This is all of the redacted correspondence I could find released by the National Archive concerning Jimmy Savile. Does anyone know if the 40 years starts from this year or from 1982 ?
Looking at the correspondence I find it very hard to understand why these passages could have been redacted. What may have been slightly embarrassing revelations will now be the subject of intense speculation.
If I were to guess I’d say that Jimmy Savile lobbied hard for a Government donation to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, a change to the law on charitable covenants and perhaps for a knighthood (though he wouldn’t get one for another 8 years.) and perhaps Margaret Thatcher may have given some slightly improper personal undertaking that she would make it happen but considering what we know about Jimmy Savile now and the questions raised about Margaret Thatcher’s association with high profile paedophiles both inside and outside of Government, the inevitable speculation as to what actually has been censored and redacted could be far more damaging to Margaret Thatcher’s reputation than simply publishing all the documents in full.