October 23rd, 2012

Serious

"Serious questions," says David Cameron, Yes, certainly, - but not only for the BBC.

Jimmy Savile pervaded the British state and its institutions. The smell of him is everywhere. Did the princes, politicians and other high-ups who relished his company (Charles employed him as a kind of marriage guidance counsellor, Thatcher had him round to Christmas dinner, Ken Clarke gave him the keys to Broadmoor) simply like the cut of his jib or did they have tastes in common? Were they fooled by him, or were they complicit?