THERE will be some sweaty palms in the corridors of Westminster and Scotland Yard as the Independent Police Complaints Commission begins its long-overdue investigation into child sex abuse.
No fewer than 14 cases are being investigated, some dating back to the 1990s. It would appear that senior Metropolitan police officers and politicians have been involved in the abuse and in the mother of all cover-ups. The IPCC must carry out a thorough investigation and bring those involved to justice. Sadly, as the allegations date back so long, many of the perpetrators may well have died in the meantime. The only positive is that those still with us will at last be not only named but also shamed.
ELECTIONEERING continues apace with the UKIP leader Nigel Farage offering to get into bed with the Tories. As if that isn’t a horrible thought in itself, he has laid the terms on which he would be prepared to do so.
Nigel Farage says he is willing to do a deal with the Tories on condition that they hold a European Union referendum before Christmas.
The detailed plans for a hung parliament, set out in Nigel Farage’s new book, The Purple Revolution, say that UKIP will work together with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to support the Conservatives on a vote-by-vote basis, as opposed to a formal coalition.
UKIP, forecast to gain as many as six seats in the election, would vote for the Tories’ first budget, which would be the first test for these unlikely bedfellows.
Up until now, Shiny Dave Cameron has insisted that he won’t hold an EU referendum until 2017, but as forecasters predict that neither Labour nor the Tories will have sufficient MPs in the House of Commons to form a government, Nigel Farage is demanding the vote is held by the end of 2015 to get him on side.
He’s even gone so far as to say that he doesn’t want a formal coalition with the Tories because his voters would consider that to be selling out. Really?
SALES of Dolce and Gabbana handbags have fallen off a cliff this week after Stefano Gabbana branded IVF babies synthetic. He has tried to defend himself and his business partner Domenico Dolce on comments he made about gay adoption.
The comments have outraged gay parents Sir Elton John and David Furnish. Sir Elton tweeted “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbanna.” He was quickly backed by other celebs who backed the boycott. Ouch!
PIPPA Middleton was thrust into the media spotlight four years ago, mainly for having a nice bum, and it would now appear that this is where her talents start and finish. Her party book Celebrate! bombed and she has been dropped by her literary agent David Godwin. The columns which rolled in from the likes of the Telegraph, the Spectator and Vanity Fair after the wedding were quickly axed and now she has failed to pull off a TV show with US broadcaster NBC.
Even the Duchess of Pork, as the tabloids labelled her, managed to sell more books than Pippa when she started her writing ‘career’. It’s time for Pippa to stop trading on her royal connections and get a proper job.
Kevan Blackadder is a media consultant who runs Blackadder Media Limited. Kevan was previously editor of the Gloucestershire Echo and assistant editor of the Bristol Post. A Cumbrian who moved to the South West “for a couple of years” in the 1980s, he can’t quite believe he’s been there ever since.