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Was I abused by Jimmy Savile?

25 April 2014

Adverts go out inviting people who think they were sexually abused by the late Sir James Savile to claim compensation. On the BBC, Alison Millar, a lawyer at the firm Leigh Day, explained that, to be paid: ‘You will need some evidence to show that you were in a situation where Savile will have had the opportunity to abuse you.’ If that is all you need, I reckon I am in with a chance. I met Savile only once, at the director-general’s BBC election night party in 1987, when I was the vulnerable 30-year-old editor of this magazine. Obviously, others were in the room, but we have heard from many accounts that Jimmy was resourceful in getting his way. I don’t think I shall bother to try to get the money, which is capped at £60,000 a head, but I mention it because, if evidence of proximity is all that is required, this is not justice. By the way, I also met the future Sir Cyril Smith when I was an 18-year-old delegate to the Liberal Assembly in Scarborough in 1975. If the Times and the Daily Mail are to be believed, the Liberal high-ups culpably ignored Smith’s abuse. Perhaps I shall sue them.

GoveThis is an extract from Charles Moore’s Spectator’s Notes in this week’s magazine. Click here to read for free with a trial of The Spectator app for iPad and iPhone. You can also subscribe with a free trial on the Kindle Fire.

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  • starfish

    Am I alone in wondering just how deep a connection there is between the BBC packed full of leftie luvvies, the labour party packed full of former or soon to be BBC employees and people with ‘progressive’ views on paedophilia, social services packed full of lefty do gooders and a police force riddled with masons and political correctness?

    • Shorne

      More ‘lefty luvvies’
      The chairman of the BBC Trust is Chris Patten, a former Conservative cabinet minister. The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, was once chairman of the Young Conservatives. His former senior political producer, Thea Rogers, became George Osborne’s special advisor in 2012. Andrew Neil, the presenter of the BBC’s flagship political programmes Daily Politics and This Week, is chairman of the conservative Spectator magazine. His editor is Robbie Gibb, former chief of staff to the Tory Francis Maude. After the BBC’s economics editor Stephanie Flanders left for a £400,000-a-year job at that notorious leftwing hotbed, JP Morgan, she was replaced by its business editor Robert Peston. His position was taken by Kamal Ahmed from the rightwing Sunday Telegraph,

  • Owen_Morgan

    The trouble is that the law, in cases of still living accused, does allow a simple accumulation of generally similar allegations about one individual to be treated as if those allegations amount to supporting evidence, even when they do nothing of the kind (e.g. two abuse accusations against one man, but only completely different dates). Merseyside went on a notorious fishing expedition into this kind of case back in the nineties. Men were sent to prison on the basis that similar accusations were made against them, even though no two accusations ever supported each other, after the police went fishing in prisons and remand centres, with the lure of financial “compensation”. The convictions were overturned only when men came forward who had NOT been in the criminal system, so had been overlooked by the police trawl, and who could demonstrate how hideously flawed (obviously so, to any honestly handled investigation) the original prosecutions had been.

  • No Good Boyo

    Look at me, everybody! I’m a VICTIM!! Isn’t that great???????

    • Andy

      You forgot to say ‘And I claim my £50000’ !

  • the viceroy’s gin

    Hmmmmm, someone should check with Boris Johnson’s mother, and see if Jimmy crossed her path 50 years ago, and fixed it. Just sayin’…

  • saffrin

    Found guilty without trial.
    Seeing as none of the media celeb’s accused of rape and sexual abuse that have gone to trial have been found guilty of ‘any offence’, I see this move of yet another travesty of so called British justice.
    Not that I am a fan of Jimmy Savile you understand.

    • Andy

      As I said above I met him a few times and he was a real oddball, but that doesn’t make him guilty of anything. I’m afraid I’m very sceptical about many of the claims being made – the smell of money seems to explain much of it.

      And I totally agree with you re celeb’s accused of rape and/or sexual abuse. If they had not been celeb’s I doubt any of these cases would have been taken to trial – they seem to have no case. Just because I jump up and down and accuse you of raping me 30 years ago does not make it true, but that seems to be the extent of the CPS’s case. It is a bloody disgrace.

      As I recall in the Roache trial one accuser was forced to admit in the witness box that she could not be certain the abuse ever took place – in other words the accusation was entirely false and without foundation. But I note she has not been prosecuted for at the very least ‘wasting police time’. Nor has her anonymity been lifted, and to me this is part of the problem. You can accuse someone of anything if it is behind the cloak of anonymity. That is wrong. Roache should sue the CPS for malicious prosecution. And he should be able to sue the woman involved for libel and slander.

  • Dodgy Geezer

    …I think there will be photographic evidence of my meeting him, so I reckon that means I have a watertight claim. ..

    I am old enough to have met Winston Churchill. Can I join in?

    • Andy

      No. Did you meet Jimmy Savile ? Or how about big Cyril Smith ? Surely you could claim against one of them !

      • Dodgy Geezer

        I thought the only requirement was that the accused had to be rich, famous and dead?

        Never mind. I’ll just hang onto the photo of me meeting Prince Phillip….

        • Andy

          Well dead does make things easier. After all you cannot Libel the dead and nor can they defend themselves.

  • realfish

    Not so fast Charles (and Andy). I think that you’ll need a doctor’s note as well.

  • Andy

    Well Charles I met him three times, maybe four, so I reckon we should both claim and see how far we get. After all, who can disprove that we did meet Savile ? I think there will be photographic evidence of my meeting him, so I reckon that means I have a watertight claim. How about you ??!!

    Problem with all of this is that no one can disprove an allegation because Savile is dead. I also think the case of Bill Roache should give pause for thought: one of his accusers was forced to admit in the witness box that she could not be certain the abuse ever took place.

    • Bo Williams

      If Bill Roache had died 5 years ago the media would already have him in the same bracket as Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith. Yet, as you say, when he had his day in court he was found not guilty. None of this gives the media and authorities pause for thought? Salem has nothing on 21st Century Britain.

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