-profile names and BBC employees who were arrested by Operation Yewtree, often with information linking them to Savile, but for whom all charges were dropped for ‘lack of evidence’. The names of the convicted offenders include: pop star Gary Glitter, BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis, publicist for the rich and famous Max Clifford, BBC chauffeur David Smith, BBC DJ Chris Denning, former BBC DJ and music mogul Jonathan King, and a self-confessed close friend of Savile; musician, children’s entertainer and royal darling Rolf Harris CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
This sad and familiar story is one repeated at dozens of children’s care homes across the country, including the North Wales care homes scandal – where inquiries into claims of organised abuse are set up and then intentionally hampered to stop well-meaning investigators and police officers from doing their jobs properly. It’s a frustrating cycle of obfuscation encountered by countless abuse investigators and police officers attempting to bring these horrors to light and seek justice for the abuse victims and their families.
Another case in point, the recent re-emergence of the Prince Andrew sex-slave claims filed in the United States by Virginia Roberts. Miss Roberts claims that she was forced to have under-age sex with the Duke of York on multiple occasions, through sex parties organised by Prince Andrew’s close friend the convicted paedophile and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew continued to maintain a friendship with Epstein despite his trial, conviction and prison sentence. Regardless of the truth behind these sex-slave claims, what is a member of the British Royal Family doing continuing a close friendship with a convicted paedophile who also happens to be one of the most powerful financiers in the United States? It’s not just the Duke of York affected by such allegations either, other prominent members of the royal family have been dogged by less public rumours of abuse, paedophilia, corruption and violence for many, many years. The Windsors are steeped in rumour and allegations of sexual scandal going back to before the Second World War. Whether such less public rumours are true or not remains to be seen. At the very least, the British Royal family and high-ranking members of the government, military and media all seem to keep very strange and disturbing company, and immediately close ranks to protect one another when events like these child abuse scandals begin to noticeably affect the public consciousness.
(To Be Continued...)