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I asked about a woman... he fixed me with his icy stare; COMMENT.

Byline: PAUL ROUTLEDGE MIRROR COLUMNIST

THIS time we have to know the truth. No more whitewash, no more cover-ups, no more Establishment fraud on the public. Just the plain, unvarnished truth about what these politicians got away with while they ruled the roost at Westminster.

The list is getting longer than a page of Hansard: Cyril Smith, the Rochdale Rotter. Peter Morrison, Thatcher's favourite bag carrier. Leon Brittan, the Home Secretary, about whom suspicions lingered for decades.

And now, right to the top - Edward Heath, the Tory Prime Minister whose private life was always off-limits to inquiring journalists. Everybody at Westminster, including me, had heard the rumours swirling round the Premier who had no partner and no obvious interest in either sex.

DIVULGE

It was assumed that he had a deep, dark secret, but in those days you just didn't question.

His name was once romantically attached to a celebrated lady pianist, but when I asked about this story over a political correspondents' dinner at Arundells, his private home in Salisbury Cathedral Close, he gave me a stare that could have frozen the Thames.

All these men are now dead, but their secrets must not be allowed to die with them. There are still people around today who know what went on, and they must be compelled to divulge what they know.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating Wiltshire Police's inadequate handling of the Heath case. I have little faith in the IPCC.

On past performance, they will take years to decide that nobody did anything wrong, or if they did, it's too late to discover the facts.

So, the Goddard inquiry into historical child sex abuse has to gather all the evidence from anyone who knows the truth about these men, and put it into the public domain.

They are not on trial, but their place in history is.

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Date:Aug 4, 2015
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