Watson: ‘Examine Our Consciences In This House.’

“Mr Speaker, I understand that honourable and right honourable members feel aggrieved that Leon Brittan was interviewed by the police and that they are angry with my use of language. But I’m sure that they would also agree that when anyone is accused of multiple sexual crimes by numerous, completely unrelated sources, the police have a duty to investigate, no matter who it is.

My letter was prompted by concern that procedures were not followed. It is not for me to judge the validity of these claims, but I believe that I was right to demand that guidelines were adhered to.

I also believe that very many victims in this country have been too terrified to speak out for too long. And it is not all over just because a few famous people have gone to prison. And it has not all got out of hand just because people in high places are scared.

The survivors of child abuse have been belittled and ridiculed for too long. That’s the real scandal here.

Earlier the prime minister said that I should examine my conscience. Well I think we all need to examine our consciences in this House. We presided over a state of affairs where children have been abused, and then ignored, dismissed and then distained. If anyone deserves an apology, it’s them.”

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26 responses to “Watson: ‘Examine Our Consciences In This House.’

  1. ron

    I agree with what he says, he has been challenged because others would like the issues to dissapear from the establishment, how nice it would be to discredit the accusers
    My thoughts only

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  3. artmanjosephgrech

    well put Tom. Too often even campaigners miss what the focus must be the victims and because evidence as often is the case may not be available to substantiate a claim or claims does not mean what is said did not happen. Goddard was established primarily to deal with cases where there is not evidence to meet the criminal conviction test.

  4. dpack

    well said tom,there is a lot of data that needs examination and there are a lot of folk who appreciate what you have done so far.

    keep on watching ,keep on listening and tell it like it is where it is most effective.

    thanks

  5. PERHAPS I SHOULD SPEAK TO TOM WATSON ….AS MY MP DONT LISTEN ….TOM SOUTH WALES POLICE ARE CORRUPT AND TAMPERED WITH MY EVIDENCE AND STATEMENT LOST AND ABUSERS GOT OFF,IPCC SAID OK …NO JUSTICE NO TRUTH ,NOT WHILE MEDIA ARE JUST INTRESTED IN SELLING PAPERS NOT THE TRUTH.LISTEN TO SURVIVORS AS THEY WILL GIVE YOU FACTS NOT LIES LIKE CHRIS KAY.ITS PEOPLE LIKE HIM WHO PREVENT THE TRUTH COMEING OUT.

  6. Gary jarvis

    So, the establishment’s fightback is underway.
    It going to be rather interesting to see their next move…..

    • Anon

      I get the impression that since Leon Brittan is no longer protected by the Law of Libel that they are trying to imply that Watson is slandering the good name of the living relatives by association.

  7. Aardvark

    Tom is a star, this is about the abuse of our Children and the systematic cover up of powerful people over decades. How can the rest of them sit there, intent on covering this festering sewer up again. Tom has been maligned in just the same way as Geoffrey Dickens was, demonised for doing the right thing. The media, MPs like May and Johnson, they have all trotted out with their attacks on Tom, intent on keeping this cover up going, they should hold their heads in shame. Let’s hope our history will be rewritten and that politicians like Geoffrey Dickens, Barbra Castle, John Mann, Simon Danczuk, Tom Watson, Zac Goldsmith, and all those that have supported the inquiry and the opening of relevant closed files, will be regarded as real heroes. This is not a party political issue, the can of worms contains the colours of all parties, across the political spectrum.

  8. Maybe Tom Watson could look into the Islington child abuse case from the early Nineties ‘without fear or favour’.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1086200/Revealed-How-close-male-relative-Baby-P-linked-big-paedophile-network.html

  9. Simon

    well said Aardvark, I could not agree more. Hear! Hear!

  10. Andy Barnett

    The power of the establishment and established media to turn public opinion against good people like Tom Watson is something to behold. They should be congratulated for the professionalism of their well-planned and coordinated campaign. Never again will an MP have the balls to stand up in the House of Commons and demand that Police investigate serious allegations against MPs and other powerful figures as they would if they were normal members of the public. The right honourable members of our estemed establishment should be feeling proud today.

    I hear the slogan suggested for next year’s Tory conference is: Fuck the kids; its our Security that matters.

    • iantoosmart

      Again Andy, I think you overestimate the intelligence and reach of what seems to be a cabal of powerful child-sex addicts. As much as we need to keep the victims in mind, we should also understand this weakness of the perpetrators. Of course there is indeed some kind of ‘establishment’ of the great and good and of course, initially, there may be denial and protection of the type that Norman Tebbit outlined. Ultimately, however, if any of these child-sex addicts should attract too much attention or cause serious waves they will be out on their arse as quick as you can say Rolf Harris. I really don’t think it helps us to think they are as powerful as is being suggested. They know people who can pull a few levers, perhaps people who they can subject to blackmail etc. Some may be compromised by the security services. Indeed, it seems the agencies may have some kind of agenda in this. But at the end of the day, these are the most pathetic creatures who hardly deserve the tile of ‘human being’. The average dog or cat is smarter than they are.

  11. Very admirable sentiments…on the surface.
    “…when anyone is accused of multiple sexual crimes by numerous, completely unrelated sources, the police have a duty to investigate, no matter who it is”.
    But all of the accusers I’m aware of, are NOT unrelated sources. They are all connected through mutual involvement with Exaro and/or participation in online community of victim-campaigners.

