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Corruption in the Kingdom: The institutionalisation of wrongdoers

It is easy to see Jimmy Savile as a lone monster, a one-off, and something truly out of the ordinary. But, really, his years of abusing children without recourse is a shining example of the UK elites ability and willingness to protect one of their own. 

Take Prince Andrew for example, who is currently being hidden away from the public by the Royal Family since his disastrous interview to prevent him from incriminating himself. This hiding from the spotlight highlights their willingness to defend their own regardless of what they may or may not have done. 

Even if he is not found guilty, his continued relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffery Epstein isn’t the disease. It is, in fact, a symptom of something bigger. The institutions of this country are defending the horrid actions of their own, just like how the BBC denied the alligations and rumours surrounding Jimmy Saville.

Jimmy Savile is a key example of how institutions are complicit in the protection of predators and wrongdoers. Savile was given his infamous role Broadmoor because according to a former manager claimed that politicians and civil servants thought he was the “bee’s knees.” This role came with keys to the hospital and living space. He even personally selected managers.

The Dame Janet Smith Review found that senior managers were not told about complaints surrounding Savile because of an “atmosphere of fear” which still exists in the BBC.

A national police organisation, Operation Hydrant, released figures of alleged offenders nationwide. Out of 1,433 offenders, 135 were from the radio, TV or film industry, 76 were politicians, 43 were from the music industry, and seven were from sport. These statistics illustrate the fact that there are people like Savile still out there, and those who fail to speak out are complicit.

What’s obvious is there is a complex web of corruption, which goes to the heart of the UK elite – the purpose of which is to protect at all costs those who are ‘in’. Where the average person will be rightly tried, convicted, and imprisoned when their crime is discovered, this cronyism works to obstruct the judicial system and perform damage control.

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