Friday, July 08, 2011

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down 200 jobs for his friend


If His Grace were headmaster of a school, and it were disclosed that he had a few paedophile teachers under his charge, and he were made aware of their disgusting activities – indeed, even facilitated and sanctioned them – he might expect the full force of the school’s Governing Body to descend upon him, and for the law to take its course. If, however, with the full complicity of his senior team, he merely shifted these paedophiles from dormitory to dormitory, permitting them to continue harassing and raping the innocent, his repugnant moral worldview ought to be evident to all who have reason.

What, then, if Ofsted were to visit, and the extent of the cover-up made known? A few inspectors were bribed to say nothing; indeed, to provide the school with a favourable report with advanced warnings of future inspections. But the media sniff out that some 4,000 children have been abused, and their headlines cry out for those who suffered, to give a voice to the voiceless and demand justice for the chronic culture of abuse.

And so His Grace, as headmaster, mindful of the damning headlines and the damage to his good name and reputation, decides to close his school immediately, putting 200 outstanding teachers out of a job while he remained securely in his, hoping, perhaps, to open another school in a few months, under a different name.

He leaves it to the police to question the suspect paedophiles, providing no evidence against them. He assures the media that he was, in fact, on holiday while the most serious crimes were committed, leaving his deputy and senior team in charge; and so the guilt is theirs. And the Chairman of Governors supports His Grace, as headmaster, every step of the way. Indeed, the Governing Body authorise the closure of the school and sign redundancy notices for all the outstanding staff who were manifestly oblivious to the evil within their walls.

Would it not be evident (again, to all who have reason) that this headmaster and chairman of governors were more concerned with saving themselves than with the care and education of children; that they prioritise their own reputations over truth and justice; that they are prepared to cause misery to 200 outstanding teachers and to thousands of abused children in order to open a brand new school in a few months, in the hope of putting the whole sordid business behind them?

Who, in their right mind, would then send their child to this new school?

Unless, of course, the Chairman of Governors were able to effect a total brand decontamination, deflecting all attention from the allegations against his headmaster of any wrongdoing, and persuading thousands upon thousands of parents that the shiny, new school is nothing like the old one.

Except, perhaps, for the red flash on top of the school badge.

38 Comments:

Anonymous MrJ said...

Whodunit? If Lestrade has dfficulty, send for Poirot? Maigret? The Saint? Dick Barton? Swift?

Nay lad, Abp Cranmer (if HM has not asked him to form the new Cabinet).

8 July 2011 at 10:32  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

An interesting alternate view on a bag of worms.

I would like to know if the BBC will be put under the same scrutiny for its failings.(ie. propaganda arm for the Labour party)

8 July 2011 at 11:16  
Anonymous JayBee said...

And what if His Grace while in his capacity as headmaster of this hypothetical school had aided and abetted an ambitious political friend to get his party elected in return for commercial favours of the expansionist variety. What indeed if His Grace had succeeded in persuading his political buddy that an incriminated former teacher with PR skills had turned over a new leaf and was just what he needed, thereby infiltrating a double agent to ensure that His Grace “had the goods on him” in case some whistle-blower grassed His Grace up to Ofsted and he needed to turn the screw on his political friend?

8 July 2011 at 11:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds allot like Margaret Hodge when she was in charge of the Islington care homes.

8 July 2011 at 11:43  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Good evening.

I speak to you from 10 Downing Street, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this Nation. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national interest.

In all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best for the Nation. Throughout the long and difficult period of Hackgate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me.

In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Parliament to justify continuing that effort. As long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the constitutional process through to its conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future.

But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.

I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interests of the Nation must always come before any personal considerations.

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as prime minister, I must put the interest of Britain first. To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the Prime Minister and parliament in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home.

Therefore, I shall resign the prime minister effective at noon tomorrow. Deputy Prime Minister Clegg will commence his duties at that hour in this office.

By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.

I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the Nation.

To those who have stood with me during these past difficult months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right, I will be eternally grateful for your support.

And to those who have not felt able to give me your support, let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me, because all of us, in the final analysis, have been concerned with the good of the country, however our judgments might differ.

So, let us all now join together in affirming that common commitment and in helping our new prime minister succeed for the benefit of all Britons.

I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my term, but with gratitude for the privilege of serving as your prime minister for the past year. This year has been a momentous time in the history of our Nation and the world.

I stand by my friend, Mr Andrew Coulson.

