Margaret Thatcher knighted British child abuser, knew about suspicions


This video from Britain is about serial child abuser Jimmy Savile and Margaret Thatcher.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 9 October 2017:

Margaret Thatcher gave MP knighthood despite knowing child sex abuse claims against him, inquiry hears

Cyril Smith used title as a ‘veneer of respectability and power’ to gain access to alleged victims

Ben Kentish

Margaret Thatcher decided to award a knighthood to a suspected child abuser MP despite being aware of the allegations against him, an inquiry has heard.

The honour for then Rochdale MP Cyril Smith allowed him to continue to exploit his victims because he used the title to maintain ties with children’s organisations, investigators said.

The revelation came as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard witness statements as part of its probe into how Smith was allegedly able to abuse young boys at Cambridge House hostel and Knowl View residential school in Rochdale.

Smith was knighted in 1988 having served as an MP since 1972. He died in 2010 at the age of 82. Despite persistent child abuse allegations against him during his career, he never faced trial.

The inquiry panel was told that the MP’s knighthood was awarded despite people “at the very highest level of politics” being aware of multiple allegations he had sexually abused at least eight boys.

Brian Altman QC, lead counsel for the inquiry, said the title had given the MP a “veneer of respectability and power” that helped him gain access to his alleged victims.

He said: “I mention this knighthood here for two reasons. First, because it demonstrates that the Lancashire investigation and the [Rochdale Alternative Press] article had been considered at the very highest level of politics and seemingly did not prompt more than consideration of the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision not to prosecute.

“Second, because it is important to bear in mind the extent to which Cyril Smith continued to involve himself in serious issues related to the welfare of children.

“A knighthood would only have reinforced Smith’s veneer of respectability and power”.

The inquiry, which is being led by Professor Alexis Jay, was also told that MI5 was aware of claims that prosecutors had lied when explaining their decision not to prosecute Smith. The allegations against the MP were investigated by Lancashire Police and three separate files passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. However, the case was dropped in 1970 when Sir Normal Skelhorn, the Director of Public Prosecutions at the time, decided it was unlikely to lead to a conviction.

Sir Norman is said to have made the decision despite being told by a senior detective that the “sordid” allegations against Smith “stood up”.

Mr Altman said documents given to the inquiry by MI5 showed that Sir Norman had misled media outlets over the decision not to prosecute the Liberal MP. His office reportedly told the the Rochdale Alternative Press newspaper that it had never received police reports of the alleged abuse.

Mr Altman said: “The documents show that the Security Service’s legal adviser was informed of the false representations to the press from the DPP’s office.

“Based upon their review of the information they hold, the Security Service considers they took active steps to ensure that those involved in investigating allegations of child sexual abuse against Smith were made aware of all information of relevance to their inquiries.

“However, given their function was to defend the realm, at that time, and investigation was outside their remit, they simply filed the information related to the false representations that had been made to the press.”

The initial 1970 Lancashire Police inquiry into Smith concluded he had used a “veneer of respectability” in order to abuse young boys in the 1960s.

The report said: “It seems impossible to excuse his conduct over a considerable period of time whilst sheltering behind a veneer of respectability.

“He has used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility.”

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Margaret Thatcher praised jihadists in Afghanistan


This video from the USA says about itself:

WATCH: British PM Heaps Praise On Jihadists In Afghanistan (1981)

10 September 2016

Newly published papers show that one of the country [Britain]’s top civil servants held a private summit with senior American, French and German politicians at which they decided to provide “discreet support for Afghan guerrilla resistance”.

More about this in the British (Conservative) Daily Telegraph.

So, Margaret Thatcher not only helped to sell British weapons to Saudi Arabia which are now used for killing Yemeni civilians. Ms Thatcher also helped finance violence by the self-styled mujaheddin in Afghanistan; including Osama bin Laden and what eventually became al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

When the Tory Students and British State Backed the Islamist Mujahidin – Secret Affairs. Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam. Mark Curtis: here.

Shocking Truth: USA & Islamic Terrorism – Partners For Proxy Wars: here.

Towns called malice – the legacy of Thatcher: here.

Margaret Thatcher’s anti-gay bigotry on AIDS revealed


This video from Britain says about itself:

Margaret Thatcher‘s Anti-Gay Speech (1:00 min)

“Children are being taught they have an inalienable right to be gay. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life.” — Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, October 9, 1987. Conservative Party Conference. Blackpool, United Kingdom.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Bigot Thatcher‘s fight against aids education

Wednesday 30th December 2015

PM worried teens might learn about ‘risky sex’

MARGARET Thatcher fought tooth and nail to stop a national public education campaign on Aids because she didn’t like talking about “risky sex,” government files released today reveal.

Declassified papers from the National Archives showed the bitter battle between Thatcher and her health secretary Norman Fowler over proposals for a major HIV awareness campaign.

