‘Systemic failures’ let priests abuse boys at Fife school


The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard safeguarding measures put in place by the Christian Brothers at St Ninian’s school in Fife fell “well short” of what would be expected today. 

Last year two former teachers were jailed for a total of 15 years after being convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in their care.

Appearing before the inquiry in Edinburgh on behalf of the Christian Brothers, Michael Madigan said the congregation acknowledged with “deepest regret” that children had been abused. 

Mr Madigan said priests had been allowed unaccompanied access to boys despite a warning in the “Chastity” section of a 1946 report which discouraged Brothers from spending time alone with children. 

He said dormitories at the school were often supervised during the night by just one Brother and said the disappearance of log books for the period 1976-83 – when much of the abuse took place – was “mystifying”. 

One priest, now dead, had been removed from the school and later relieved of his vows in the 1960s because he “could not be trusted with children”. 

The inquiry, before Lady Smith, heard that 858 boys passed through the school between 1958 and its closure in 1983.

A total of 35 former pupils came forward with allegations against five members of staff ahead of last year’s trial, but only two men were convicted. 

Former headmaster John Farrell was jailed for five years and Paul Kelly for 10 years for abusing boys aged between 11 and 15 between 1979 and 1983

Mr Madigan said the congregation acknowledged there had been “systemic failures” and had not done enough to protect children. 

He added: “By today’s standards, certainly, we would have fallen well short of what was deemed desirable.” 

Mr Madigan, who was asked by the Christian Brothers to compile a report for the inquiry, said log books detailing physical punishments at St Ninian’s were held in the congregation’s archives in Dublin. 

But he said the records were “scant” for the period 1973-76 and non-existent for the period 1976-83. The inquiry heard a constitution published by the Christian Brothers in 1946 had discouraged priests from spending time alone with children in their care. 

Asked why that was the case, Mr Madigan said: “The risk of temptation to molest the pupils. Unfortunately, a lot of experience would have borne that out.” 

The inquiry continues.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/systemic-failures-let-priests-abuse-boys-at-fife-school-1-4482427      http://archive.is/Eyft7



Scottish Paedophilia: Institutions, Care Homes, Schools & PaedoRings






Child abuse cover up – call youself women? What the politicians don’t say – The Death of Democracy in Scotland



Child abuse cover up – call youself women?

June 14, 2017

 UK Privy Council Members collude to cover up state child abuse in Scotland

When the Scottish Government stated it would set up an inquiry into state child abuse in December 2014  – Nicola Sturgeon then dragged it out – first taking 6 months to appoint a chair of the independent panel – whom 2 religious orders objected to – delaying it further until October 2015.

The independent panel of three people were finally appointed to lead the inquiry,  Professor Michael Lamb, Susan O’Brien QC and Glenn Houston.

Despite Scottish Goverment claims this would be one of the most wide reaching inquiries Scotland has ever seen, by 25th November 2015, survivors accused Hollyrood of now being complicit in the cover up after the inquiry remit was restricted to mainly abuse in residential care – blocking many survivors from giving their testimony in one fell swoop.

The Charity supporting the survivors stating

““This decision resulted in many victims, who had suffered grievous abuse, being excluded from the inquiry. We are of the view that this decision has enabled institutions and organisations, who have covered up criminal activity, to escape public scrutiny, and possible prosecution. The failure to extend the remit of the inquiry has effectively resulted in the Government becoming complicit in a cover-up of abuse.”

And as well as blocking many survivors from giving evidence, survivors soon realised why as it was revealed the Charity spokesperson

“also hit out over what he claimed was the Government’s failure to properly address the issue of compensation payments.

“At meetings with officials about redress, it became clear that they had instructions to shut down any discussions about compensation or interim payments for sick and elderly survivors.

This has caused considerable distress amongst survivors as they feel that they had been failed yet again by the establishment”

Seven months later, in June 2016 we learned

“Professor Michael Lamb resigned from the panel, stating that the inquiry was “doomed” due to government interference.”

“Mr Lamb, who headed a research unit at the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Washington DC for 17 years, said “repeated threats” to the inquiry’s independence had undermined its work and left it “doomed before the first witness has been heard”.

