I have no idea what the case is against him or the strength of the evidence – accusations he vehemently denies.
Neither I suspect does anybody else.
So I take issue with colleagues of mine in the media who are trying to drive home the idea it should be common practice not just for the media but the investgating authorities to name someone on arrest and before charge.
How many false allegations will it take to undermine such a practice?
Encouraging other victims to come forward
They argue that in a post-Savile era to name a potential perpretrator would encourage silent victims to come forward.
But isn’t there a risk this becomes another form of entrapment? Arrest, name then see what happens.
The Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe is against it. ACPO is against it. Senior judges are against it.
It’s rare I agree with the established view. This time I do.