LGBT activists and HIV survivors reacted in disgust as they heard that the former PM had been opposed to placing information on the epidemic in visible locations.

In a handwritten note to Mr Fowler, she said: “Do we have to do the section on risky sex? I should have thought it could do immense harm if young teenagers were to read it.”

Thatcher also claimed that the campaign could breach the Obscene Publications Act and pushed for a more conservative and limited distribution of information.

She wrote: “It would be better in my view to follow the [sexually transmitted disease] precedent of putting notices in surgeries, public lavatories, etc.”

Long-standing LGBT rights campaigner and HIV survivor Joseph Healy told the Star of his shock at finding out about Thatcher’s decision.

“There was widespread fear in the gay community. We all knew people who had it, but nothing appeared until the famous ‘tombstone’ TV ads in the late ’80s.

“I saw so many young men die in great pain, many of them ostracised by their families and others because so little was known about the illness.

“This is yet another one of Thatcher’s crimes against the LGBT community, along with section 28.

“So many young lives could have been saved and so much suffering avoided if she and her government had supported a health education campaign.”

Section 28, introduced by the Thatcher government in 1988, prohibited local authorities from portraying homosexuality in a positive light.

The ban was only lifted by Labour in 2003, with current Prime Minister David Cameron voting for partial retention.

The first Aids case in Britain was recorded in 1981 and by 1986 public awareness of the virus was growing rapidly.

London members of direct action group Act Up, which campaigned from the late 1980s onwards on behalf of people living with Aids, accused Thatcher of “wilful neglect.”

Act Up’s Ashley Joiner said: “Margaret Thatcher’s calculated wilful neglect, government inaction and homophobia has directly resulted in the social stigma attached to HIV today.

“The lack of change in discourse since Thatcher’s government, paired with the recent cuts to financial aid, demonstrate how the Conservative government is determined to allow history to repeat itself.”

Thatcher was forced to allow the campaign to go ahead when told the Cabinet was against her objections.

She also attempted to thwart a subsequent campaign involving sending information to every British home.

But she was forced to give way again after her press secretary Bernard Ingham told her: “There is certainly a feeling abroad that the government is doing too little and is not treating the issue with sufficient urgency.”

‘PATIENT ZERO’ NOT TO BLAME FOR U.S. HIV OUTBREAK “Genes taken from archived blood samples show the U.S. AIDS epidemic started in New York in the early 1970s, definitively debunking the long-held belief that the virus was spread in the early 1980s by a flight attendant who became vilified as ‘Patient Zero’ for seeding the U.S. outbreak.” [Reuters]

British MI5, Margaret Thatcher, child abuse cover-up document


This 22 January 2015 video from Britain says about itself:

Leon Brittan: will new answers emerge on abuse claims? | Channel 4 News

Leon Brittan’s final years were dogged by controversy over those historic sexual abuse allegations – so will his death bring any new information into the public domain?

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Ministers told to reveal all on abuse cover-up

Friday 24th July 2015

Shock files reveal MI5 and Thatcher collusion on top Tory paedophile

THE government was urged to hand over all relevant papers to the child abuse inquiry yesterday after a damning leaked document revealed MI5 and Margaret Thatcher’s administration colluded in a cover-up.

The files show that former MI5 director-general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over allegations made by two sources regarding an MP “who had a penchant for little boys.”

But Mr Duff warned that “the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger,” discounting the child abuse risk.

Napac chief executive Gabrielle Shaw, whose organisation supports survivors of child abuse, told the Star that the fact the documents had only just come to light was “shocking.”

She said: “It is ineptitude at best, and far more suspicious at worst.

“It does not do any favours for survivors when there are whispers of a cover-up and this just adds more fuel to the fire.

“It is good that it has come out now, but you can understand why some people might well be asking: ‘What else has not been handed over?’”

She added that the documents gave “a very disturbing insight into the culture of the times.”

Peter Wanless, head of child protection charity NSPCC, and Richard Whittam QC, who together carried out an inquiry into the handling of historical Westminster abuse allegations, said the documents had reinforced their view that allegations of crimes against children, particularly the rights of the complainant, were given considerably less serious consideration than would be expected today.

The Home Office confirmed that a fresh search of the archives had been carried out after a file emerged earlier this year that should have been submitted to the Wanless and Whittam inquiry.

Former Cabinet minister Leon Brittan, one-time Thatcher aide Peter Morrison, ex-diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister William van Straubenzee were named in other top secret files uncovered following the review.

One of the files relating to Sir Hayman was held by the Cabinet Office but had been “overlooked” during a previous search.

Documents that refer to Mr Straubenzee had been earmarked for destruction, but National Archives officials flagged them up to the government.

Leon Brittan rape investigation ‘fully justified’, say police. Inquiry decides Met was right to examine ‘far from fanciful’ allegations against late peer, but admits mistakes were made: here.