Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, who spent two years as home secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet, has been challenged to reveal what happened to a dossier that it is claimed was handed to him in the 1980s detailing an alleged paedophile conspiracy in Westminster.Burned or shredded would be my guess, certainly not locked down under a 100 year rule because politicians are worse than doctors for covering the backs of their own. It may of course be that the file contained nothing provable merely scurrilous tittle-tattle yet with what's going on in the rest of the country over allegations made against celebs back in the sixties and seventies it would be interesting to see what was being alleged against the powers that were...
A Labour MP who has investigated allegations of child sexual abuse against Cyril Smith, the late MP, said a file was presented to Lord Brittan - then Leon Brittan - at the Home Office but no action appeared to have been taken.
Simon Danczuk, MP for Smith’s Rochdale constituency, claimed that Parliament was the “last refuge of child sex abuse deniers”.
Giving evidence to the House of Commons’ home affairs select committee Mr Danczuk said the mystery dossier had been compiled by another politician, Geoffrey Dickens, the Conservative MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth until his death in 1995.
It contained allegations about the activities of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which campaigned to abolish the age of consent and was granted affliate status by the National Council for Civil Liberties when Harriet Harman, the current Labour party deputy leader, worked for the rights group in the 1970s.
There have of course been rumours about a highly placed paedophile gang operating in and out of Westminster for as long as I can remember (and probably longer as my interest in politics goes back a mere thirty years) It does appear that power and sex do go together to an extent and that some politicians being (in my eyes) a bunch of deviants then their predilections are no real surprise.
Still I'll be willing to bet this file never sees the light of day and that Lord Brittan suffers an extremely embarrassing memory loss and several still extant politicians as well as a number of retired ones heave a sigh of relief...