He said the government had delayed or prevented the appointment of members of staff and said the inquiry had to wait for prolonged periods before making key decisions.”

Then just a week later, on the 5th July 2016 we discovered the Chair of the Inquiry, Susan O’Brien had been “asked to go” with a report revealing

“The Scottish Government says she was asked to go after she made “inappropriate comments” during a training session in February. But in her resignation letter, O’Brien insists threats to oust her were being made as early as January.

There are reports that friction was caused by O’Brien’s desire to use junior counsel as opposed to in-house officials to take testimony. Education secretary John Swinney says junior counsel would have cost £100 an hour.”

Susan O’Brian is now suing the Scottish Government for £500,000 as a result with a report revealing fellow panel members opposed this move by the Scottish Government Ministers to effectively sack the independent chair of the inquiry with the report going on to say

“First Minster Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament:

“We don’t accept Professor Lamb’s comments about the independence of the Inquiry.”

The legal papers state:

“She (Ms O’Brien) considered that she had a duty to inform the public that the Inquiry’s independence was being actively undermined by the defenders (Scottish government).”

“Ms O’Brien also argues ministers lacked any legal right to remove her and seeks damages for loss of earnings and damage to her reputation.”

So who made the accusations against Ms O’Brien QC, 11 weeks after she is meant to have overhead O’Brien making so called inappropriate comments – an SNP candidate making money from the inquiry.

“At the centre of the controversy is child abuse expert Claire Fyvie, from the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, which was funded to provide three months of support to those taking evidence. It was Fyvie who overheard O’Brien’s comments and reported them to ministers. Fyvie had been an SNP candidate in the North Lanarkshire council elections.

The third panel member, Glenn Houston, chief executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority of Northern Ireland, who has not resigned, wrote a letter in support of O’Brien.”

The inquiry then “commissioned” Professor Lorraine Radford of the University of Central Lancashire, to undertake a review of evidence of the prevalence of child abuse in Scotland  – who was head of research for children’s charity NSPCC for nearly six years.

The UK Privy Council controls universities too – and NSPCC is the charity accused of exaggeration and fabrication of facts and research as its peculiar brand of anti-parent propaganda to promote itself – using Tory party favourite PR company Saatchi and Saatchi to run expensive NSPCC promotion campaigns. 

With the 2004 story headlined

“A danger to the nation’s children The NSPCC’s new ‘Someone To Turn To’ campaign will poison family relations, says the author of Paranoid Parenting”.

Weeks after the chair of the inquiry was pushed out by the Scottish Government Nicola took the opportunity to appoint a “judge”, Lady Anne Smith  to “head the inquiry” as the new Chairwoman.

While John Swinney claimed

“It is in the nature of Lady Smith’s background as an experienced judge that the inquiry will be taken forward without fear or favour to identify how individuals and institutions failed many of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.”

Now we are told judges are independent of government, politicians and political parties.

What Nicola, Lady Smith and John Swinney did NOT say is that Lady Smith is in the UK Privy Council for life with Nicola Sturgeon – where they both swear an oath of secrecy to become members – to keep all state secrets together for life.

Does this include blocking state secrets about state child abuse?

Lady Smith soon showed her intentions as to survivors horror in January 2017 they found out under Lady Smith’s chairmanship the inquiry had now decided

“that if any perpetrator of abuse were mentioned in evidence, he or she would be informed.”

Not only would those who stand accused of abuse be told – Lady Smith decided all the alleged abusers would be given a list of names of every survivor who pointed the finger at them for what they had done.

The BBC adding

“The charity said this could deter many survivors from coming forward – so it was vital that they had access to legal advice to support them in giving evidence.”

On 20th February 2017 BBC revealed the inquiry had moved to block 1,058 survivors getting the legal assistance, financial support required to give evidence and to deny them the ability to cross-examine witnesses.

Lady Smith achieved this by refusing to give the Charity, Wellbeing Scotland, offiicial status despite the charity supporting 1,058 survivors and is

“the largest organisation in Scotland specialising in historical child abuse cases so it was imperative that it could give evidence to the inquiry”

with the BBS stating the inquiry (Lady Smith) felt

“the organisation did not meet the criteria to play a significant role.”

