The SKWAWKBOX has covered at some length the issue of child abuse in Rochdale and the accusations against then-council leader Richard Farnell, who was accused of having direct knowledge of the extensive child abuse taking place at the Knowl View school – and ignoring it, or even worse.
Mr Farnell denied the accusations – including a direct denial to the SKWAWKBOX when we asked him about them – and in turn accused at least one of his accusers, Peter Joinson, of fabricating his testimony for political revenge. Mr Joinson’s response to the inquiry’s counsel was unequivocal:
Mr Farnell’s denials – and the alleged attempts of local councillors and other officials to protect him – caused an implosion in the local Labour Party, with resignations of local officers and a planned revolt to depose him before he eventually resigned.
Now Farnell is facing potential police action after IICSA – the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – concluded in an official report on events in Rochdale that he had lied to them under oath, as BBC News broadcast this evening:
Apparent vindication, then, for those who were accused of lying about the extent of Richard Farnell’s knowledge of events.
And what should be a salutary lesson for mainstream media with a pavlovian reflex to portray entrenched so-called ‘moderate’ councillors as victims when attempts are made to challenge or remove them for the good of local communities and the Labour Party’s reputation.
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