The parallels between the BBC sex scandal and that in the Roman Catholic church are all too obvious. A monolithic world-leading organisation founded on virtues of rectitude and morality shelters and protects the perpetrators of an institutional paedophilia; in place of priests we have DJs and presenters, and in place of the bishops and cardinals doing the cover-ups are the controllers and directors-general of the BBC. The expressions of contrition to the press once found-out are identical, and once the story is out the victims and the sordid stories multiply. ITV, like the Anglicans, has escaped the initial flood of allegations but its own dirty vicars will emerge in time. And no doubt before long the actions for damages will begin, and group-actions (if one may call them that) of children groped by 'Top of the Form' presenters and BBC TV and radio stars will receive large cheques.
Savile was the subject of the chit-chat with my lady barber yesterday as she tidied me up. "Of course the police were all at it as well back then" she said; she had been sexually assaulted as a 13 year old by a constable in uniform to whom she had turned for help. Pervert schoolmasters and scout leaders we already know about.
Was it something in the drinking water back then? Were they all at it?