In yet another blow to the credibility of the establishment, the proposed inquiry into the alleged cover up of the crimes of paedophiles high up in the political, legal, media and business world appears to be falling apart because of repeated attempts to pack the inquiry with establishemt figures.
Alleged victims of abuse involved in the historic abuse case currently being investigated by MPs and police have advised Home Secretary Theresa May, that they are ready to withdraw support from the Government’s child sex inquiry. Twenty-three individuals, some of whom claim as children they suffered serious and prolonged abuse at the hands on senior Members of Parliament, Senior Civil servants and other high ranking figures in the public sector, sent Mrs May a letter claiming the inquiry is “not fit for purpose”.
The threat comes ahead of a meeting between Mrs. May and her advisers and representatives of victim support groups for child sex abuse survivors on Friday which could lead to the inquiry being further undermined. Already the inquiry has been delayed twice when people appointed to lead it, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Fiona Woolf were revealed to have business, social or political links with people named among the alleged abusers.
The chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), Peter Saunders, said his group would withdraw support for the inquiry if Mrs May does not pledge to give it statutory status, which would vastly increase its powers to subpoena evidence.
“We are the largest survivors’ group and we have some very significant concerns about this inquiry,” Mr Saunders said.
“Mrs May has said she is willing to meet us about our requests but if she says no we will probably walk away.
“I am not hopeful that we will get what we want.
“The Home Secretary has said she is willing to consider granting the inquiry statutory status at some point in the future but that she will not do so at this stage.
“We think this is wrong – it’s a deal-breaker.”
The withdrawal of NAPAC and other support groups would be a major blow to the credibility of any inquiry.