A few words on developments in the #CSA enquiry:
A number of prominent abuse victims are unhappy with Fiona Woolf’s appointment. There is indeed a petition. At first the simple objection seemed to be that she was too ‘establishment’ , but then links with Lord Brittan as shown in the Mail on Sunday http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746370/Revealed-New-boss-investigation-VIP-child-abuse-claims-linked-Leon-Brittan-The-Mail-On-Sunday-exposes-family-friendship-SECOND-inquiry-chief-ex-MP-accused-abuse-file-cover-up.html.
In the Guardian MP Simon Danczuk questions Theresa May’s intentions, suggesting that this enquiry may have more to dow with protecting the status quo than helping victims:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/theresa-may-child-sex-abuse-inquiry-light-of-day?CMP=twt_gu.
There appears to be greater faith in other panel members, Barbara Hearn OBE seems to inspire genuine confidence from many, and Graham Wilmer MBE is a victim himself, and founded the Lantern Project . However, some are raising concerns that there is no victim of organised child abuse on the panel, and therefore perhaps no one who can understand the experience of cover-ups by institutions and powerful people.
There are of course many arguing that changing the chair would just take more time and that its best to get on with the enquiry. MP Tom Watson ( who for those unfamiliar with all this was pivitol in bringing to light the Elm Guest House scandal in which Brittan is implicated) wrote on his blog last night that his prepared to broadly support the Woolf inquiry, but at the time of writing I cannot access it (www.tom-watson.co.uk). Another helpful blog showing the possible issues surrounding the kind of enquiry which is to be held, i.e. whether it is a statutory inquiry or not can be found here: http://barristerblogger.com/2014/09/06/theresa-mays-politically-driven-inquiry-child-sexual-abuse-heading-disaster/
Meanwhile, ever more abuse in boarding schools comes to light: there has been a second arrest at ashdown house: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-29133623