DC

8 July 2011 at 12:06  
OpenID scottspeig said...

It seems this post is beneath you and I am not as happy with you for it.

You are clouding this issue with emotion by comparing phone/voicemail hacking with peodophilia which lets face it are not analogous.

Regardless, let us take your hypothetical situation:

Suppose that you are (as headmaster) unaware that such goings on were happening and that the teachers you descibed were excellent at discipline? Unknown to you, you move them around as it removes the unruly behaviour that abounded in your school.

Now it comes to your attention after these teachers have left, that the crimes come to light? Parents are removing their children and no more applicants are coming in. What do you and your govenors do?

You inform the police and are forced to close the school as no revenue comes in.

As I said, not an ideal post by a long shot.

8 July 2011 at 12:11  
Blogger D. Singh said...

The central question that remains unanswered:

Did Coulson pass onto Cameron secrets (obtained by hacking) of the Labour Party’s general election campaign?

8 July 2011 at 12:16  
Anonymous Toby the Jug said...

I really do not think it an appropriate analogy to use victims of sex abuse and the covering up of the activities of paedophiles in this instance of voicemail interception. They are surely of a different order?

There's a lot of if's and maybe's in this post too.

Were the "Headmaster" to have acted as outlined, had knowledge of the full extent of the activities and the "chronic culture of abuse" then the full force of the law should descend on him. He should resign or be sacked. Similarly if it can be shown the "Chairman of Governors" failed to act cooperatively once he was aware of the crime, then your criticism is valid and consumners should reconsider buying any of his product under whatever dressing or company.

I have no real sympathy with the celebrities caught up in this. They have been quick to state their indignation and grab their £100k plus each. The ordinary families of the lost children and those of the service men and women who died for their country, have had their privacy violated. This is quite another matter. These are the real victims and money will not compensate them.

8 July 2011 at 12:31  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

As regards Murdoch's own behaviour, I think your analogy is illuminating. And just look at that face - doesn't it speak volumes!

8 July 2011 at 12:39  
Blogger Willie said...

Dear Mr Singh.
I think you miss the point. NI had a very cosy relationship with NuLabour which did nothing during its time to disturb it. When, and it was late in the day, NI, or rather the Sun, changed alliance as it could see NuLabour losing, it was merely to continue that cosy relationship with the new incumbents in No 10. This perceived disloyalty is the real reason the left is up in arms.
That David Cameron failed to win an absolute majority is because of his vapid mediocrity, having been gifted an open goal of such dimensions that there was no need such secrets except for amusement.

8 July 2011 at 12:41  
Blogger D. Singh said...

All right Willie; then I take it the Old Bill is wasting his time?

8 July 2011 at 13:02  
Blogger Gail said...

Useful analogy. Why indeed should 200 people lose their job when 197 were not there when these vile deeds happened? Murdoch Jnr and Wade should have gone. The fact that Sunday Sun has already got a domain (set up a couple of days ago) suggests this has all been very cynical.

8 July 2011 at 13:07  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Scotspeig and Toby the Jug

I agree the comparison is flawed. I'm risking the wrath of Cranmer here but he does seem obsessed with organised sexual abuse, with cover up's and institutionalised silence.

I'm probably misunderstanding and being anti-Anglican here but try substituting 'priests' for 'teachers', 'bishops' for 'headmaster' and 'pope' for 'chairman of the govenors'. I have misconstrued his posts in the past so perhaps I'm wrong.

A better analogy might have been that of breaching the seal of confession or wiring the confessional.

Wait for it .....

8 July 2011 at 13:56  
Anonymous Tony B said...

Is this not so much more than just a story about celebrities phones - anyone's phones - ? If they would stoop to the depths they have with Milly Dowler, what lengths would they NOT go to, as Mr Singh touches on above. The implications go way beyond a few celebrities phones, and even way beyond the phones of the families of soldiers and murder victims. The implications go right to the heart of our so-called democratic system. I expect revelations even more shocking than those already made.

8 July 2011 at 13:57  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Have some commenters considered the iniquity being denounced in today's article as carefully as its author, who decided to write it in the way he did?

Did he use the paedophiliac comparison flippantly, uncaringly, sensationally?

This fuse has been very long-burning, and has been known about for years in political and MSM circles, and commented upon when Mr Cameron decided to give Mr Coulson "a second chance", the damaging excuse he repeated this morning. That alone speaks volumes about Mr Cameron and his entourage, louder than words.

