Now for the benefit of only one of Themselves Personally Now
As the Guardian has reported, “Police have launched a public appeal for victims to come forward after allegations emerged of child sexual abuse by the late former prime minister, Sir Edward Heath. The appeal was made as the police watchdog announced that it was investigating claims that officers dropped a prosecution against a man in the 1990s after he threatened to name Heath as a child abuser”. There was more.
“The Guardian has also learned that detectives have spoken to a man, now middle-aged, who says he was abused as a child by Heath on several occasions”. But, sounding a note of caution, the report also tells “The man who threatened to name Heath is believed to have been charged with a serious offence, though not to do with child sexual abuse, and was due to stand trial at a crown court”.
The piece also notes “Heath was unmarried and his private life has attracted speculation, some of which was lurid”. All we have are allegations and rumours; let the evidence be presented and investigated. That did not deter Danczuk, who was off on a tour of the broadcasters in short order, Tweeting as he went: “Police accused of not pursuing child abuse case against former PM Edward Heath” was his first offering.
He followed that with “I'm on @LBC just after 7pm talking about Ted Heath & the child sexual abuse allegations” before switching to the Beeb: “I'm here for this evenings @BBCNewsnight. To learn more about Ted Heath & further abuse allegations, please tune in”. After that, it was on to the papers which had decided to play along with him: “Could a brothel keeper provide evidence into Ted Heath child abuse claims?”
Danczuk was even prepared to go along with the Sun, asking on their behalf “Were you abused by former Prime Minister?” However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, the allegations about Sailor Heath have been swirling round for years now, so where was Danczuk then? The answer is that he wasn’t. There were claims made three years ago, but the Labour MP involved was not him.
Instead, it was Tom Watson who “said that he had personally reported to the police two allegations against Heath since 2012”. He also “said it was time for the creation of a new national police unit to target paedophiles, to run alongside the new inquiry into historic cases involving high profile politicians”. Spot the difference: Watson gets the Police involved, encourages them, suggests new initiatives. Danczuk merely grandstands.