Already reeling from revelations that deceased entertainer Jimmy Saville and other prominent public figures were serial sexual abusers of children, the British public is now confronted with reports that a senior Conservative politician from Wales who worked under Margaret Thatcher also practiced pedophilia.
Prime Minister David Cameron, currently traveling in the Middle East, has ordered an inquiry into the activities of the Tory lawmaker (who is still living but has not yet been definitively identified by any mainstream UK media outlet).
"Child abuse is an absolutely hateful and abhorrent crime," Cameron said in Abu Dhabi.
"These allegations are truly dreadful and they mustn't be left hanging in the air, so I'm taking action today. I'm going to be asking a senior independent figure to lead an urgent investigation into whether the original inquiry was properly constituted and properly did its job and to report urgently to the government."
According to reports, the acts of abuse occurred at Bryn Estyn children's home in north Wales and other such facilities in the 1970s and 1980s. A previous inquiry that ended in 2000 indicated that hundreds of children were violated there.
One of the alleged victims of child sexual abuse, Steve Messham, has stepped forward and will meet with the Welsh Secretary, David Jones, on Tuesday. Messham specifically accused a prominent Thatcher-era Conservative politician of raping him as a child. Messham told media that when he went to the police with his claims in the 1970s he was branded a liar.
“My view of this is that nothing would surprise me, honestly,” Richard Scorer, who represented Messham said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“[But] the evidenced has to be properly investigated … I don’t say it’s true, I think it is quite possible that public figures could be involved in child abuse as almost certainly Jimmy Savile was. My view is that we’ve got to get a decent investigation going and look at it all.”
Another attorney, Mark Stephens, who represented more than a dozen children during the previous Welsh child abuse inquiry, declared: “I am convinced parliamentary privilege will be used to ask a question as to why this high-ranking politician who was named by a victim in the north Wales child abuse inquiry has been afforded protection.”
Meanwhile, Wales' Children’s Commissioner Keith Towler said he would support a “full inquiry” into the latest allegations.
“The fact that we have someone on camera now who was clearly a victim of appalling abuse in Bryn Estyn children’s home back in the 1970s and 80s, saying that what he wanted to say was outside of the terms of reference, and people told him that he could not say these things and he couldn’t talk about people who had abused him, is clearly wrong,” he said.
“The fact that he is now saying that and he has now said it so publicly means we have to respond to that.”
Last month, Labour MP Tom Watson claimed that Conservative lawmakers may have belonged to a pedophile ring that preyed on children.
The unnamed politician at the center of the claims denied the charges, according to the Telegraph.
Palash has worked as a business journalist for 21 years in New York.