In the last few days insuppressible public knowledge burst about interference with anxious messages sent to young Milly Dowler's phone after her disappearance, and about the two young girls horribly murdered at Soham.

Questions of perjury, witholding evidence, falsehoods.

There is widespread shame about the part unscrupulous practices have preyed upon the appetites of the public, and that includes malpractice by police and politicians, which has been showing little sign of abating.

The article is proportionate to the issue.

8 July 2011 at 14:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until the police and investigating powers come to charges and convictions or none ! then sorry but some on here are talking total £%&$%!
I just hope they get treated to the justice they wish on others !

8 July 2011 at 15:20  
Anonymous berserker-nkl said...

Apart from I think Japan, the English are dead keen readers of newspapers. In a world where newspapers are suffering severely, the great British press is in reasonable health. Our modest population has three newspapers topping the over a million mark of readers (Sun, Mirror and Star)
where the USa with its vastly larger population has just two (Wall Street Journal and USA Today)

The French don't really have a tradition of reading newspapers and have considerably smaller circulations and I think are all State subsidised apart from the Nord-Ouest. I think some used also to be subsidised by the armaments industry! And their prices are controlled by the government.

The point I am making is that Dear Old Wet Marxist Liberal Old Blighty has in our newspaper industry the ultimate of competitiveness. Is this not strange anachronism? Is this 'wot won us the Empire'? It must also be remembered that the NOTW did bring to light some pretty awful police blunders and other nefariousness and scandals.

Of course this is the other side of a decidedly filthy coin. And the NOTW did expose last year's dirty goings on in cricket!

8 July 2011 at 15:43  
Blogger prziloczek said...

It seems that everyone in London was well aware of what was going on.
Out here only bits got through from time to time.

What is the next big scandal?
Allow me to suggest that the EU is about to blow.

Allow me to suggest that the foolish wind factory project is going to blow up but it might take a couple of years. The Lib Dems, of course, will be light years away then siding with the outraged majority who sit without heating, lighting, food, entertainment and, above all, without the excellent Cranmer blog.

8 July 2011 at 15:46  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Interesting take on events YG, the scenario you put forward is apt, I once read a shocking history of Monsanto, how they had caused misery and abuse under different names.

Always closing down and changing logo, to avoid facing the music.

Yours in Truth and Justice.

8 July 2011 at 16:15  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Your Grace you have correctly homed in on our societies seriously terminal endemic sickness.

Whereas POWER resides ever more at the very top, the responsibility resides ever more at the very bottom.

Society is now completely UP-SIDE down, as it was predicted to become by illuminated people, such as George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell, and H.G. Wells, many moons ago.

The thing to understand is that turning society upside down was a product of hard work, vast amounts of investment, patience and long term planning.

Therefore

Society was not successfully turned on its head due to bad-luck, Act of God, misfortune, chance, natural or inevitable process.

What is worse we cannot entirely blame our ruling elites for this outcome, for we the people allowed it to happen, we do after all unfortunately live/exist in a wholly corrupted democracy, not a well regulated constitutional republic.

Indeed some of us have been positively cheerleading this elitist oligarchical corporatist corporate takeover of the entire globe for decades.

The majority of these call themselves socialists, and vote for the Labour Party. However these types are almost as likely to be found voting or working for some other political party, including The BNP, and UKIP.

Some may call this way of running society fascist, fabian, socialist, communist, or corporate capitalist.

Some may very mistakingly believe that our disempowered enslavement has something to with natural evolution, liberalism, freedom or free-markets.

(This growing belief that freedom somehow inevitably results in slavery is clearly yet another example of establishment induced MIND-CONTROL of the most insidious nature.)

However what name we give our current reality is of little importance.

Perhaps the beast, sorry, best name to give our current reality, is simply, our current reality?

What the majority of us cannot claim, is that we were not warned, because we were warned very many times, and by very many people.

The fact that many either chose to ignore these warnings, or positively welcome their collectivist captivity, is now established.

The really bad news is that situations where the buck is passed down the chain of command and control, instead of up, will become ever more frequent, unless the people finally WAKE-UP.

I must admit to having no idea whether they ever will, or not. This even under far worse circumstances then we currently have. Although it seems to me, that many contributors to his forum are starting to do so.

Please understand that on finally waking-up, you do not have to actually do anything, or indeed know what to do.

All you need to do is WAKE-UP, for if enough did so, this alone could have a dramatic effect on the ultimate outcome, all of itself.

