The Daily Mail’s tedious and unfunny churnalist Richard Littlejohn has a problem today: he has to say something about former entertainer Rolf Harris, who has just been found guilty of a number of sex offences, but cannot tell readers of his crashing ineptitude on the subject, where he twice suggested the Police were wasting their time and should go after real criminals instead.
Rolf Harris, Guv? Er, not now ... schtum ... schtum!
Last year, he was in no doubt: ““I wonder if those Met officers swanning round Australia interviewing women who claim to have been touched up by Rolf Harris four decades ago could have been better deployed on anti-terrorist surveillance duties in South London”. Yeah, what a waste of money, eh?
Not long after that, he doubled down: ““Harris was re-arrested this month. Officers have even travelled to Australia trawling for victims after one 43-year-old woman claimed to have been assaulted by Harris when she was a teenager. Nice work if you can get it, Sarge”. Now he has a chance to explain himself.
But explaining himself is exactly what Dicky Windbag is not about to do: instead, he nonchalantly executes a two-pronged “look over there” manoeuvre in order to bodyswerve the issue altogether. First of his two distractions is to home in on the account of presenter Vanessa Feltz, who has confirmed that Harris groped her during an edition of The Big Breakfast.
Would you Adam and Eve it, says Littlejohn, he once appeared on live TV with Rolf Harris, and then sometime later appeared with Vanessa! I mean, what a coincidence! Er, yeah, what an irrelevance, you mean. It still doesn’t explain how The Sage Of Vero Beach called the Harris investigation so spectacularly wrong.
So Dicky Windbag launches a second front in his campaign to distract attention – attacking the Labour Party, and especially Margaret Hodge, because, well, Dick likes kicking women. “This is the same woman who presided over, and failed properly to investigate, sexual abuse in children’s homes when she was leader of Islington Council” he asserts. “Presided over sexual abuse”? Smears’R’Us strikes again.
Then he chucks in a Jimmy Savile reference: “Evidence has since emerged suggesting that Jimmy Savile assaulted children in Islington’s care”. It has? Here’s the wording from the Telegraph: “Police have uncovered possible evidence that Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted vulnerable children in a care home in Islington”. So a possibility, and no more. But attention successfully diverted elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Littlejohn continues to trouser the thick end of a million notes a year by churning out his lame copy, backed up by horrendously wrong calls as with his repeated suggestion that pursuing Rolf Harris was a waste of time. Nice work if you can get it, eh Dicky Boy? Pass the sick bag.
Hello there Tim
Just One Small Point in your otherwise interesting commentary on Littlejohn Re: Rolf Harris.
You state that Vanessa Feltz "Confirmed" that RH groped her during an edition of the Big Breakfast, which presumably went out live.
We know that Vanessa has said that she tried to be a witness against RH in the Trial and that she made the allegation in 2012 when the Saville fallout was at coming to the fore, nevertheless, I always am wary of accepting these things as fact until a proper cross-examination and analysis of the facts in a Court of Law can be obtained.
Just a small thought to consider in the fallout on this sorry affair.
Well, I never thought I would contradict you regarding Littlejohn but here goes:
Margaret Hodge DID preside over an inquiry and failed to investigate properly. In fact , her arrogant handling of the whole affair was shameful. When two adult survivors came forward she called them "mentally ill". Why she was ever given the role of Children's Minister is a mystery to many.
The Islington cover-ups shredding of documents etc. is widely recorded in the media and there are several cases of litigation against Islington Council going through the courts at the moment.
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