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British PM warns of gay witch-hunt

2012-11-08 21:16

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Thursday against a "witch-hunt" of gay people after he was given a list of alleged child sex abuse suspects on live television.

On the daytime television show This Morning, presenter Philip Schofield handed Cameron a card with a list of names drawn from internet gossip of figures from the premier's Conservative Party.

Cameron appeared unsettled but took the paper before warning of the risk of speculation about claims that a senior Conservative politician from the 1970s and 1980s was involved in a paedophile ring.

"There is a danger if we are not careful that this can turn into a sort of witch-hunt, particularly about people who are gay," Cameron said on the show on the commercial network ITV.

"And I'm worried about the sort of thing you are doing right now: taking a list of names off the internet.

"If anyone has any information about anyone who's a paedophile, no matter how high up in society they are, that is what the police are for."

Schofield, a former children's television presenter and stage musical star, later apologised for the stunt after it appeared that part of the list would have been visible to viewers of the show.

"If any viewer was able to identify anyone listed, I would like to apologise and stress that was never my intention," Schofield said.

"Unfortunately there may have been a misjudged camera angle for a split second as I showed the prime minister some information I had obtained from the internet."

The government this week announced two separate inquiries into allegations of abuse in children's homes across north Wales after the claims about the politician from former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher's era.

One inquiry will look into the initial police investigation into the allegations, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, while the other will review a judge-led probe into the scandal that was carried out in 2000.

A furore over paedophilia at high levels in the British establishment has raged ever since hundreds of allegations of child sex abuse against late BBC television star Jimmy Savile emerged in recent weeks.

Comments
  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-09 00:27

    Bloody idiot Cameron - why the hell should conservative paedophiles spark a witch-hunt for gay people? It should spark a witch-hunt for conservative paedophiles. I love the way Cameron associates the two, and then pretends he's warning against Others making the association. What an A-grade pri*k.

      Willie Olivier - 2012-11-09 06:11

      that t.v. presenter must be fired immediately! because this sort of thing WILL start a witch-hunt of all gay people!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-09 10:18

      I still fail to see how it should start a witch hunt for gay people. He is implying that people will see all gay people as potential paedophiles and it's well known that many paedophiles, even those who molest boys, are heterosexuals who have a fetish for children rather than homosexuals. Paedophiles are perhaps occasionally homo but the two are by no means linked, and for him to make a statement like this does more to associate the two than it does to dispel this tired, pathetic myth.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-09 08:32

    It would be interesting to see the real statistics regarding how many gay men are know paedophiles one way or the other this would put speculation to rest and end any such argument once and for all!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-09 11:09

      while you're at it, it would be interesting to see how many straight men are paedophiles. The problem with paedophiles is that many of them are only discovered once they are dead and their victims come forward as adults.

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