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    Kilbarry1 Kilbarry1 is offline

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    UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse gets FOURTH Chairwoman in 2 Years

    The following is a summary I got from a number of newspaper articles. This seems to be a fiasco that will continue for MANY years into the future!

    7 July 2014: The Home Secretary, Theresa May announces an inquiry into allegations of an institutional cover-up of child sexual abuse, chaired by Lady Butler-Sloss.

    9 July 2014: Campaigners call for Butler-Sloss to stand down because her brother was Attorney General in the 1980s, when abuse allegedly occurred. She refuses.

    14 July 2014: Butler-Sloss yields to mounting pressure and stands down.

    5 September 2014: May unveils Fiona Woolf, lord mayor of London, as the new chair of the inquiry.

    21 October 2014: Woolf discloses she lived on the same street as Lord Brittan, who is at centre of cover-up claims, and had invited the Brittans to dinner.

    22 October 2014: A “victim of abuse” tries to challenge choice of Woolf via courts.

    31 October 2014: Victims’ groups tell officials they are “unanimous” Woolf should quit. She resigns. According to the Guardian, Woolf warned that it could now be difficult to find a suitable replacement willing to take on the role in the face of intense media scrutiny. “It is really going to be hard to find someone with no connections. A hermit?” she said.

    4 February 2015: May sets up a new statutory inquiry and appoints Dame Lowell Goddard a New Zealand judge as its chairwoman. [So presumably no Establishment connections in the UK?]

    27 November 2015: The inquiry announces its first 12 investigations and Goddard said she aims to complete the inquiry in five years.

    4 August 2016: Goddard resigns, citing her career and family life, soon after being criticised for taking three months of holiday since being appointed. Goddard’s short resignation letter led many to speculate that she had in fact been sacked for incompetence. Doubts about her had been raised following a preliminary hearing, during which she appeared to misunderstand the nature of her own powers under the Inquiries Act

    11 August 2016: Professor Alexis Jay is appointed as the FOURTH chair of the Inquiry.

    I seem to recall there were other resignations also e.g. 2 or 3 members of the panel appointed to help the Chair of the inquiry, declined to put their names forward again when Goddard was appointed in February 2015 - because of bitter infighting between Victims' groups!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilbarry1 View Post
    The following is a summary I got from a number of newspaper articles. This seems to be a fiasco that will continue for MANY years into the future!

    7 July 2014: The Home Secretary, Theresa May announces an inquiry into allegations of an institutional cover-up of child sexual abuse, chaired by Lady Butler-Sloss.

    9 July 2014: Campaigners call for Butler-Sloss to stand down because her brother was Attorney General in the 1980s, when abuse allegedly occurred. She refuses.

    14 July 2014: Butler-Sloss yields to mounting pressure and stands down.

    5 September 2014: May unveils Fiona Woolf, lord mayor of London, as the new chair of the inquiry.

    21 October 2014: Woolf discloses she lived on the same street as Lord Brittan, who is at centre of cover-up claims, and had invited the Brittans to dinner.

    22 October 2014: A “victim of abuse” tries to challenge choice of Woolf via courts.

    31 October 2014: Victims’ groups tell officials they are “unanimous” Woolf should quit. She resigns. According to the Guardian, Woolf warned that it could now be difficult to find a suitable replacement willing to take on the role in the face of intense media scrutiny. “It is really going to be hard to find someone with no connections. A hermit?” she said.

    4 February 2015: May sets up a new statutory inquiry and appoints Dame Lowell Goddard a New Zealand judge as its chairwoman. [So presumably no Establishment connections in the UK?]

    27 November 2015: The inquiry announces its first 12 investigations and Goddard said she aims to complete the inquiry in five years.

    4 August 2016: Goddard resigns, citing her career and family life, soon after being criticised for taking three months of holiday since being appointed. Goddard’s short resignation letter led many to speculate that she had in fact been sacked for incompetence. Doubts about her had been raised following a preliminary hearing, during which she appeared to misunderstand the nature of her own powers under the Inquiries Act

    11 August 2016: Professor Alexis Jay is appointed as the FOURTH chair of the Inquiry.

    I seem to recall there were other resignations also e.g. 2 or 3 members of the panel appointed to help the Chair of the inquiry, declined to put their names forward again when Goddard was appointed in February 2015 - because of bitter infighting between Victims' groups!
    Why are they all women?
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    I know this is a serious issue, but I can't help but be amused by the thought that if this had happened here you'd get the usual "Only in Ireland!" from everybody.
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    Having a title doesn't make you equipped for such a time consuming task. Typical of the Tories to come late to that realisation.
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    The British establishment doesn't want this inquiry and will do all possible to stall it to give them time to burn all the records.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    Why are they all women?
    Probably because women are more "caring and compassionate" and the chief aim of this Inquiry is therapeutic rather than a truth-seeking exercise e.g. cross-examination of witnesses will be either forbidden or severely curtailed in order to spare them trauma.

    Incidentally the FOURTH chairwoman was hastily picked from the panel of advisers who are supposed to assist the Chair, so I suppose they are mainly women as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire1976 View Post
    The British establishment doesn't want this inquiry and will do all possible to stall it to give them time to burn all the records.
    Funnily enough the original Inquiry was ONLY supposed to go back to 1970 (a mere 46 years) but following protests from alleged victims, the cut off date was abolished and it can now take testimony dating back to 1945. (The third Chairwoman Dame Goddard confirmed this). I have seen comments suggesting that this is a trick to make sure that anybody accused is dead by the time the Inquiry gets around to them. However this is too cynical. It was NOT the critics of the Inquiry who insisted on this change!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    Having a title doesn't make you equipped for such a time consuming task. Typical of the Tories to come late to that realisation.
    OTOH the then Home Secretary Theresa May MIGHT - like Baldrick - have hit on a "cunning plan" to sabotage the Inquiry by appointing an incompetent person as Chair. Whatever, I bet she's glad that as Prime Minister now, she no longer has direct responsibility for this runaway train!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    Why are they all women?
    Because you couldn't trust a man not to try and shag the victims, of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    Why are they all women?
    They cost less.
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