There was a new and most disturbing note in last night’s BBC Panorama programme on the ever unfolding story of Jimmy Savile’s paedophilia.
One of the two original investigative journalists working on the original and pulled Newsnight programme, the much awarded Meirion Jones, was talking about Duncroft School, the site of a running swathe of Savile’s predatory abuses of young girls.
Jones mentioned that this school – an ‘approved school’ for disturbed girls – had an aunt of his as its head and that he visited it to see his aunt from time to time in his own youth.
He described Duncroft then as ‘a very strange place, full of celebrities and minor members of the Royal family’.
Everyone now know just why Jimmy Savile visited Duncroft, the astonishing freedoms he was given there and the extent to which young girls were actively encouraged to sit on his lap and go out with him in his car, with no questions asked.
But what on earth were ‘celebrities’ [a noted plural] and ‘minor members of the Royal family’ doing in paying visits to an approved school for girls and to this particular approved school for girls?
Anyone remotely familiar with the awful story of Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast will see disturbing parallels in this glimpse of Duncroft.
Kincora Boys’ Home was effectively run as a dark treat for a select group of high ranking gay paedophiles in paramilitary, intelligence and government circles – including Whitehall and including the UK’s chief spy of the day, Maurice Oldfield; and used as an instrument of blackmail.
Where will this Savile story end and how much did it encompass?