In the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile revelations and the recent guilty plea by Stuart Hall to charges of indecent assault (including a 9 year old girl) there are many questions facing the BBC. Many who grew up during that time may now be asking themselves who wasn’t involved in such vile conduct. That Savile did not face trial for his conduct must be distressing for his victims. Hall will be sentenced soon; anything less that a custodial sentence will surely cause outrage. Matthew Norman in the Telegraph writes a balanced piece on why, despite his age, Hall must go to prison. I am on record as saying that the law must be enforced where it has been broken, as it usually seems to be.
Therefore it was extremely disturbing to read Barbara Hewson’s comments on Spiked Online which were reported by a number of news websites. To say they were ill-considered and offensive is putting it mildly.