Institutional child sex abuse inquiry loses third head… and it hasn’t even started yet

Institutional child sex abuse inquiry loses third head… and it hasn’t even started yet

Published time: 5 Aug, 2016 13:18

Britain’s gigantic inquiry into institutional child abuse is facing another setback after the top judge in charge resigned her post, becoming the third to do so.

New Zealand high court judge Dame Lowell Goddard called it quits Thursday evening, claiming the inquiry had an unshakeable “legacy of failure” and that the job was a “struggle.”

However, Goddard herself has recently come under fire after it emerged that in her first year on the job she spent 30 days on leave and 44 working days in New Zealand and Australia.

The inquiry, which is unprecedented in size, is due to report in 2020, but some pundits estimate it could take longer as it has not yet publicly questioned a single victim or witness.

Fresh questions will now be asked about the feasibility of the investigation, which stretches back 60 years, includes a dozen separate investigations and could cost £100 million (US$130 million).

Goddard is the third chair to step down, after lawyer Fiona Woolf and Baroness Butler-Sloss both quit in 2014.

The appointment of Goddard by then-Home Secretary Theresa May was considered unorthodox at the time, given that her expertise lies in a foreign legal system. Her resignation is a blow for May in her first weeks as PM.

Goddard was criticized last week after she appeared to struggle to answer questions at a preliminary hearing and asked for help with “local law.”

The high court judge’s salary also drew scrutiny – Goddard was the highest paid civil servant in Britain, earning £360,000 on top of a £110,000 rent allowance, £12,000 for utilities and eight complementary first-class return flights to New Zealand each year.

In a resignation letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Goddard said she was “confident” there had been “some very real gains for victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.”

“The conduct of any public inquiry is not an easy task, let alone one of the magnitude of this. Compounding the many difficulties was its legacy of failure which has been very hard to shake off and with hindsight it would have been better to have started completely afresh,” she added.

Rudd accepted Goddard’s resignation “with regret” and praised her for “having set the inquiry firmly on course.”

Phil Frampton, of the abuse survivor’s group Whiteflowers, said: “Goddard stepping down is another opportunity to finally get the child abuse inquiry on to the right track. She was the wrong choice from the beginning. She came from a judicial system in a country which is 20 years behind the UK.”

Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz MP said he shocked by the sudden resignation.

“We will expect a full explanation from both the prime minister and the new home secretary.”

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  • uhm

    Open Letter To Policing Minister B Lewis MP Re Police Whistleblower

    by BRIAN GERRISH | Thursday, 28th July 2016
    http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/open-letter-policing-minister-mr-brandon-lewis-mp-concerning-met-police-whistleblower

    In the last few days a very brave Detective Constable from the Met Police has given a public testimony of the orchestrated cover-up of widespread child abuse principally in London, but also UK wide. He describes the nature and scale of the child abuse including grooming, sexual abuse, prostitution, trafficking and cover-ups involving police, politicians, Local Authorities, Social Services and Charities.

      Dear Mr Lewis

      This is an open letter to you in person as Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice and for the wider public.

      I understand that you are now Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice and that your responsibilities include:

      victims and witnesses policy (including sponsorship of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority)
      chair of victims panel
      criminal justice system reform
      out-of-court disposals
      criminal law
      criminal courts procedure
      veterans review
      restorative justice
      miscarriages of justice (including sponsorship of the Criminal Cases Review Commission)

      In the last few days a very brave Detective Constable from the Met Police has given a public testimony of the orchestrated cover-up of widespread child abuse principally in London, but also UK wide. He describes the nature and scale of the child abuse including grooming, sexual abuse, prostitution, trafficking and cover-ups involving police, politicians, Local Authorities, Social Services and Charities.

      His reward for speaking out is to be threatened and harassed within the police, threatened with disciplinary action, branded as mentally ill and denied pay.

      His bravery in coming forward as a whistleblower is remarkable.

      Please listen to his 1 hour audio testimony here:

      http://www.ukcolumn.org/video/child-abuse-cover-police-whistleblower-speaks

      He recounts events in a clear, concise, measured and professional way.

      Please will you explain under your Ministerial responsibilities and Duty of Care to uphold the law and protect victims, witnesses and whistleblowers what action you will take to protect this man and to ensure that the serious criminal matters relating to child abuse he raises are addressed and those guilty of criminal offences and offences relating to public office such as malfeasance in public office are brought to justice.

      These matters are overwhelmingly in the public interest – indeed they are a matter of Public Controversy.

      I look forward to your written response.

      Thank you for your assistance.

      Yours Sincerely

      Brian Gerrish

      Joint Editor

      ukcolumn.org

      01752 478050
      07841 464187


    The Child Abuse Cover Up – A Police Whistleblower Speaks UK from peter on Vimeo.

    http://www.ukcolumn.org/video/child-abuse-cover-police-whistleblower-speaks

    In a courageous and explosive audio interview with UK Column “Despatches from the Front”, a Metropolitan Police Detective Constable child protection specialist, takes the lid off the scale of child abuse, trafficking and prostitution in London and UK.

    He exposes the lies, threats and intimidation used by the police, Local Authorities, Social Services, Politicians, Charities and others to protect Establishment figures and Westminster.

    This criminal conspiracy seeks to deceive the public and stop the truth emerging in every possible way.

    Young children taken from care, stolen, picked up on the street, groomed for sex, drugged, sickened with serious disease, or dying in the gutter are shown to be the worthless play things of powerful people – the same people who run Britain, and the very authorities supposedly protecting families, society and the weak and vulnerable.

    John’s courage deserves that everyone listening to his testimony circulates it and demands action.

    A Britain run by those who protect child abusers and murders is shown to be the sickening reality, but a far more dangerous future lurks beneath the surface as this criminal British State, unchecked, grabs yet more power over families and children by the day.

  • uhm

    I have to point out that Fiona Woolf was the Lord Mayor of the City of London (New Jerusalem) and therefore a head within the New Venice Empire. Fiona Woolf is a sister of light (Freemason) and also a Dame Commander within The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Do you honestly think someone like that wouldn’t try to hinder/delay the case or cause the case to be dismissed? Now take a look at the other character Baroness Butler-Sloss and note the Butler connection which is another very powerful Norman family that has control in Britain. Notice that Frederick Edward Robin Butler is a Knight of The Order of the Garter and also within the Order of the Bath and servant to both the Queen and Prince Charles! This is a Kabbalah led Freemasonic conspiracy at the highest level. Who controls British Freemasonry? The House of Windsor through the true head of the British Secret Intelligence Service and that’s the Duke of Kent and certainly not Alex Younger. Britain’s power-players stem from The Most Noble Order of the Garter commanding both the the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath along with the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. Let me remind you of the recent child abuse by Zionist Lord Janner of Braunstone.

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