Jimmy Savile Abuse Scandal: Independent Inquiry Dismissed To Outraged Reponses
The Jimmy Savile abuse scandal continues. So far there are already at least four investigations or inquiries afoot in response to the overwhelming news of the breadth and depth of Jimmy Savile's alleged horrific behaviour over five decades. The BBC has ordered three investigations into their own dealings during this time, plus the police have launched their own enquiries into the entire affair. Reported by the BBC, Maria Miller, current Tory politician and Culture Secretary, has dismissed the calls for an independent inquiry into the BBC’s involvement with the scandal.
Rob Wilson, the Labour MP for Reading East, however, was not convinced that this was enough and said there were “more questions to answer”. In addition, leader of the party, Ed Miliband, speaking to ITV1 said: “In order to do right by the victims, I don't think the BBC can lead their own inquiry... We need a broad look at all the public institutions involved - the BBC, parts of the NHS and Broadmoor. This has got to be independent.”
While Mr Wilson focussed largely on the BBC, Ms Miller highlighted the broadened scope of the problem; “These are undoubtedly very serious matters that have wide-ranging implications for a number of public institutions, not just the BBC.” To which Wilson retorted that the BBC had greater responsibility because Savile was one of their employees.
With the two major sides of the political spectrum divided on this matter, it seems that the Jimmy Savile case has transcended mere 'scandal' and become a national crisis, and when police believe he may have abused in excess of 60 people you can see why. However, when a problem reaches this scale it is easy to forget each and every individual affected, and it becomes easy to neglect their best interests, which would surely be to quit squabbling and get to the root of the matter as quickly and easily as possible.