This after the Scottish Government, in August 2016, refusing to provide the charities supporting the victims with £13.5 million in funding required and meant to provide further support to survivors over 5 years.

Instead the Scottish Government set up their own survivor support service to get the money instead and then

“asked for information about their cases to be transferred to a new support service for abuse survivors.

The clients of Open Secret” (now Wellbeing Scotland) “and the In Care Survivor Service say the move risk breaching their confidentiality, despite the fact that the government says data will by anonymous.”

This move a blatant attempt for the Scottish Government to get their hands on all the victims files and their personal details. 

Would Lady Smith provide those details to those who standaccused too – before the victims have a chance to give evidence to the inquiry?

This move forced Wellbeing Scotland, to block the Scottish Government “request to work with the new initiative” (as planned?) as the Scottish government claimed their new

“In Care Survivor Support Fund Service” funded with £13.5m over 5 years

“aims to direct people to the help they need, and could send them back to Open Secret, which would be paid for each case they take on.”

“But the charity’s chief executive Janine Rennie said she would rather shut than risk the privacy of clients.”The Scottish Government has asked for details of vulnerable survivors to help them “transition” to a new service. We have said under no circumstances will we be passing on any confidential information, even if that means our service comes to an end,” she said.”

The day before a report revealed

“Civil servants have told the charity running In Care Survivors Service Scotland that funding could be at risk if it refuses to hand over details of its work.

Some abuse survivors say there could be suicides if the counselling service, which has been run by Falkirk-based charity Open Secret since 2008, is stopped.

It has worked with more than 1000 people who suffered sexual or physical abuse, or both, while in care, and offers one-to-one counselling, group work, befriending and advocacy.

The Scottish Government provides £200,000 of funding per year.”

Not long after the Scottish Government removed the funding to bankrupt the charity so survivors of state child abuse would be left with no support.

Then on 21st Feb 2017, the day after we learned the Charity supporting the victims was being blocked by Lady Smith – the last remaining independent panel member announced he had been given two public sector jobs and he resigned to go collect the money from two public sector jobs, where he said

” a “change in priorities” in his working life meant he had applied for positions at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Disclosure and Barring Service.”

“I have now been successful in those applications and the appointments have been made”

With the BBC revealing

“A successor to Mr Houston will not be appointed to the inquiry so Lady Smith will continue as the sole panel member.

The Scottish government said this brought it in line with other public inquiries established in Scotland under the 2005 Inquiries Act.

All this has ensured this leaves Nicola Sturgeon’s fellow UK privy councillor for life in sole charge of the four year Inquiry.

When the state defendant interferes with due process to remove independent panel members to replace them with a hand picked Judge with a conflict of interest with Nicola Sturgeon – both sworn to keep state secrets together – this is not an independent inquiry but a blatant cover up as survivors tried to warn – and a blatant abuse of position and power by Sturgeon, Swinney and Smith.

But the story does not end there as abuse survivors are being told the state and the residential institutions have lost their files or there is no record of them being in care at all.

Well I say – time for the survivors to pick women they know and can trust and the Scottish Nation demands survivors and a team of volunteer women are given complete access to all files and archives of the state, councils, social work and these residential institutions – and I bet we will find those so called missing files.

And as for Sturgeon abusing her power to order civil servants to remove the funding from the charity supporting 1,058 survivors – in a blatant attempt to get her hands on all the victims files – that alone should be cause for a police inquiry – tampering with an inquiry and a jail term.

What sort of women are Sturgeon and Smith – the sort of women the Royal family want in their UK Privy Council for life – just as they wanted Thatcher and May. cached  

SOURCE http://www.whatthepoliticiansdontsay.com/single-post/2017/06/14/Child-abuse-cover-up—call-youself-women 

For some reason I couldn’t archive it or turn it into a PDF. So, instead I did so using the cached page



Child Protection Officers *FAILED* – Liam Fee case review finds ‘MISSED OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS SERVICES’


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4621904/Officers-missed-opportunities-protect-Liam-Fee.html  http://archive.is/Mpkqg

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/national/article/Liam-Fee-death-case-review-finds-missed-opportunities-across-services-89fe3d07-e93f-4c5f-b2bc-ef8555017a15-ds  http://archive.is/dpOnL


