The exchange between child abuse campaigner Teresa Cooper and Minister of the Crown Eric Pickles is a sad indictment of the indifference with which many politicians deal with victims of child sexual abuse.
That someone who sits in the heart of government could disparage a survivor of child abuse with the playground taunt of “adjust your medication” is astonishing.
In my view, Eric Pickles should issue an immediate unreserved and public apology to Teresa Cooper.
If he does not do this then I suspect he will soon be an ‘ex minister’.
Below is the transcript of the conversation and below that the audio recording of the conversation.
Teresa Cooper: you need my signature for…
Eric Pickles: you’ve consistently… you change your na [unfinished word]… you’ve changed your views… You give me different stories.
TC: Different stories?
EP: and before I act I need your signature
TC: different stories.. its been proved publicly
EP: [aside]sorry about this
VOICE: no .. its okay
TC: we’ve got all this stuff its been proved publicly and its you – you tell different stores – nothing has changed on the Kendall House abuse? – only you have ignored it. You have ignored. You have ignored it.
EP: just, just, adjust your medication
TC: no you…. I am not on medication right, but you need to be, you ignore child abuse and people should know about it.