UK Home Office ‘covered up racism of abuse judge’

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  • darkspilver

    Another month. Another headline. Another frontpage.

    Today it's front page, plus an inside three-page spread

    Problems too for the current chairwoman Alexis Jay - as the article states: "Questions will also be asked of senior inquiry staff, including Alexis Jay, the chairwoman, who failed for months to take unilateral action against Dame Lowell. One senior insider blamed a “culture of secrecy that filtered right through the organisation” under the judge’s leadership, saying that all were complicit in her staying for more than a year. “She behaved like a monstrous tyrant and we were all horrified and saying this can’t be allowed to carry on, but internally we felt paralysed,” the source said."

    Home Office ‘covered up racism of abuse judge’

    Whitehall officials close to Theresa May were accused last night of covering up allegations of misconduct, including racist remarks, made against the judge in charge of Britain’s biggest public inquiry.

    Home Office staff and advisers received warnings about Dame Lowell Goddard’s offensive behaviour in her role as chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) but did not end her “catastrophic” leadership.

    ‘Tantrums and shocking racism’ of inquiry’s dysfunctional dame

    On a summer afternoon this year Dame Lowell Goddard stood at the doorway of her Westminster office and shouted in anger. Unless she got her own way, she is said to have declared, “I’m going to pack my bags, go back to New Zealand and take this inquiry down with me.”

    Officials knew about judge’s erratic conduct

    The home secretary’s claim that Dame Lowell Goddard left the child abuse inquiry because the job was too big and too far from home has been challenged by inquiry insiders who say the Home Office was briefed on serious concerns about the judge.

    May’s fortunes tied to success or failure

    Whether she likes it or not, Mrs May knows that her political fortunes are now inextricably linked to the effort to right historical child sex abuse wrongs.

    Review plagued by lack of honesty and openness

    For almost two months the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been falling apart in public. The Times investigation reveals it has been in a dysfunctional state for more than a year.

    29 September 2016

    Abuse inquiry in tatters after lawyer suspended

    Conflict and division as May’s £100m child sex investigation heads for ‘fiasco’

    The head of the national sex abuse inquiry suspended its top lawyer last night as the £100 million investigation descended into acrimony.

    5 August 2016

    Child abuse inquiry in crisis after judge quits

    £100m review is yet to hear evidence

    Dame Lowell Goddard stepped down within hours of revelations made by The Times that she had spent three months of her first year in the job either on holiday or overseas

    The huge British public inquiry into child abuse was thrown into disarray last night when the judge in charge of it resigned from her post.

    Dame Lowell Goddard stepped down within hours of revelations made by The Times that she had spent three months of her first year in the job either on holiday or overseas, primarily in New Zealand, her home country.

    4 August 2016

    Anger at inquiry judge’s absence

    Child abuse review chief spent three months abroad in her first year

    The judge who is leading Britain’s public inquiry into child abuse spent three months on holiday or abroad during her first year in the job, The Times has learnt.

  • zeb

    "Dysfunctional dame" eh? I think she has just retired to do nothing.

  • slimboyfat

    Who knows, the claims may be true, but coming from an establishment and media populated by proven inveterate liars, how are we supposed to tell? It could just as easily be true that she was uncovering things that many rather not be uncovered.

  • Ruby456

    they should have stuck with Baroness Butler Sloss in the first place. Bringing in someone from a distant country was bound to cause problems. It is understandable that Lowell Goddard has had problems settling in to multicultural life in London. Butler Sloss understands life here much better.edit: most people visiting London are shocked at the number of foreign faces and make some comment about - usually exaggerated - we are quite used to it

    edit: but I wouldn't call those remarks of hers racism - obviously if she said what she did she probably said it as an aside and in private - its a typical kind of remark any feminist would make about the patriarchal nature of some cultures and the desire for teenagers - late 14-16yr olds. mind you this type of desire isn't only to do with Asian men as we find it among Europeans and Americans too - note the scandal to do with certain ones being supplied with young 15yr olds by Angelica Huston

  • Giordano

    After spending time trying to understand what the issues are in this post...... as each source cited ends after a paragraph or two....... plus going on line. I have no idea what the hell this is about!

    Here's what I have.......... a women from New Zealand who doesn't understand British law is a chair women in charge of a pedophile investigation. Then there is something about Asian men.

    You guys in the UK sound as messed up as we are re Trump vs Hillary. Glad to have the company........ as we scratch our collective heads.

    A Baroness and dysfunctional Dame? Sounds like a plot from Game of Thrones!


    Other than the usual, barely concealed, passive-agressive stance, in favor of the WTBTS, I wonder what the point of this post is?


  • darkspilver

    Let's timeline this and compare

    Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

    • 12 November 2012 - Prime Minster Julia Gillard announces Commission
    • 11 January 2013 - Governor-General Quentin Bryce appoints commissioners
    • 16 September 2013 - Start of evidence hearing of first Case Study
    • October 2016 - Commission hears 45th - yes forty-fifth!! - Case Study (The JW's where Case Study 29)

    Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

    • 7 July 2014 - Home Secretary Theresa May announces Inquiry
    • 8 July 2014 - Home Secretary Theresa May appoints Chair
    • October 2016 - 26 months later and still no evidence sessions
  • Giordano
    • October 2016 - 26 months later and still no evidence sessions

    Thank you darkspilver! Very helpful.

  • darkspilver

    Another day, another front cover headline in tomorrow's Times (Saturday 15 October 2016)

    Home Office knew about fears over abuse judge

    Dame Lowell Goddard did quit over allegations

    The home secretary's claim that the head of Britain's sex abuse inquiry resigned because she was homesick was proved wrong last night when the government admitted it was alerted to concers over her "professionalism and competence".

    Responding to revelations yesterday in The Times, the Home Office conceded that Dame Lowell Goddard was forced to resign after senior Whitehall officials were told of allegations about her conduct. (story doesn't appear to be online yet)

    Meanwhile over at tomorrow's Daily Telegraph (Saturday 15 October 2016)....

    Yard refuses to publish damning sex report

    Lord Brittan's widow in battle with Met police chief over demand to release damning child sex abuse inquiry report

    The widow of Lord Brittan is refusing to meet with the country’s most senior police chief until he releases a damning report into a VIP paedophile inquiry.

  • cofty

    I don't know if Dame Lowell Goddard said what is claimed.

    It's ironic though that the sole reason 1,400 children in Rotherham were sexaully abused for years was that social wokers and others were afraid to admit that there was a large pedophile ring who were all Asian/Muslim. Apparently anything is better than being labelled a racist.

    Having said that I do think it is likely that there has historically been abusers in positions of power.

    Butler-Sloss resigned because "her late brother, Sir Michael Havers, was Attorney General at the time of the alleged abuses in the 1980s.

    Sir Michael, father of the actor Nigel Havers, reportedly tried to stop Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens from using parliamentary privilege to name diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile. He was accused of a "whitewash" after failing to prosecute Sir Peter."

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