Batten in Brussels & Strasbourg July 2014

Parliament ‘elects’ Cameron’s new boss

On Tuesday 16th July the European Parliament had the farcical experience of voting for the next President of the European Commission. I say farcical because there was only one candidate – Jean-Claude Juncker. This was the European Union’s idea of democracy. Mr Juncker was put before the MEPs as the only candidate and we duly filled in our ballot papers. True, if more than 50% of MEPs voted against him his candidature would have been vetoed but that was never going to happen, read more… 

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Release the Dunblane Report now. No cover-up for 100 years.

Yesterday I wrote about how there should be criminal investigation into the Westminster/Establishment paedophile accusations, and not another Government sponsored enquiry/whitewash/cover-up/.

In 1996 Thomas Hamilton murdered 16 school children and a teacher in the Dunblane massacre, then shot himeslf. A senior Scottish lawyer, Lord Cullen, conducted an enquiry and wrote a report. The rumour is that Hamilton was involved in a paedophile ring which included senior members of the Establishment.

When Lord Cullen had completed his report an unbelievable decision was made: that his report should remain secret for for 100 years!

The reason given at the time was that it was to save the victims further trauma during their lifetimes.  Were the victims actually asked I wonder?  If a terrible crime has been committed against you then the natural inclination is to want the criminal/s exposed.

 The  Coalition Government should demonstrate its good intentions in the current scandal by immediately releasing the Dunblane Report. Both Houses of Parliament should call for this to happen.


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Paedophile enquiry is a red herring.

The proposed enquiry into the Westminster and Establishment paedophile activity, and the furore about Lady Butler-Sloss, is a giant red herring which is diverting attention from the real issue.

What is required is not another Government sponsored enquiry, which, like the Chilcot enquiry into the Iraq war, may never see the light of day, or be heavily censored when it does.

There should be a full police criminal investigation, starting with those who claim to be victims.  If there is sufficient evidence against the alleged perpetrators it should proceed to criminal trials. This should be done with all possibly haste.

There should also be a police investigation into the claims of victims where the alleged perpetrator is no longer alive – or deemed unfit to stand trial. This would encompass the Cyril Smith case.

The Government should also order the Security Agencies to fully co-operate with the police and release any pertinent information they may have.

Likewise, the Government should ensure (and pass legislation if required) that anyone who is questioned by the police, and who has signed the Official Secrets Act, should not to be bound by the Act in these cases.

Only by these means will we get to the truth about what happened, and enable justice to be done.

The BBC Panorama programme of a few months ago contained testimony from police officers that the Security Services warned them off investigating Cyril Smith, and that the Crown Prosecutor refused to take the case further.

The only reasonable explanation for the establishment protection of Cyril Smith is that a criminal case into his activities would have led to more important people being implicated.

The victims in these cases have a right to justice, and the British people have a right to know what happened

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