A sickening attack on a boy of six in 1983 still didn’t make Leon Brittan clamp down on the Paedophile Information Exchange, an organisation that wanted the age of consent reduced to 4 years old, and ran a ‘contact page’ so paedophiles could network across the UK and Europe.
The boy was abducted by three men and sexually assaulted, then dumped in the street. The police questioned PIE members in connection with the attack, but the crime remains unsolved to this day.
The Daily Express, which sold 2 million copies a day in 1983, backed Geoffrey Dickens in his campaign against PIE, and ran a series of front pages about the Brighton attack. Over 1 million people signed a petition demanding legislation to make paedophile groups such as PIE illegal, but Leon Brittan refused to do anything. Thatcher’s government were happy to wage war on whole communities, yet seemed unable to deal with a few hundred paedophiles. Why?