8 July 2011 at 16:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can honestly say that I have never read the NotW. Can those who did read it be sincerely compared to children in a school who are not old enough to know better? Our consciences should be fully mature by the time we reach the age of maturity.

If people had not bought the paper in the first place, it would not have had economic success and been in the position of employing so many people.

While I regret the fact that so many worthy people have lost their jobs, we should pray that they will not be tempted through economic necessity to support the Murdoch empire via the emergence of a similar paper. Or is it too puritan or self-righteous to hope that folks will exercise their individual conscience?

Pamela Haymere

8 July 2011 at 16:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MrJ said...
"Have some commenters considered the iniquity being denounced in today's article as carefully as its author, who decided to write it in the way he did? Did he use the paedophiliac comparison flippantly, uncaringly, sensationally?"

Er, yeah!

So are you confirming it was a deliberate and intended comparison with the scandal besetting the Catholic Church? Wholly inappropriate to raise this at every opportunity.

8 July 2011 at 16:37  
Anonymous Oswin said...

An unnecessary analogy Your Grace, are you a tad fraught perhaps; or merely overly excited at present?

8 July 2011 at 18:13  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Anonymous 16:37 "are you confirming it was a deliberate and intended comparison with the scandal besetting the Catholic Church?"

No. As I read the article, the Roman Catholic Church did not cross my mind. Mention of Islington care homes at 11:43 seemed a fair comment; and 15:46 also, developing the point in terms of wider issues.

Other comments objecting to the comparison such as 12:11 make no link that I can see specifically to the Roman Catholic Church. (No comment on 13:56, which makes no sense to me.)

But a reader who saw a cap fitting a particular target would, in my view, be missing the bigger picture of wrongdoing which is under consideration: the perversion of press, police and politics which is a grave social ill, of which the perversion of institutional responsibilty is a manifestation (in RC Church, care homes, NHS, prisons, Downing Street, Whitehall, Westminster, local authorities, the banking and monetary system, or otherwise).

8 July 2011 at 18:24  
Anonymous Voyager said...

There is an interesting issue. Courts are tending to see Priests as "employees" of Bishops in cases of child abuse. As one who feels Bishops have failed the Church in recent times, I have ambivalent views on this conclusion.

However, if this conclusion holds Newspaper Editors AND Proprietors are DIRECTLY responsible for the behaviour of their staff.......and Government Ministers are DIRECTLY accountable for the behaviour of their Civil Servants and Agency Staff......Michael Howard and Derek Lewis please note.

The Fish Rots From The Head is an old adage, but clearly has some merit

8 July 2011 at 19:29  
Anonymous Gerard Tibercross said...

There is currently an extremely experienced team of 200 who have demonstrated how capable they are of running a hugely successful Sunday tabloid. If they were to set up a paper owned by the staff it would surely triumph. But what to call it? The News of the Screws seems obvious, but maybe the News of the Screwed would be better.

8 July 2011 at 19:35  
Anonymous bluedog said...

MrJ @ 14.46 has it right. Surely it now appears that the political elite have allowed themselves to be comprehensively captured by elements of the Press, who also appear to have captured some of the Plod. As Boris Johnson has already said, this is corruption. Those are not words which David Cameron has yet used, and one can understand why not.

Rebekah Brooks is now quoted in the DT as saying its going to get worse. What does she know and what else does she know?

8 July 2011 at 22:29  
Anonymous Jack Flash. said...

As expected, the doomed plane starts down, but the heroic captain is bobbing safely in a liferaft drinking Champagne and wishing the doomed occupants good luck, having taken the only parachute. Sweet!


Jack.

8 July 2011 at 23:45  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Voyager said...
[There is an interesting issue. Courts are tending to see Priests as "employees" of Bishops in cases of child abuse]

Thats a good thing, the employer, employee relationship is of a Commercial nature, which somewhat exposes the falsehood which is the Church as we know it today.

If I learned anything from Holy Writ, it was our Gospel of John says "in the beginning was the word"

Timothy says "Study to show thyself approved"

And Jeremiah "ask for the ancient paths,ask where the good way is, and walk in it"

Now I have studied archaic words and the word Jews in the arcane was Yewes, which relates to law and the Judiciary.

Jesus tells us to give them our Cloaks if the Courts come after us. Christ does not have any employees so let the employees be charged and question the employer, lets find out who payed them to do it!

9 July 2011 at 00:05  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Mr J said ...
"(No comment on 13:56, which makes no sense to me.)"

