On ITV this week the Prime Minister was ambushed with a little list of names trawled off the internet: that's Phillip Schofield's grasp of due process - 'a momentary, cursory glance at the internet'. He ought to hope that no-one messes with his Wikipedia entry to spread falsehoods and defamatory allegations about him, not least because he might lose his job over such scandal.
Labour's Tom Watson is doing his damnedest to sully the reputation of just about every Conservative minister who served under Margaret Thatcher. By talking nebulously of 'senior Tories' under parliamentary privilege, he knows full well what he's doing. When Home Secretary Theresa May announced the details of two inquiries, Watson had the temerity to accuse her of instituting 'the next stage of a cover-up'. Why doesn't he just give all his evidence to the police?
Speaking of cover-ups, Channel 4 news this week raised the spectre of a Masonic dimension to all this. How rivetingly conspiratorial is that! But it wouldn't be the first time that Freemasons have been in the firing line of a paedophile scandal - Thomas Hamilton, who murdered 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane in 1996, was a Mason. His MP, George (now Lord) Robertson, who allegedly supported Hamilton's gun licence, is a Mason. Investigating senior police officers were Masons. Is Lord Cullen, who conducted the inquiry into the tragedy, also a Mason? He is said to have 'Masonic connections' (which High Court judge doesn't?), and (mysteriously) all his findings are subject to a 100-year embargo.
In the case of the Bryn Estyn Children's Home and the inquiry presided over by retired High Court judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC, Channel 4 pointed out that a number of the accused were Masons, as were investigating North Wales police officers, as was the tribunal's leading counsel, as was the Judge... and we now learn that Waterhouse forbade the victims and the media to name any senior politicians or police officers in their witness testimonies.
As the paedomania spreads like manias do, the Prime Minister expressed concern to Phillip Schofield that he didn't want this turning into a 'witch-hunt' against prominent gay men (making uncomfortably explicit a correlation which no politician usually dare mention). Ought someone to leap to the defence of Freemasons? After all, dressed up in their aprons and regalia, concealed in their secret lodges, who knows what satanic rituals and perverted sex sacrifices are made?