Lord Bramall Blunders

Simon Heffer has written a scathing critique of the treatment of Lord Bramall, who has been under investigation over accusations of historic sexual abuse. The Field Marshall, a 92 year old veteran of D-Day, had his home raided by police on 4 March 2015, and was yet another suspect in the Operation Midland inquiry.  A pseudonymous accuser – ‘Nick’ – claimed Lord Bramall raped and molested him at a military base between 1976 and 1984.  There seems to be no evidence other than the word of the accuser. Scotland Yard dropped all charges against him on Friday, 15 January.

There has been a national hysteria, whipped up by the tabloid press, about child abuse. Child abuse is an immensely serious thing: as a parent I know that all too well, and my feelings about its perpetrators are medieval. However, after the Jimmy Savile scandal some people took leave of their senses about it. The witch-hunt that ensued provided golden opportunities for the self-righteous, the grandstanders, the manipulative, the rabble-rousers and the downright mischievous. The climate of irresponsibility this created was shocking.

The police have become the tools, either witting or unwitting, of this hysteria. The fear of allowing a genuine criminal to elude justice, and of senior officers having their careers damaged as a result, is paramount. But so is a political consideration, which touches on the new, unpleasant role of the police as social engineers. The police used to search out muggers, burglars, rapists and murderers. Now they give the impression that their main priority is pursuing those who might have committed whatever crime is the fashion of the moment.

…. Lord Bramall shows the other side of that coin. Entirely innocent, he has suffered the needless indignity of a smear and an inquiry. There is no point wasting public money on an inquiry into why the police allowed this wicked travesty to happen. But there is plenty of point in sacking, with equal indignity, those responsible for deciding to investigate him. The police should realise that their reckless witch-hunting has now gone far enough. The real perverts are easy enough to find without having to invent them.


And in the Daily Mail:

Scotland Yard was under mounting pressure last night to put historic VIP child abuse ‘fantasists’ in the dock.

The force was told to urgently examine whether some of the leading voices behind the ‘scandal’ were guilty of breaking the law.

Senior officers also faced calls to consider whether they could be guilty of perverting the course of justice or wasting police time.

The barrage of outrage was led by Lord Bramall, who said ‘Nick’ – the man responsible for vile claims against him – should now face justice himself.

All charges against the war hero and former Army chief were dropped last Friday as police said there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

His demand for justice was backed by figures from across the political spectrum, who said investigators should examine the claims of several ‘victims’ and Exaro, the controversial online news agency which gave them a platform.

Last night the D-Day hero was also weighing up whether to sue Scotland Yard over the flawed year-long child-sex inquiry.

The 92-year-old, a veteran of the Normandy landings, endured the indignity of his home being raided at dawn on March 4 last year by 20 police officers on the basis of a single complaint by a witness known only as ‘Nick’.

At the time, Avril, his wife of 66 years, was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. She died last summer without knowing her war veteran husband had been cleared.

Lord Bramall said he had been ‘through hell’ since being confronted with claims that he had raped and molested ‘Nick’ between 1976 and 1984 at a military base in the West Country.

…. ‘I think he (his accuser) should be [prosecuted],’ he said. ‘My lawyer says the complainant ought to be prosecuted for wasting police time but it is not for me to say what the police should do.

‘It was all based on wild statements by ‘Nick’ which were so bizarre and outrageous and grotesque, any normal policeman would have realised they were complete fantasy. For a 91-year-old man with a dying wife, it hasn’t been easy for me and for the family.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3404875/Now-David-Cameron-Boris-Johnson-raise-pressure-Scotland-Yard-chief-amid-calls-heartfelt-apology-war-hero-Lord-Bramall-s-cleared-abuse.html#ixzz3xd57kJKB

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