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Baroness has to go; VOICE OF THE SUNDAY PEOPLE.

THE famous and powerful have been letting our children down for too long. They cannot be allowed to get away with it any longer.

Which is why every aspect of David Cameron's inquiries into historic sex abuse must be above reproach.

The initial signs are not promising.

The PM's first mistake was to appoint retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss.

It is not her eminent credentials we question - but the personal baggage she carries with her.

Her brother was the late Lord Havers. He was attorney general between 1979 to 1987 - the very years in which some of the worst cover-ups are alleged to have taken place.

The baroness is a pillar of the Establishment. Yet it is the Establishment which is accused of concealment.

Today we reveal claims Margaret Thatcher covered up abuse allegations against a senior minister.

As Establishment pillars go, they don't get much higher than a Prime Minister.

Innuendo Our confidence in the Baroness is also undermined by claims she kept allegations about a bishop out of a paedophile report to avoid hurting the Church.

That sums up what went wrong. When the most cherished Establishment institutions were involved the Establishment protected its own.

It must not happen again. And that's why she must stand down.

That will give Mr Cameron the opportunity to do what he should have done in the first place - order a proper judge-led public inquiry.

Its terms of reference will have to be carefully considered.

And we accept that natural justice demands some of the evidence be heard behind close doors.

The innocent, who have had their lives blighted by rumour and innuendo, will at last be able to clear their names. And the guilty can be brought to book to give their victims a measure of closure.

Mr Cameron has yet to prove there really has been a change in attitude at the top towards these ghastly crimes.

Only a public inquiry will give the public that confidence.

Anything less will look like another Establishment whitewash.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion; Leading articles
Publication:The People (London, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Jul 13, 2014
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