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there was a time last week where it seemed that Teams tabloid and Westminster might gang up on Team BBC over Savile so that they could bury the implications of Leveson under a long running inquiry of their shared hate object.

However, it seems that the moment has been lost as the Savile thing is now so widespread and looking into dark corners of government such as the non-inquiry in welsh children's homes etc, etc and etc again that we are now seeing the whole edifice of the Establishment mutual support structure beginning to, if not crumble, at least look decidedly shaky.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 07:44:21 AM EST
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The role of the BBC re Savile was monstruously hyped, and I say that without sympathy for the Beeb.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 09:00:43 AM EST
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If by monstrously hyped you mean they gave him an almost endless series of high profile media front person jobs because he was 'box office', possibly.

The question is whether managers were discouraged from too much questioning because he was box office, or because of other reasons.

It would be a win for Team Westminster to persuade everyone that the nastiness is specific to luvvies and entertainers and it's all our own fault for liking crude and saucy people - as some hack at the LRB (I think) argued a few weeks back.

The more difficult questions - the close links with royalty and two prime ministers, the freedom of Broadmoor and various hospitals, the fact that he was only civilian to be awarded a green beret by the Marines, the fact that he was very friendly with Peter Sutcliffe and one of Sutcliffe's murders happened within a hundred yards of Savile's flat in Leeds - are perhaps less likely to be given the attention they deserve.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 09:54:51 AM EST
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I mean the sheer amount of BBC BBC BBC in media accounts since the story broke. Savile wasn't just a BBC figure, as you point out.  
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 11:34:50 AM EST
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