  1. Fife Social Worker Lesley Bate STRUCK OFF https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/08/23/liam-fee-social-worker-wtf/
  2. The Torturous, EVIL Murder Of Liam Fee  https://spidercatweb.blog/2015/11/02/the-murder-of-liam-fee-fife/
  3. Liam Fee MURDERERS JAILED!! MUM 23.5 YEARS & HER PARTNER 24 YEARS https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/liamfee-murderers-jailed-mum-23-5-years-her-partner-24-years/
  4. Daily Account Of Liam Fee Murder Trial https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/04/12/liam-fee-murder-trial-fife/
  5. Liam Fee Murder Trial Day 33+1: Whistleblower Had Gut-Wrenching Feeling https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/liam-fee-murder/
  6. Council had chance to save #LiamFee just 24hrs before tragic tot died https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/06/14/council-had-chance-to-save-liamfee-just-24hrs-before-tragic-tot-died-no2np/
  7. Fifers outraged to learn Liam Fee killers returned to Glenrothes https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/10/05/fifers-outraged-to-learn-liam-fee-killers-returned-to-glenrothes/
  8. Sturgeon warns opponents over #LiamFee ‘named person’ EXCEPT IT’S NOT JUST LIAM https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/06/01/sturgeon-warns-opponents-over-liamfee-named-person-except-its-not-just-liam-no2np/
  9. Social work at ‘tipping point’ in wake of Liam Fee murder sentencing https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/07/08/social-work-at-tipping-point-in-wake-of-liam-fee-murder-sentencing/
  10. MASOCHA, SCOTT, MIKAEEL, LIAM, SHEKU & KIRKCALDY  https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/the-pastor-masocha-and-murder/
  11. R.I.P Wee Hayley.. Fife mourns loss of murdered 5 month old  https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/r-i-p-wee-hayley-fife-mourns-loss-of-murdered-5-month-old/

When The State Ignores Narcissism https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/when-state-ignores-narcissism-liamfee/



  1. Madison Horn              FIFE        04/2014
  2. Hayley Davidson         FIFE         02/2016
  3. Liam Fee                        FIFE        03/2014
  4. Scott Chirashi               FIFE        12/2014
  5. Mikaeel Kular               FIFE        01/2014
  6. Zaiidyn Burke               FIFE        10/2012
  7. Daniel Perry                 FIFE         07/2013 (Supposedly suicide but links to paedophilia)
  8. INAYAH AHMED          CNTRL     05/2016
  9. Isabelle Cowley            HLND      07/2011
  10. Clyde Campbell            HLND      02/2015 (neglected & died, NOT murder)

Scotland’s children are Scotland’s future

UK Privy Council Members Collude To Cover Up State Child Abuse In Scotland.

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Biggest schools shake up in 50 years as Swinney hands control to teachers















Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry {regularly updated}

2nd JUNE 2017


31 March 2017

Opening submissions PDF Transcript HERE or HERE


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CALENDAR https://www.childabuseinquiry.scot/hearings/hearings-calendar/  https://archive.is/submit/

Inquiry Hearings – Phase 1 May to July 2017

Week 1: (31 May – 2 June)

Opening statements Expert witnesses:

  • • The legislative and regulatory framework governing children in care in Scotland up to 1968
  • The early development of care services in Scotland
  • Societal attitudes towards children
  • The nature and prevalence of child abuse in Scotland

Week 2: (6 – 9 June)


  • The State’s areas of responsibility for children in residential and foster care in Scotland.
  • The relationship between the Bishops Conference and the Conference of Religious and religious orders and role in the provision of residential care

Week 3: (13-16 June)

History and governance of religious institutions:

  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul
  • Sisters of Nazareth
  • Good Shepherd Sisters
  • De La Salle Brothers

Week 4: (20 – 23 June)

History and governance of religious institutions:

  • Christian Brothers
  • Marist Brothers
  • Benedictines
  • Church of Scotland / CrossReach Page 1 of 2 A17562325 Version 1.0

Week 5: (27 – 30 June)

History and governance of major care providers:

  • Quarriers
  • Barnardo’s
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust

Week 6: (4 – 6 July)

Establishment and work of survivor groups:

  • In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS)
  • Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers Homes (FBGA)
  • Campaigning for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Week 7: (11-12 July)

Closing submissions

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FRESH START FOUNDATION http://www.freshstartfoundation.co.uk/scottish-child-abuse-inquiry-hears-apologies-deplorable-attacks/

Watchdog is accused of failing victim of child abuse #CSA #Scotland


SCOTLAND’S social care watchdog has been accused of failing a victim of historic child abuse amid weak attempts to investigate his case.

