Ruth Dudley Edwards: The French do a much better class of scandal than we do
But the fallout leaves the same devastation, broken families and tattered careers, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
MOST sexual scandals plaguing the British-Irish isles are irredeemably squalid. Our criminals have taken enthusiastically to the trafficking of vulnerable young women for sexual exploitation. No week goes by without further reminders of how Ireland allowed its children to be abused by those who were supposed to protect them. The revelation that social workers and police in some northern English towns turned a blind eye to the corruption of underage girls by Pakistani sex gangs has caused disgust.
And now it emerges that Sir Jimmy Savile, that well-known saint, raped and molested children with impunity in his BBC and hospital playgrounds, for, as usual, those in authority didn't believe what they didn't want to believe. In Stoke Mandeville Hospital -- for which he had raised millions -- children were afraid of being taken to "Jimmy's room" and concerned nurses advised young charges to pretend to be asleep when he was near.