On the one hand, the hysteria surrounding the late Jimmy Savile shows the continuing degradation of the English character. Touching up girls in their mid-teens is an unseemly thing to do, and should probably attract some kind of legal penalty. It is, however, rather low on the scale of human wickedness. Yet, while real monsters like Tony Blair go unscathed about their business, Jimmy Savile is being made an unperson as if he were a disgraced member of Stalin’s Politburo. His name and image are being stripped from websites and headed papers. His grave stone has been smashed and taken away for landfill. I’m not sure how long before his body is dug up and ritually dismembered. Doubtless, most Englishmen have not joined the baying virtual mob. But any nation in which this sort of madness is tolerated is plainly not at ease with itself. I mention the Stalin Terror. But the heresy hunts in late mediaeval Europe also come to mind – or the smashing of the unpopular dead in ancient Egypt. This is not how things have so far been done in England.
On the other hand, it is rather funny to see people like Esther Rantzen brought low. Since she may be in litigious mood – indeed, while she may be as pure as thedriven snow in her innocence of all that has been alleged against her – I’ll not say all that I believe about her character and motivations. But she has done more than almost anyone else to inspire its institutional framework, and I’m glad she may now be herself consumed by the “child protection” hysteria.
Perhaps the witchhunt is little more than Rupert Murdoch’s revenge against the BBC – though, as said, any nation that tolerates this kind of thing is in trouble. If so, he may be doing us a service in the objective sense. It cannot hurt for systematic hypocrisy to be revealed, and for those who have led the degradation of our national character to be brought low.
I often say that we only remove comments from this blog if they seem likely to get David Davis or me into trouble. Sadly, we shall be monitoring comments to this posting with close attention, and have no doubt some will need to be removed.