News) There can be little doubt that there have been serious cover-ups
over VIP child sex abuse over the years. Now the Government should be
allowed complete access to all of MI5’s secret files which will reveal
the names of those responsible, says MP Tom Watson, who, three years
ago, was the first to raise these allegations in the House of Commons.
believes that in the course of the investigations, the Official Secrets
Act should be set aside in order for evidence to be gathered
Mr Watson said:
“The MI5 files are key to understanding who knew what and when.
“They might also reveal how reported crimes were not adequately investigated and on whose orders.”
inquiry into VIP paedophiles has run into constant problems since its
inception last year. A major difficulty has been in finding someone to
lead the inquiry, as the first candidate chosen, Lady Elizabeth
Butler-Sloss, was found to have links to the establishment and was
removed from her position after only 6 days. Her replacement, Fiona
Woolf only stayed in the job for a month before stepping down.
February 2015, a new leader of the inquiry was appointed with no links
to the UK establishment. Dame Lowell Goddard, a 66 year old judge from
New Zealand, took up the role of Chairman and prepared to lead the
investigations. She has, however, declared that all State departments
will be required to comply with orders to release files to the inquiry.
the evidence gathering process has been very lengthy, it appears that
the inquiry itself may now be ready to start, with a first year budget
of £17.9 million.
investigations into the serial sex abuse of Liberal MP Cyril Smith
were closed down by Special Branch in the 1970s, allowing him to
terrorise children across four more decades.
“There are serious
claims of an Establishment cover-up of allegations of paedophile abuse
involving the then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in the 1980s.
also now well-documented how police failed to prosecute senior British
diplomat and MI6 operative Sir Peter Hayman in 1978 despite having a
sickening stash of paedophile literature and sexual fantasy diaries.”