We should be cautious about accepting the child abuse claims recently proffered against the late Prime Minister Edward Heath. I do not scoff at these allegations; neither do I accept them at face value. At this point, all we can do is take a keen interest in this story
, which raises the disturbing possibility that a British Prime Minister made himself subject to blackmail.
The nephew of vile paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile has claimed his pal was sexually abused by former Tory Prime Minister Ted Heath.
Guy Marsden said his friend was just 14 at the time and the alleged sex attack on him happened at a party in London during the 1970s.
Mr Marsden, 61, said he and three mates, aged between 13 to 16, were ferried across London from flat to flat, where sexual abuse took place.
He claimed police are aware of the allegations by his friend, who wants to remain anonymous because he is now married with two children.
The allegations come as North Yorkshire Police linked Sir Edward with Peter Jaconolli, a suspected paedophile and a friend of sex fiend Savile.
A photo has emerged of Sir Edward shaking hands with Jaconeli, who died in 1999.
At least seven police forces are currently investigating child sex claims against the Sir Edward.
Jaconelli owned an ice cream manufacturing concern and served as the mayor of Scarborough. (Of course, the photo of Heath and Jaconelli proves only that two politicians were in the same place at the same time.) The Scarborough News has printed a defense of Jaconelli
by one TW Ward, although his words aren't likely to make many people have a higher opinion of the man:
We all knew Peter as kids down the bottom end, he was the butt of many a joke, and yes he was a bit tactile, but we kids knew what he was like, and it’s a paranoid few, whose lurid agendas have blurred their thinking to such an extent it’s becoming pathetic, not to mention yawningly boring.
Indeed, he once gave me a lift and put his hand on my knee, but when I made it patently clear to him that I was not interested, he dropped me off, and I profited to the tune of ten bob, which was a lot of money in those days.
And that's the defense
Let's get back to Heath. From the Scottish Daily Mail, we learn about a madam named Myra Ling-Ling Forde
, who was arrested in the 1990s. The charges against her were dropped when she threatened to reveal that she had provided "rent boys" to Heath. This blog
In 1995, Myra was convicted of running a brothel full of underage kids. In 2009 she was once again arrested on suspicion of running a brothel.
Myra’s sister, Mia Pablico, says Myra “knew a lot of politicians”.
Just to make matters supremely frustrating, Myra Forde now takes it all back
But a central plank of the allegations against the former prime minister, who died in 2005, was denied on Wednesday by a former brothel keeper – said to be the original source of claims in the 1990s that Heath abused boys.
On Monday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced it was investigating claims that a trial was halted in the 1990s because it would have resulted in the exposure of the allegations about Heath. The IPCC said the claims originated from a former senior Wiltshire police officer.
But Myra Forde, 67, said on Wednesday she had no knowledge of any misconduct by Heath, and denied threatening to expose him to escape prosecution in the 1990s. A prosecution against Forde was dropped in 1992.
In the 1980’s, Heath was named in a child abuse dossier compiled by former government minister Barbara Castle, which included information on Heath offering weekend trips for boys from Jersey on his yacht.
Police Special Branch officers seized the file from Don Hale, editor of her local paper, the Bury Messenger.
It is believed that Special Branch have been protecting the Westminster child abuse ring.
An American reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman from Newsweek, says she was kicked out of Britain after investigating claims of child abuse by Heath.
On the other hand, we should take note of an important detail revealed here
In September 2013, we were told that "Guy Marsden, 59, is writing a book with broadcaster and author Tony Horne about his disgraced uncle" Jimmy Savile.
"He will claim that Savile had influential members of the British legal system in his back pocket to allow him to act without fear of prosecution.
"And he will also expose Savile’s secret links with members of foreign royal families – suggesting he could have abused countless victims from overseas."
A book deal? That possibility suggests that Marsden may have a financial motive to come up with a sensational story. On the other hand, Marsden is hardly the only person making these allegations.
reports that the child abuse investigators are looking into allegations of murder:
The force has refused to confirm whether Heath features in Operation Midland – its ongoing investigation into claims that three murders were carried out to cover up abuse by a paedophile ring made up of politicians and other high-profile individuals at locations across southern England.
Heath never married. His great rival within the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher, believed him to be gay. However, one Heath confidante came to a rather different conclusion
Sir Timothy Kitson - who was Sir Edward Heath’s Parliamentary Private Secretary - yesterday said there were people who had nothing to do with sex ‘and he was one of them’.
"It is a whole load of rubbish. I don’t believe a word of it. There was no sexuality about Ted at all in any shape or form.
"There are humans who have nothing to do with sex and he was one of them.
“I worked with Ted for 20 years and he never looked at a man or woman - never.”
Of course, a man who takes no interest in either men or women may
have an interest in children.
What to make of all this? At this point, I'm unsure of everything.
Multiple sources are making molestation claims against Heath, and I don't feel comfortable dismissing all of these charges out of hand. Neither can I accept these charges. Each claimant is problematical, and hard evidence is lacking.
It is all too easy to concoct outlandish allegations against a man whose sexuality, or lack thereof, falls outside of our usual categories. It is all too easy for conspiracy buffs to accept sensational-but-unverified claims simply because they buttress a very cynical view of how the world operates.
But it is also
all too easy to wave away these allegations simply because they are difficult to investigate and unpleasant to think about.