16 Oct

The scandal regarding James Saville is distressing for a number of reasons. Primarily, because real people have been damaged. Most probably forever. It sounds shameful, and so it is.

But there are other aspects of this appalling case which should cause us profound concern. The fact that the victims were too afraid to come forward; the apparent connivance of others. The deafening silence. The trial by media after the event. The damage has been done. Too late. Just too damn late. There is chatter but it is accompanied by the silence.

It is the message it communicates to us for today and forever.

Celebrity. The illusion.

Our idolising so called celebrities. It’s a disgrace and we all stand guilty. Behind a charade of charity work, the dirty deeds are perpetrated over decades whilst the alleged perpetrator promises on TV to “fix it.” He certainly did. Fix it, but for himself.

But are we going to fix our obsession with celebrity?

About jolly time we do. Otherwise all the public enquiries, and all the police and BBC enquiries, will be merely a diversion. This Man is Dead. The victims live on to tell a sorry tale of coercion and abuse. And when the commotion dies down, they will claim that: Lessons will be learned. This is yet another illusion.


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