Published on 5 Nov 2012

Cameron moves to clear up north Wales abuse scandal

Downing Street looks like it’s moving towards deciding that there will probably need to be two fresh investigations into how the North Wales care home scandal was handled. 

There’ll be a review of the original Waterhouse Inquiry which will look amongst other things at the terms of reference which the original judge said prevented him looking at the claims of abuse off the precincts of the care homes and which therefore left the claims of farming out to paedophiles uninvestigated. Was that a mishap or something more suspicious? Why were names redacted from the victim statements to the police? Separately the Home Office may be tapping up a former police chief to look into whether possible leads on paedophile sex crimes were properly investigated at the time.

It sounds like the justice department is being tapped for a judge willing to do the job. The areas for investigation could include the question of why the original terms of reference for the Waterhouse inquiry didn’t allow the judge leading it to look into alleged paedophile crimes committed against children living at the care home while they were outside the care home.

The Prime Minister  broke into his middle east trip in Abu Dhabi to promise that the man at the centre of the allegations, former care home resident Steve Messham, will be given an opportunity to make his case directly to the secretary of state for Wales. Mr Messham will also meet with a representative of the Home Office tomorrow.

Mr Messham was told all this in a phone call from No. 10 this morning. He  was also told that he could expect to meet with David Cameron personally in the future. It’s all a great neon glaring sign that David Cameron wants to be seen to have done everything possible to clear up what happened and get things pursued further where necessary … to avoid any future claim of a cover-up and put vast distance between himself and any damaging headlines alleging paedophile activity by a former senior Tory aide.

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5 reader comments

  1. Philip Edwards says:

    Gary,

    Lest we forget: the Thatcher era was when you media people helped Thatcher and her spivs peddle their nonsense about “Family values” and “Victorian values.”

    There may even be some naifs who fell for all that lying garbage.

    But that was before Ceecil Parkinson and Sarah Keyes, the Windsor family mass divorces and affairs, the cabinet attacks on provincial Britain, Hillsborough corruption, Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken. And that was only the tip of the iceberg.

    As for North Wales care home scandals – who can forget the Kincora scandal at about the same time?

    Do you detect a pattern here? And if so, why did all you political journos miss it for an entire generation while we “ordinary” citizens tried to alert you? Why did you all ignore the evidence?

    My instinct is that if Cameron carries on like this the neocon attacks on him will increase. After Leveson, after Hillsborough……now a care home scandal.

    Can you hear the sound of flapping chicken wings entering the roost?

  2. Mudplugger says:

    I seem to recall that the Waterhouse Inquiry was established by the then secretary of state for Wales, one William Hague – at least he’s still around to answer for his specification.

    The problem for Cameron is that we all know where this, along with the Savile revelations, is leading – and it’s not leading anywhere good for the Conservative Party. It may be past history, but the aroma lingers on. This party-bias may even have influenced Tom Watson just a tad.

    However, I am sure Mr Watson is also aware that his own party and the Liberal Democrats have plenty of this model of skeleton in both their closets which, should the Tories see fit to retaliate, could get very ugly indeed.

    On the positive side, it could raise questions about the motivations involved in our entry to, and remaining in, the EEC – if that link stimulates our rapid exit, it may have proved worth while after all.

  3. lyndi johnson says:

    I would like to know why ALL the victims from ALL the uk in the last 50 years are not allowed to attend a national meeting after all i can not see how better those that have PAID with their life’s in the watershed of claims can be represented because no victim could allow this to be BRUSHED UNDER THE RUG ! so still the truth is not being told spoken of GMI when will the police own up to stifling victims cries or are they intent on hiding the truth i do not think they are aware of just how many are waiting in the” wings ” ready to come forward with hidden pasts.
    Some kids used after the war to secure documents in the guise of children pushed for sexual services so what now & how long will the hole truth and nothing but the truth so god help you britain !

  4. Frances Mannion says:

    Understand Keith Gregory can name names. Think that a newspaper should name them and invite the suspects to sue if they are not happy. Worked in the Stephen Lawrence case. Its time victims were not being mistreated to ensure the legal rights of criminals. Keith, publish and be damned. Least you can then live with yourself. Go for it.

  5. Iain says:

    Not again!!!

    Why does Camerom, handed a list, assume paedophiles = gays? Many are not.

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