There was a time (for some, never I) where the image of Jimmy Savile smoking a big cigar with a young girl on his lap was nothing more than the prelude to a rendition of Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz performed specially for aforementioned young girl after her crayoned letter reached the good old BBC. I don’t think the new relevance of such an image needs explaining.
Yes, this week was the week when the 70s fell down for so many who were there, participating (in the 70s) enthusiastically at the time. It’s neither my business nor my desire to comment on the details of the abuses of which we are hearing; it’s an inexcusable business and the fact that it was allowed to go on, even when known about by some, makes me feel ill.
So why was it allowed to go on? Was Savile really so highly thought of by his peers that they would allow him to abuse the trust of innocent children and their parents? Was he really such high ranking pop royalty that his alleged pedophilia was shrugged off as no more than the eccentric peccadillo of a good and harmless man? Can any one of those claiming to have known or even suspected such terrible things of a man look themselves in the mirror now? I hope not.
The more people come forward to say “we always suspected” the more the country should ask “why did you never say anything?” And each one of these (lets face it) accessories to the crimes Savile has been accused of should be treated as harshly as any other accessory to child abuse. Janet Street Porter claims that it was no secret: well it was, it was a big secret shared by those who knew it. And the bigger that group the more ashamed I am of the people in it. Morally repugnant individuals, all.
Speaking of which, Kay Burley was on top want-to-punch-her form today when she decided it was in the public interest to drag speechless shock reactions to the news of the probable murder of a missing five year old to the volunteers and family friends searching the area to find April Jones. Just when you thought Sky News could sink no lower than their Raoul Moat coverage… “Sure we HEARD him shoot himself on air, but we didn’t see anything (thought Sky News, probably) so maybe this time, if we shove our cameras into the faces of the search party members, we might see some grief or maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll be present when they find her corpse!”
What a sick and sorry world we live in.