When 48-year-old Richard Tracey asked the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to take action against the worker who left him to be abused in care 35 years ago, it deliberated for a year before telling him it would not act against the man – who is still working.

The SSSC said it would not only have to prove Hugh Quinn did not protect Mr Tracey, but also that his actions “fell short of the standard expected” of social workers at the time.

The Dundee-based watchdog said:

“We have been unable to obtain any polices or procedures that were in place at Strathclyde Regional Council during the period in question.”

However, research by The Herald has found otherwise.

A phone call and visit to the City Archives at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, were all it took to view a series of documents setting out the standards required of social work in the 1970s and 1980s.


Mr Tracey said he and other abuse survivors had been routinely misled and deceived by public bodies.

“The SSSC should be hanging their heads in shame that you were able to find so quickly what they didn’t want to find,” he said.

Former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, MSP, who is familiar with Mr Tracey’s case, said the SSSC had failed to do the basics.

“They don’t appear to have looked at the evidence,” she said.

“Their response feels dismissive as if they have put this in a box marked ‘too hard’. But if it is not their job, then whose is it?”


Dropping Mr Tracey’s complaint, earlier this month, SSSC solicitor Iain Martin said:

“We are unable to prove what standard Mr Quinn should have met and cannot establish that any action he did take… fell below what any other social worker might have done in the same situation.”

But Strathclyde Regional Council’s social work policies manual for 1977 was current in the early 1980s when his social work records note Mr Tracey was being “leathered” and regularly beaten by his foster father, running away from home and regularly expressing distress.

It states that if children suffer non-accidental injury social workers must interview their parents or other carers, visit the child and record any injuries, and ensure they are checked over at hospital if necessary.

They should consider whether the child needs to be taken to a place of safety and, if the child is still in the family home, decide whether it is safe for the child to remain there.

Another document

“Child abuse – The manual of procedures for staff in the social work department, Strathclyde Regional Council”

was published in March 1983, when Mr Tracey was regularly running away and cutting himself because he was unhappy at home.

The council’s policies set out rules in cases where child abuse is suspected, such as the need to consider a place of safety order, alerting the police and the need for a child abuse case conference.

The document explicitly reminds social workers:

“It must be remembered that child abuse can occur not only to children in their own homes but also… in substitute care.

“The same degree of diligence must be applied in all cases.”

It says any deviation from the guidelines must be justified fully and countersigned by a senior manager. Many of these rules appear to have been regularly ignored in Mr Tracey’s case.

An SSSC spokesperson said the earliest child abuse procedures it had been able to obtain were for 1989.

“We were advised that this was the earliest version available. We were not aware that the documents were in the Mitchell Library archive and will now take steps to recover and review them.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15302331.Watchdog_is_accused_of_failing_victim_of_child_abuse/  https://archive.is/lcJgb

Scottish CSA survivors want own inquiry after being REPEATEDLY let down by ScotGov. #FreshStartFoundation


Survivors are planning to hold their own independent inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland.

Some victims’ groups have lost faith in the Scottish Government ’s under-fire probe and held a summit in Perth yesterday to discuss staging their own inquiry.

Andy Peacher of the Fresh Start Foundation, set up to help child sex abuse victims achieve justice, said:

“Many survivors want to give evidence but are scared – there is a lack of confidence in the system. How can the inquiry claim to be independent when it’s government funded?  We want to get all survivors together and launch our own, fully independent inquiry.”

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has already cost over £3million and is due to begin hearing testimony this month. But it has been beset with problems, with three of the original four-person committee resigning.

It is now being led solely by supreme court judge, Lady Anne Smith.

