Monthly Archives: December 2013

Comment from the source of Tom Watson’s PMQ about the recently released state files on Kincora.
Belfast Telegraph 27/12/2013

BBC News 27/12/2013

Surely now questions will be asked as a matter of urgency both inside The House and by all MSM outlets

Abuse has taken place in dozens and dozens of children ‘s homes in the last 50 years 
Why would the Attorney General, The Lord Chancellor and the Minister of State hold a meeting to discuss abuse in a children’s home unless the obvious had taken place
What use is it releasing papers 30 years on if we only get half the story
It cannot be argued in the current environment that  “it is in the public interest” to keep the truth buried this time round
The public have the right to know now
The Government  note in the file re guilty men in high places and the Police being prevented from pursuing their enquiries must be challenged NOW
Interesting that the Home Secretary in 1982 was excluded from that meeting of heavyweights    –  surely relevant role for Home Secretary at that forum

Margaret Hodge was leader of Islington Council from 1982 to 1992, when it was reported in the Evening Standard that every one of its children’s homes had been infiltrated by paedophiles. She immediately left Islington Council for a highly paid City job, but not before she had dismissed the reports as “sensationalist gutter journalism”.

She recently tried to explain her total failure to protect children in care from paedophile rings, prostitution, and trafficking by saying “All that happened when we didn’t really understand child abuse in the way that we understand it now. This was the early 90s … It was only beginning to emerge that paedophiles were working with children, in children’s homes and elsewhere”. (Guardian 27/04/13)

Margaret Hodge blasts HMRC over tax hotlineThis is untrue. There were several major children’s homes paedophile scandals in the local and national news long before 1990 including Tyneside (1976), Kincora (1980), Leeways (1985), not to mention numerous cases involving paedophiles working as priests, teachers, scoutmasters, and other professions that have access to children.

And there were serious warning signs right on Margaret Hodge’s doorstep during her time as council leader, including a well publicised case of a 13 year old boy who was abducted from an Islington Council children’s home by a residential social worker.

Islington Gazette, 22nd September 1983

IG220983Islington Gazette, 7th October 1983

IG071083Islington Gazette, 11th November 1983

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IG021283Islington Gazette, 16th December 1983