Tuesday, 15 July 2014

You Couldn't Make It Up

The television cameras were filming outside the former site of Kincora Boys' Home this afternoon, and small wonder. Clint Massey, who was abused at the home during the 1970s and has waived his right to anonymity, has called for the hostel's inclusion in the current UK inquiry into child abuse.

For that inquiry the newspapers continue to furnish a veritable surfeit of fresh material. Former Conservative activist Anthony Gilberthorpe has claimed in the Daily Mirror that he procured underage rent boys for the benefit of top Tories at conference parties held at hotels in Blackpool and Brighton, one of which also featured a "table of cocaine". Those "said to be present at the parties included Keith Joseph, Rhodes Boyson, Dr Alistair Smith and Michael Havers", all of whom have since died. While the gay age of consent was then set at the discriminatory level of 21, Gilberthorpe claims that some of the boys "were clearly only about 15 or 16 years old". Of one party at the Grand Hotel in Brighton he said:
"It was held on the night before the bomb went off and afterwards one MP crudely joked that it was a good job it was, or there would have been rent boys falling through the floor."
Now perhaps best known as father of the actor Nigel, Michael Havers was also the Attorney General for England and Wales whose handling of child abuse allegations has been thought controversial enough to compromise his sister, Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss — a circumstance that has now led her to step down from the planned inquiry. Not only that, but in his parallel role as Attorney General for Northern Ireland, Havers also wrote the terms of reference for the original inquiry into Kincora Boys' Home, which explicitly excluded the investigation of any potential offenders except the staff of the hostel.

Further historic allegations of paedophilia have been levelled by the Scotsman at Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, a former Solicitor General for Scotland once memorably described as a "tartan muppet".  An RP-speaker with a penchant for the trews of a clan chief, Sir Nicholas, who drank himself to death in 1995, has been tentatively identified as the "N. Fairburn" listed as a guest at the Elm Guest House in Barnes along with the late Cyril Smith and other politicians who cannot be named.

That visit took place on 7 June 1982, a matter of months after Fairbairn's mistress had attempted suicide at their London flat.

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