‘Independent’ child abuse inquiries: A question of trust?


A Guest Blog by Chris Hobbs

The issue in relation to possible, systematic child abuse by establishment figures, has, over the last forty years, been like a bad penny which has appeared time and time again only to be buried on each occasion by a surfeit of loose change before making another unwelcome appearance.

When I was a young Met officer in the 80’s, every policeman and woman in London knew of rumours surrounding Cyril Smith and we all waited for something to happen but it never did. As is becoming apparent, Cyril Smith may well be the very large tip of a very large iceberg. The question is whether enquiries announced by the Government will succeed in their objectives or indeed whether establishment figures in the Government actually want every skeleton to be laid bare given the fact that obtaining the decision to hold any form of meaningful enquiry…

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8 responses to “‘Independent’ child abuse inquiries: A question of trust?

  1. CHRIS Hobbs ,you should be ashamed .the job you held had responsibility to serve the community and you took AN oth on that,pointless 40 yrs later trying to get rid of the guilt you feel.the kids in Carnation Street are probably dead what good are you now with the info,I think you may have more to hide hence why speaking out load ,before it all comes out..PLEASE DO NOT INTRUDE ON VICTIMS ANY LONGER ,YOU AND OTHERS WHO WERE IN A JOB OF AUTHORITY SHOULD OF ACTED ,NO MATTER WHAT .US VICTIMS HAD FAMILYS BUT WERE REMOVED FROM THE HOMES OF PAFRENTS INTO PERVERTED POLITICIANS AND POLICE AND SUPERINTENDENTS AND JUDGES ,YES IT CAME OUT 1980 WITH THATCHER ,AND HAGUE AND LERMONT GOT documents DESTROYED ,HOW COME NOBODY PULLED IN HAUGE HEY HEY ???????CHRIS HOBBS ITS 40 YRS TO DAM LATE SICK SICK,AND YOU LIVED WITH IT MORE TO HIDE ID SAY

  2. The Last Of The Truffle-Snorting Heroes

    So, nobody in the Met during the 80’s had a big enough pair of bollocks to act on what we are being told was common knowledge, serious allegations. A shameful admission. I hope the grandkids are proud. They will slave well into their 70’s to pay off the debt incurred by this bloke and his mates early retirement. A glimmer of honesty is interesting but not very redeeming in light of what has gone on. The entire corrupt force looked the other way. The Met will not come out of this covered in the glory they foolishly believe they deserve.

  3. dpack

    i read it and mostly agreed with the content but felt i needed to post a comment regarding avoiding filters when whistleblowing.

  4. Both and honest and infuriating read. I have spoken about “creative misfiling” before interesting to see someone actually involved at the sharp end, admit it is a frequently used tactic to cause confusion.

    Let me give you an example. A murder is committed and the body is found in some obscure woodland. During the enquiries into said murder several “prominent people’s names” are linked to the crime. These people are interviewed, the crime remains unsolved and yet, there is a definite suspicion that at least one of those prominent people interviewed knew more than they let on. At the same time, there is no wish to “upset” these prominent people without serious proof and no-one wants journos poking around asking awkward questions. As the murder occurred on Forestry Commission land then that’s where the files are “hidden” This means should anyone slap a FOI request in then, the Home Office can “honestly” say, “We have no files pertaining to said incident, secret or otherwise”

  5. The Last Of The Truffle-Snorting Heroes

    This is an insightful article. Whilst I understand people in any profession will fear recrimination if they stand out as a whistleblower, the opening paragraph sums it up for me…

    ‘When I was a young Met officer in the 80’s, every policeman and woman in London knew of rumours surrounding Cyril Smith and we all waited for something to happen but it never did.’

    Nothing happened because the entire Met chose to sit on their arses & protect their careers rather than act on known information which could have protected the most vulnerable in society. The author is in no way more worthy of criticism than any other officer but the combined approach has allowed many of the guilty to die unchallenged.

    I’d pity a poor, lonely constable shunned by his superiors but hardly any more than abused and possibly murdered kids.

    This confirms for me what a bunch of cowards the Met are.

    • Anon

      This paragraph sums it up for me, along with many other professions that have turned a blind eye knowing the consequence of speaking out.

      ‘My own analogy would be to liken the plight of the concerned officer to that of a lone, non-swimming’ passenger on the deserted deck of a fast moving ocean liner who suddenly sees another passenger falling overboard.

      It would be an utterly pointless exercise for that individual to respond by diving over the side himself in what would be a fruitless attempt to effect a rescue.’

      • The Last Of The Truffle-Snorting Heroes

        Lobbing in a lifebelt & sounding the alarm would be worth a shot though.

        There are other ways of getting news of the guilty out. I’m sure the Met officers who trousered a few quid off Murdoch for some useable gossip didn’t have their career progression in mind when they did the deed.