Child sexual abuse inquiry:Butler- Sloss quits after Exaro reveals Havers Kincora inquiry connection

Baroness Butler-Sloss Not her brother's keeper

Baroness Butler-Sloss Not her brother’s keeper

Baroness Butler Sloss made a dignified exit as chair of the new  overarching child sexual abuse inquiry today because of a damaging conflict of interest caused by her dead brother, the former attorney general, Michael Havers.

Her decision was announced after it was publicly revealed on the Exaro website that her brother ,Lord Havers effectively skewed the terms of reference of a  inquiry under the late  judge William Hughes to concentrate only  on staff abusing boys and not  possible prominent visitors to the Kincora boys home who are alleged to have abused them.

As Zac Goldsmith MP said on the BBC’s World at One: |”These kind of things are really big and it’s inevitable that a proper, all-encompassing inquiry would find its way all the way to Kincora. It would look at who set the terms of reference. It would look at who was excluded, who was protected by the terms of reference. And that would lead to Havers himself, who was responsible for that.”

Those who study publicly available documents can see both from the terms of the inquiry and an intriguing Cabinet minute already published on this website  which hoped this inquiry would end  “rumour and unfounded accusations”. about sexual abuse at the home.

The judge himself made pointed remarks:.

He wrote: “The conduct of the police, or elected representatives, or clergymen, or military intelligence or any other persons who may have been in receipt of allegations, information or rumours relating to Kincora or any other home, was not under scrutiny in this inquiry.”

What was missing was finding a source who could connect the setting of the terms of reference directly to the then attorney general, Sir Michael Havers.

Both me and my ex Guardian colleague  David Pallister were able to do precisely that over the weekend. A top level  source whose name we agreed to protect said : “Havers briefed him, and it was Havers who gave the terms of reference to him.”

From entirely separate sources I have been aware that Theresa May  has known that this could surface over the weekend and that it could cause immense problems for Baroness Butler-Sloss if she started to probe into the Kincora inquiry and the current inquiry going on in Northern ireland about historic child sexual abuse. But no action was taken.

To put in context Baroness Butler-Sloss is not to blame for this. She is literally in this case not her brother’s keeper. Nor is Theresa May who I have on good authority i\s committed to tackling this problem and was always more sympathetic to an overarching inquiry than David Cameron.

From yet another source the indecent rush to appoint someone to head the inquiry lies at the door of Downing street which shocked by the  slur of child abuse stories making headlines on Sunday made a rushed decision to set up an inquiry after ignoring the views of 145 MPs.

The real lesson from  this latest incompetent and botched up initiative is that  people need to reflect on who they want and take into account the views of victims and  child experts before rushing to fix a problem. The lesson is stay calm and sort it out properly. Otherwise it is just another episode for Yes, Prime Minister.



11 thoughts on “Child sexual abuse inquiry:Butler- Sloss quits after Exaro reveals Havers Kincora inquiry connection

  1. It was the right thing to do. Now find people who are honest, decent and haven’t been having little boys sitting on their knees!


  2. So her brother drew up the terms of reference for Kincora. Did he draw up the terms of reference for the Cleveland enquiry? Hope he did not have any involvement into the Richmond upon Thames matter of the Tonge era … what you don’t know about that one? Better ask the Baroness…or me.


  3. IF the cover-up, the breadth of participation and the levels of venality are really as deep and broad as rumours suggest, then there is a real prospect of most of Britain as we know it being swept away.

    1. If Kincora is true and there is no analagous outrages on the Catholic side, then the Unionist position in Northern Ireland will come under very considerable strain.
    2. If the Conservative Party of Margaret Thatcher really did the things which are claimed, then a lot of far right bloggers are going to want to kill themselves for having spent 20 years eulogising that bunch.
    3. If the Labour Party is equally complicit, their claim to represent the under-privileged will have been dealt a terminal blow.
    4. If even 10% of the rumours about MI5, Mi6 and their paymasters in the US and Israel are true then those services need to be wiped out and started again: they represent only themselves and the sick and sordid people they cover up.
    5. If the judiciary has been corrupted over such basic things as child safety, then most of the institutions must be ripped up and started afresh.
    6. If the House of Lords is involved in the cover-up, then its justification for existing no longer pertains.
    7. If the police are involved, then the public should show them no mercy. Terrrorists killing police officers are treated worse than any other terrorist. Well: police officers raping children and covering up for those who do should be treated exactly the same way……….

    The Establishment wish to save their own skin by dictating the terms of revelation, drip feeding over 50 years.

    They should have no role in that whatever. They must be swept aside, got rid of and stripped of their dignity, their privacy and their retirement incomes.

    The interests of MI5, the police, the politicians, the judiciary and the armed forces carry no weight.

    This country needs to throw them all out and the best way to do so is an election result in 2015 which sees a no-cover-up, no leniency manifesto win the day.


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