A spokesman for the SCAI stressed it was independent of the Scottish Government.

He added: “The inquiry is committed to ensuring that the experiences of survivors are central to its work.”

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/victims-historic-child-abuse-scotland-10350757  https://archive.is/YQyAN



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SNP: Another chance to make the case for independence?

About the Author: Robbie Summers is an Account Executive at Portland and was a contributor to the BBC’s general election coverage in 2015.

18 APRIL 2017

The political landscape in Scotland is unlikely to shift significantly in June, with the SNP confident of another strong showing.

The party continues to poll well ahead of any other at around 45%. With the first-past-the-post electoral system, the SNP will be confident of retaining most, although not all, of its seats at Westminster. With Nicola Sturgeon currently polling as the most popular politician in Scotland she is again likely to feature at the centre of the SNP’s campaign, despite not standing for election.

Party officials are also confident that the campaign machine, and its membership base of over 100,000 people, will be able to move seamlessly from the local election campaigns to a general election campaign.

While the SNP will likely lose a small handful of seats in June, the party could welcome the opportunity to rid itself of scandal-stricken MPs Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thomson, both of whom were suspended from the Party whip shortly after their election in 2015, and will be ineligible for selection in 2017.

The Conservatives will be hoping to build on their successes at the Scottish Parliament elections, and are likely to pick up a small handful of seats, particularly in the Borders and the north east. The big question for the Conservatives in Scotland will be whether Ruth Davidson decides to stand. However with an independence referendum potentially on the horizon, she may feel Holyrood is the best place for her to make a case for the union.


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‘UNACCEPTABLE’ legal delays in Scotland Child Abuse Scandal Investigation

    Child protection:  Shocking facts you need to know



APRIL 23rd 2017

Although detectives have reported 27 suspects to the Crown Office, only one man has been named as part of the massive investigation into child sexual exploitation which ended more than two years ago.

Some of the victims were as young as 10 and all of them were vulnerable young girls, with many of them living in care homes in and around Glasgow.

Failed Afghan asylum seeker Javaid Akhond is the only named individual to face justice as a result of Operation Dash. He was 20 when he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2014 for the rape and sexual abuse of children as young as 12.

Following repeated requests to Police Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), this newspaper has learned there have four convictions in total.

Why did they get it so wrong? It’s unacceptable.

Sarah Champion

However, only two abusers have been given custodial sentences and the other three individuals have not been identified while the details of their crimes remain unknown.

A police investigation named Operation Cotswold was launched in 2011 to investigate child grooming gangs in Glasgow, before it was expanded and renamed Dash two years later. It eventually involved 12 council and health board areas across the west of Scotland and finally came to an end in February 2015.

Both probes centred on ethnic minority men targeting youngsters in and around Glasgow, especially in care homes in the north of the city, and identified between 100 and 140 potential victims.

Rotherham victim on moving forward after being abused

However, six years after the probe began most of the suspects are still thought to be at large in the city and many of the children involved are still awaiting justice.

An earlier attempt to prosecute “several men” over the abuse of 26 children under Operation Cotswold failed after the young victims who had absconded from children’s homes were “reluctant” to cooperate with the police.

The delay is in stark contrast with similar cases south of the Border, where grooming gangs in Rotherham, Rochdale, Manchester, Oxford, Derbyshire and elsewhere have been brought to justice in as little as three years.

The shocking picture began to emerge in 2012, when the Rotherham abuse scandal revealed that sexual abuse of vulnerable white girls by Asian men in the Yorkshire town had been much more widespread than previously thought, partly due to the authorities’ fear of being seen as racist.

Similar stories followed across the UK, including in Glasgow where a report two years ago revealed that sexual abuse by grooming gangs was encountered as part of “day to day practice”.


The delay contrasts to the swift justice of the Rotheram abuse scandal
Last night, Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham who founded the Dare2Care child abuse campaign, admitted the apparent lack of action north of the Border was “odd”.

She added: “From my experience and talking to people from all over Britain, this crime is going on in every town and in every city.

“The numbers of both suspects and victims is not a surprise to me. What I’m surprised about, however, is that you haven’t had many prosecutions based on that. If they have identified these 27 people but nothing came of it, why did they get it so wrong? It’s unacceptable.”