Really? I'll repeat it:

I'm probably misunderstanding and being anti-Anglican here but try substituting 'priests' for 'teachers', 'bishops' for 'headmaster' and 'pope' for 'chairman of the govenors'. I have misconstrued his posts in the past so perhaps I'm wrong.

I write it with yesterday's comment by Mr Cranmer in mind:

"... it transpires that His Grace’s phone was also hacked – even as he placed his hand in the fire and declared: “And as for the Pope, I refuse him as Christ's enemy and anti-Christ, with all his false doctrine.""

I see a theme - but then, as I say, I may be wrong.

9 July 2011 at 00:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This photo of Rupert resembles strongly a Shar-Pei.
This adds nothing whatsoever to the issue at hand - but it just HAD to be said !

Marcus "just as ugly" Foxall

9 July 2011 at 00:25  
Anonymous Yasin said...

Gotta love how this woman's speech today (friday) was all about her, pretty much sums up her arrogance.

9 July 2011 at 04:08  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Well, yesterday was the ideal time to win the Euromillions lottery given that the Sunday tabloid dirt-raking low-lifes are busy with their own dirt.

When they get back on their feet again, no doubt simplying buying a ticket and winning the jackpot will be enough to qualify for an assessment of one's whole life, including checkbook interviews with neighbours and peripheral family, to see if one somehow 'deserves' the win in some cosmic way.

Retired couples, people made unjustly redundant weeks before, people with terminal illnesses, people whose houses are about to be repossessed (through no fault of their own) ... all deserve it. People with bitter ex-partners or estranged families, those with a criminal record no matter how minor, single middle-aged people who live with their parents and have no social lives ... none of those deserve it.

What they do apparently deserve is to have their lives assessed and found wanting by tabloid newspapers for the unpleasant enjoyment of others who buy the garbage. Why anyone buys a newspaper like the Sun or the Mirror or the NoTW is beyond me.

9 July 2011 at 08:07  
Anonymous Tony B said...

We may never know the full truth; it looks like closing the paper was part of a "scorched earth" policy - enabling them to destroy evidence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14090123

"Labour say their letter has been prompted by reports that millions of e-mails had been deleted at News International in an attempt to obstruct Scotland Yard's investigations..

Mr Lewis writes: "In view of the fact that the News of the World is shutting down, it is a matter of great urgency that any documentary evidence, including files and emails, is preserved to enable a proper inquiry into these serious allegations to take place."

9 July 2011 at 08:11  
Anonymous MrJ said...

MrJ, noting "...I may be wrong" at 00:10 this morning, is reminded of the Lord's Prayer ("Paternoster") and the part of the Book of Common Prayer which reads in part:

"A general Confession to be said of the whole Congregation after the Minister, all kneeling: Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us...."

And another thing: the images being conveyed in the writing of such an article as "Greater love hath no man than this..." are to be understood *subject to* its title and *along with* its picture(s); and (may be) in connection with what has preceded: in this case "Thursday, July 07 'The Iron Lady - a *teasing trailer* ', in retrospect a 'double entendre'?.

Behind this again are those issues about which there has been bitterness, division and strife, concerning truth, evidence, witness, substance, essence and reality, which trouble the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve from the beginning of Genesis to the end of the Revelation (Apocalypse) of John; and before, during and after the "Reformation" episode in Western Europe; and for which historic persons, under the power of earthly princes and authorities, have been condemned in the name of righteousness to suffer deposition, deprivation, imprisonment, exile, torture and death.

9 July 2011 at 08:47  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Mr J

Your third paragraphs is too opaque for to comprehend, truthfully, but I agree with the theme of the Pater Nosta and the Collect.

The final paragraph I agree with whole heartedly. People from both sides of the Roman and Anglican divide suffered appallingly at a time when the boundary between Church and State was lost sight of.

10 July 2011 at 21:29  
Anonymous MrJ said...

typo at 9 July 08:47.... "Pater noster"

11 July 2011 at 09:16  
Blogger len said...

Far from Murdoch being the' scapegoat' his staff(at ground level) at the NOTW have been sacrificed for the greater good of the company.
Or have they?
Will they be re employed as the NOTW re emerges as the Phoenix from the ashes in a new guise.?
This is apparently common practice to re- name and re -present when companies have outlived their usefulness.
In most companies suspected of dubious practices immediate seizure of documents and files would be carried out with a sense of urgency, has this happened?If not ,why not?.

13 July 2011 at 07:58  

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