This according to Stephen Wright of The Mail who is normally very well informed on this issue (unlike stories in The Sun about Op Midland over the last two weeks)
As Wright points out, there will be a great many questions that will now need answering and we can expect to see a well planned media strategy by the Met when they finally make their statement which will attempt to shift responsibility away from the Met’s top brass. They can’t very well blame the police officers investigating, many of whom will have voiced serious misgivings from the beginning and were just doing their job and following orders.
But the Met’s part in this shambles is only half of the story, actually less than half.
The police would have looked, over the last 6 months, as to whether ‘Nick’ should face charges. There may be good reasons why it would not be in the public interest to do so. Nevertheless, the police should say whether they have grounds to charge ‘Nick’ even if they decide not to, and give some explanation as to why they will not.
The role of some sections of the BBC must also come under scrutiny now. However, given that there has been vehement internal argument and division within the BBC over their gullible approach to Operation Midland reporting, I’m inclined to believe that the corporation will put its own house in order.
It will be Exaro News and their Editor-in-Chief, Mark Watts, who must inevitably face the biggest questions. Not least, how it is that in the last two years or so up to five of their star abuse clients have turned out to have been not telling the truth? Two of these star abuse clients, ‘Darren’ and ‘Andrew’, have already confessed to lying.
Journalists make mistakes, everyone does. But 5 high profile abuse clients in two years ?
Incidentally, I call them ‘clients’ rather than witnesses because Exaro News has been acting as media agents. Touting these stories and access to their clients for thousands of pounds across the MSM.
I’ve just been talking to Richard Kerr, an absolutely genuine survivor from Kincora who has given me so much help over the last 6 months or so. He knew that I most certainly was not referring to him or his well documented case when I alluded to ‘up to five Exaro Clients not telling the truth.’ However, given that for a short time Richard had been in contact with Exaro who published some stories related to him, he was concerned that others might mistakenly believe that I was referring to him in this article.
I just want to be absolutely clear, Richard Kerr is a 100% genuine survivor of CSA in Williamson House, Kincora, and elsewhere and this article does not allude to him.
That Richard should be concerned about such a mistake occurring should give readers some idea how many genuine survivors of CSA, and not just those that have had contact with Exaro News directly, must feel at this time given the prominence of stories about false allegations in the Media.
It is understood that he and his advisers have spent days preparing a long statement and public relations strategy explaining the importance of taking Nick’s allegations so seriously in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
But sources close to Operation Midland have described the investigation as a ‘shambles’ driven by ‘back covering Yard chiefs’ keen not to be accused of covering up alleged Establishment child sex crimes – however ridiculous the claims may seem to be…
… The Met will now come under intense pressure to investigate Nick, who is in his 40s, for attempting to pervert the course of justice and wasting police time. Mr Proctor’s lawyers have asked the force to do this.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is on standby to investigate any allegations of misconduct relating to the £2million fiasco.
The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee is planning to call Sir Bernard and his senior officers to answer questions about the bungled investigation.
BBC News and the controversial news website Exaro – which publicised Nick’s incredible claim in late 2014, before he went to police – are expected to face tough questions about their role in the scandal.