The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, also known as the Goddard Inquiry, has started in the UK. This long overdue Inquiry will
“investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales.”
For the Inquiry to succeed it has to examine the records held by public authorities that contain reference to child sexual abuse and allegations of child sexual abuse. To make sure records were available; the Home Secretary issued a moratorium on records destruction. The Inquiry’s chair wrote to all public authorities to advise them about what they needed to keep and what they could destroy.
The 21st century version of arcana imperii is alive and well in the UK civil service
What the Inquiry confronts, though, is the problem of arcana imperii. In all imperial systems, and the…
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