In the Media

An inevitable departure

PUBLISHED November 3, 2014

The central allegation that prompted the planned inquiry into historic sex abuse in Rochdale and elsewhere was that the Establishment had conspired, at a local and national level, to cover up or distort the evidence. Which is why it is so peculiarly unfortunate that, when it was suggested that the proposed head of the inquiry was inappropriately close to one of those accused of involvement in the scandal, the Home Office proceeded to distort the evidence. A letter from Fiona Woolf, defining and defending her social acquaintanceship with Lord Brittan, was revised and re-revised by Government lawyers, to provide an impression of greater distance between them.

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