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Who are these ‘fans’ of sick paedophile Glitter?

SO, THE ‘Leader of the Gang’ Gary Glitter has finally got his comeuppance, having been jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing children under 13 years old. What is unbelievable is that ‘fans’ turned up in fancy dress, in his stage-style outfits, to support the sick 70-year-old as he was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court. They even set up a Facebook page to defend him. Glitter, aka Paul Gadd, has now even asked to be imprisoned alongside other ‘celebrity’ paedophiles.
It is a funny old world we live in and it comes as no surprise that eBay has seen a rise in Gary Glitter collectibles since his sentencing. Included is the Gary Glitter annual 1975 and a signed album Touch Me listed by one of his former roadies. One seller has even taken to eBay to sell newspaper clippings reporting on his sentencing. One cutting from the Daily Telegraph dated February 27, the day he was sent down, is selling for £3.99. Unbelievable.
Jimmy Savile may be dead and gone, but the terrible tales of abuse, which seems to be added to on a weekly basis, will take a long time to fade. The fact that this charity-fundraising DJ duped senior hospital staff into giving him ‘access to all areas’ including mortuaries beggars belief.
THIS NEWS comes hard on the heels of the shocking failings of Rotherham and Oxfordshire social services.
Where were the people who are supposed to protect the vulnerable when all this abuse was going on? It’s not as if people didn’t complain. They did – but their brave outpourings fell on deaf ears. Does it all come down to money at the end of the day? “Jimmy Savile raises a huge amount of money for charity so we’ll turn a blind eye to his sexual preferences”?
You can tell there’s an election just nine weeks away. Teachers, social workers who work with children and councillors could face up to five years in prison if they turn a blind eye to child abuse, under proposals being set out by David Cameron this week.
Cameron said: “Professionals who fail to protect children will be held properly accountable and council bosses who preside over such catastrophic failure will not see rewards for that failure”.
Child sexual abuse is to be upgraded to the status of “a national threat”, so that it is placed on par with serious organised crime by police chiefs. They will be required to cooperate with other police forces throughout the country to safeguard children.
ELECTIONEERING continues apace by all parties, but Labour and the Lib Dems seem to have muddied the waters over the great tuition fees debate. Nick Clegg introduced the controversial £9,000 fee, even when he promised he would never do that. Now, along comes Ed Miliband wanting to reduce the fees. The whole thing is a farce – apparently 73 per cent of students won’t be able to pay their loans back and the outstanding debt will be £330bn by 2044, but they still push on with this mad plan. Just accept the fact that the whole thing was a badly thought out idea, scrap it for good and move on.
MEANWHILE there is some sanity emerging from a Primary 5 class from a school in Scotland. They have posted the following on Facebook:-
“We are a Primary 5 class from Scotland and we have been learning about Internet Safety. Please RT/share our picture to show how far and how quickly something posted online can spread. It would be great if you could mention where you live in the comments.  There are six groups and we are having a competition to see which picture is RT/shared the most and which one makes it furthest around the world”.
In the days of vile internet trolls it is essential that young children understand the enormous power of the internet – both good and bad. Well done that primary school in Scotland.
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Kevan Blackadder

Written by Kevan Blackadder

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.

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