For nine years I worked at the BBC and the rumours about Jimmy Saville were well known amongst staff, particularly the HIGNFY transcript.
On has to ask the question why he chose to do nothing about it? Turning a blind eye because everyone else is, surely is not an acceptable excuse for an MP?
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Mr Offord has been talking to the local press and made some quite appalling and disturbing statements. He told the Press Group
"There would have been nothing more to do. It was 30 years ago. In a lot of these cases we all pray that the behaviour is relegated to the past. He had been a been off mainstream TV for many years and had become a peripheral elderly figure.”
In other words, the fact that he was knocking on a bit,. it was a long time ago and he isn't on telly any more so we can forget about it. This is truly appalling attitude. What deterent is there in an attitude like this. As a Roman Catholic, I am pleased that elderly priests who abused children are being brought to book. Why on earth should Mr Offord take the view that a celebrity should be treated differently because he isn't on telly any more.
He told the Times Group
“There is no way I would have gone to the police or my line manager and reported that I’d heard rumours and it was so long after it was supposed to have happened that it was no longer on the news agenda."
Am I alone in finding Mr Offords attitude repulsive. Sexual abuse of minors cannot be tolerated for any reason. Mr Savile had a unique position of power. It seems Mr Offord felt his career was more important than justice for the victims of abuse.
I am truly sickened.
I tweeted a message to Mike Freer MP, who clearly understands that this is an issue and that actiuon should have been taken. Whilst I may disagree with Mr Freer on political ideology, he does at least seem to know right from wrong.
Here is our twitter exchange