What does the Jimmy Savile case tell us about received wisdom? Over the last few weeks it has become clear that one of the most famous people in Britain was known by very many people to be an active, abusive paedophile.
Many other people in broadcasting knew it. People in charities he was associated with knew it. People in hospitals he was associated with warned child patients about how to get around it. The person who founded Childline, no less, had heard about it. But nobody did said or did anything.
‘Don’t you know that Savile likes them young?’
“How come the BBC can make a programme blaming the BBC? It’s like having yourself arrested and then being your own prosecuting barrister!
“The BBC has finally gone mental. “This hot bed of leftyness has asked itself the question: ‘Should we have known?’ The answer is ‘yes’. We all knew, didn’t we?’’