    “I also believe that very many victims in this country have been too terrified to speak out for too long”
    No doubt, this is true. But none of Leon Brittan’s accusers are “too terrified to speak out” – Watson wouldn’t even know they existed, if they were. All of them had the courage to speak out previously online, or to/through Exaro & other news media, or to file complaints with the police. The existence of victimized persons who are too terrified to speak out is not relevant here. Watson ISN’T speaking out on behalf of persons too terrified to speak for themselves, here – Brittan’s accusers HAVE spoken for themselves.

    “The survivors of child abuse have been belittled and ridiculed for too long”
    Again, this may be the case, but it has no relevance to Watson’s intervention with the DPP on behalf of Jane. Jane is not a child, she was not a child when she knew Brittan, and I’m not aware that she has claimed to have been \an abused child.

    “We presided over a state of affairs where children have been abused, and then ignored, dismissed and then distained. If anyone deserves an apology, it’s them”.
    Very admirable. But none of Brittan’s accusers told anyone they were being abused by Leon Brittan, when they were children, and were ignored, dismissed or disdained as a result. Perhaps he ought to be offering his apologies to all the children this really does apply to – like all the grooming gang victims. Has he?

    • jules

      With all due respect, you are not privy to what evidence they have in their possession, and the sources of where these allegations came from…. and what happened to the evidence that was handed over to Brittan that conveniently went missing? Hopefully Tom Watson and others like him get to the bottom of it all.

  12. (JUSTIN SANITY)THEY INSULT SURVIVORS I WAS GROOMED PHYSICALLY ABUSED,INJECTED TO SHUT ME UP AND TO STOP RUNNING AGE 10.AND WHEN I WENT FORWARD 35 YEARS AGO AND INFORMED SOCIAL WORKER AS I WAS CHILD PUT 400 MILES OUT OF COUNTY. AND THEN OFFICER TAKES STATEMENT TO ABUSER ….2014 I FIND OUT AFTER FIGHTING ALONE FOR 30 ,0D YEARS 3 OTHER COMPLAINTS AGAINST SAME ABUSER,,,CPS SAID MY STATEMENT LOST CPS SAY NO FURTHER ACTION NOT IN THE PUBLIC PURSE INTREST…. ONE VICTIM SHOULDUNT NEED TO SUFFER,WHEN MENT TO BE IN A PLACE OF SAFETY… …..Apology .nobody will give any survivors anY apology,30 years later evidence to prove what happend… 2014 after 3 wasted pathetic investigations who made money out of my ill treatment along with others LOST IN CARE BOOK. ,and re investigated again 30 years later by NCA TO BE CALLED A LIER AGAIN BY COUNCIL INSURANCE SOLICITORS BECAUSE OFFENDERS NOT ON PENSION LIST….IN 1973 THIS OFFENDER WAS EMPLOYED BY COUNCIL,19 OFFENCES LACK OF DUTY OF CARE ,(WAIT )TO BE RE-EMPLOYED TO WORK IN CRAFT CENTRE WITH VUNRABLE ADULTS.
    PATHETIC ,I SENT EVIDENCE TO PROVE AFTER 30 YEARS OF FIGHTING,CRYING QUESTIONING MYSELF AND,MEETING COUNCILS.—-GUESS WHAT AFTER PANARAMA PROG,I HAVE EMAIL NXT DAY AFTER SENDING INFORMATION OF THIS OFFENDER IN HOME (WAIT) THEY ARE KNOW SAYING THE OFFENDER AND ANOTHER WERE THERE……..WHAT THE HELL ….STOP ALL THIS PATHETIC DIVERSION AND STOP LOOKING TO SELL ANY STORY MEDIA PAPERS.THE CHILD ABUSE STARTED IN NORTH WALES HOMES……HOW CAN ALL AUTHORITIES CHANGE IF THEY DONT PUT RITE WHAT WENT WRONG ,OR EVEN CHANGE….LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE JUMPED ON THE VUNRABLE CHILD ABUSE LIST ….PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU GO AND SAY LIES,ITS PEOPLES LIFES ALONG WITH THE TRUTH YOU ARE PREVENTING FROM BEING HEARD……. ITS BEEN SEEN WITH THE 6 INVESTIGATIONS OF THE BACK OF BRITTONS ALLEGATIONS.ALL FALSE ALLEGATION ALONG WITH DESTROYING PEOPLES HARD WORK …STOP THIS LIEING ,IF ONE WANTS PUBLICITY GET THE FACTS BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH TO BACK UP ,NOT SEND POLICE ON A PATHETIC TRAILS OF LIES THAT NEVER HAPPEND…I AM SICK OF MEDIA PICKING UP ON WHAT SELLS FOR THEM …..MEDIA DONT YOU THINK THE TRUE FACTS WOULD SELL FAR MORE,TRY IT ,YOU MAY BE SHOCKED BUT DEPENDS ON ONES INTELLIGENTS .DO THE SUN/MIRROR,HAVE INTELLIGENTS DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

  13. Dave

    Watson’s uncle aged 78 was recently convicted for historical abuse.

  14. jules

    Don’t back down Tom Watson, mind games are at play and all they want is for you to disappear and keep your mouth shut….please stay strong and continue what you’re doing.

    • tdf

      The Murdoch group are really the ones that are targetting Watson, due to Leveson and his anti-phone hacking campaigning. The Mail and Torygraph are just running with the pack, at least for the time being.

    • Dave

      There are no mind games at play. Tom Watson did not sign the letter with other MPs about Greville Janner and his alleged guilt is more apparent than anything you could say about Leon Brittan.