June 28, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Mention the three P’s in the U.K.—pedophiles, politicians, and Parliament, and you are likely to face a range of reactions. Despite reports in parts of the mainstream press, there are those whose eyes widen while dismissing you as an anti-establishment conspiracy theorist who takes things too far. Then there are the whistleblowers, survivors, lawyers, and politicians demanding investigations whilst working tirelessly to peel the paint from under the whitewashing.
The saddest reaction of all is from those who are not shocked. With child abuse scandals involving the U.K.’s most powerful coming to light almost as regularly as the changing of the guard, many of us are becoming desensitized to things that make others’ stomachs churn.
News of establishment figures and household names outed as child abusers has become the soundtrack of our lives. We are more likely to be shocked if someone hasn’t been involved in sex crimes. Sometimes people’s eyes glaze over when you mention the latest allegations, which began as rumours and are now being called cover ups by politicians at the “highest level.”
It’s not that we don’t care about these crimes against humanity. It’s that the details emerging of locations and those involved are so surreal that we can hardly comprehend them. That’s what denial is, right? It’s a defense mechanism—our egos’ way of protecting us from anxiety.
How much more sordid can things get than one MP accusing another of “violating, raping and torturing” children in Westminster, the heart of power itself?
It’s like a twisted movie plot gone wrong with no happy ending, unless, of course, you are one of those who died before prosecution (or Lord Janner, who will not face any charges due to ill health).
There are concerns that the lack of progress in investigations into some of the most startling sexual crimes imaginable is damaging public confidence in the U.K. justice system. As more astonishing revelations emerge, perhaps this explains why we flick the page of our metaphorical newspaper, cry “next,” and carry on sipping our lattes.
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