This is an excellent briefing in The Week for anybody unfamiliar with the various strands that led to yesterday’s meeting of the Home Affairs Committee: Fiona Woolf was questioned regarding her chairmanship of the National Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
And here’s the BBC reporting: Legal challenge launched over abuse inquiry chair
My perspective is:
1. the first chairperson Elizabeth Butler-Sloss had to resign because she had ‘conflicts of interest’;
2. this second choice Fiona Woolf is again perceived to have too many close links with the ‘establishment’ but claims to be an ‘ordinary citizen’:
- she also kept mentioning ’10 years’ as being too long without wanting to commit herself to a time frame;
- she was very non-credible as she is travelling the world in her role as Lord Mayor and therefore didn’t have time to meet the panel of experts that has been selected between her and the Home Secretary;
- she keeps talking about the ‘victim community’ as if victims were all ‘happily living together’;
- she does NOT come across as someone who is going to impose her powers and will to anybody who would want to impose her.
And that is the ultimate reason for why she should resign, I feel. For what she is up against is the Police, the Judiciary, the Courts, the secret Family Courts, the Court of Protection, banks, politicians, secret services, whom have I forgotten?
I wonder whether I’ll hear from her. After all, I gave her a copy of From Hillsborough to Lambeth and a page of this website, together with my business card…
The Week’s article refers to these previous ones:
- Will Tory whips’ ‘Dirt Book’ prove paedophile cover-up? [08 July 2014]
- Westminster paedophile claims: May reacts to inquiry pressure [07 July 2014]
- ’10 politicians’ on Westminster ‘paedophile ring’ list [05 July 2014]
The full list of articles appeared under Child Sexual Abuse so far covers nearly 20 articles: http://www.theweek.co.uk/tags/child-abuse-inquiry
And please remember John Hemming MP’s blog post: The disappearance of Children from Care and the CSA Inquiry of July 2014.