Graeme Pearson, the former Labour MSP and ex-director general of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, agreed that the lack of progress was disturbing.

He added: “I am surprised that a number of cases has not already been dealt with by the courts in the intervening period and disappointed that the COPFS are unable to give out a fuller account of what happened with the result of the operation.”


A Care Inspectorate report published in January states that 139 potential victims were identified over the course of Operation Dash.

Glasgow City Council also received an update from the city’s Social Work Services and Police Scotland last September.

It said: “Glasgow had 84 children and young people identified in the operation, ranging in ages, the youngest being 10 years old and the oldest being 21 years of age. The majority of children were known to services and had active social work involvement, although there were a small number of children who were not known and who were the victims of serious sexual crimes perpetrated by adult males.

“The police investigation resulted in a total of 28 reports submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in relation to 27 individuals across the investigation. All of these individuals were male and overall the majority of suspects were assessed to be 16 to 25 years of age. Glasgow had 14 suspects who were known to Glasgow Social Work Services. There are still Court proceedings ongoing relative to Operation Dash.”

Detective Superintendent Elaine Galbraith, Police Scotland’s Child Protection lead, said Operation Dash was a multi-agency response to identify children and young people who may be at risk of sexual exploitation and offer protection, support and help.


Despite 27 people being investigated, only one has been named so far
She added: “Through the lifetime of the operation, there were occasions where evidence of criminality was identified resulting in a number of separate criminal investigations into a potential offender or offenders under the auspices of Operation Dash.

“Where there was sufficient evidence to arrest and charge an individual or individuals a report was submitted to Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for consideration of prosecution. Such investigations were undertaken by the Operation Dash enquiry team until such a point that all of the original information had been subject of multi agency assessment and there were no further lines of enquiry.

“This resulted in a number of individuals being reported to COPFS throughout the duration of the investigation.”

A spokesman for COPFS said: “As a result of the operation four men were convicted in separate cases and two of those received custodial sentences.

“Tackling such abuse has always been and will continue to be a high priority for COPFS and we have specialist prosecutors and a dedicated National Sexual Crimes Unit which has helped to give more complainers the confidence to come forward.”


http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/795387/unacceptable-legal-delays-ethnic-minority-abuse-investigation-scotland  https://archive.is/WgKZT



#Highland family braced for deportation. (Oi Saint Nic, that no yer cue to come save the day?)


A heartbroken family will be removed from their Highland home, put in taxis bound for an airport and deported in a fortnight’s time.

Canadian family the Zielsdorfs, who invested £300,000 in Laggan Stores and a cafe and holiday-let business, fought a long legal battle in an effort to remain in Scotland – but have now reluctantly accepted their fate.

Father-of-five Jason Zielsdorf, whose ancestors hailed from Sutherland, yesterday spoke of his sadness, saying he felt “dehumanised” by the experience.

He has opted not to resort to even more lengthy and costly human rights legislation.

He said: “We came back to reconnect with roots, to give, to invest and to appreciate the culture – not to sponge. We put £300,000 into the place and they’re not even letting us realise that on our way out. All our assets are in this building. I’ll miss the place terribly, we’ve been well received.”

He said the authorities had confiscated their driving licences and would “put us in taxis to the airport.”

Mr Zielsdorf’s attempt to renew a business visa was rejected in 2015. He was previously on a student and then post-study work visa and believed his application, backed by 67 letters of support from locals, had a strong chance of approval. A second unsuccessful attempt followed.

He and his wife Christy later received confirmation that they had no legal recourse to stay. They agreed to leave and were granted a few months to tie up their affairs but have, so far, been unable to sell the shop, which featured in the series Monarch of the Glen.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “All visa applications are carefully considered on their individual merits in line with immigration rules and based on evidence provided by the applicant.”

Former prime minister David Cameron had pledged to look into the case, insisting he would make sure the Home Office examined it “urgently.”

Local MP Drew Hendry, who had intervened on the family’s behalf, said: “It’s devastating that despite every possible effort, they’ve been forced from their home, their friends and a place that they have long called home. Despite complying at every turn, they’ve been treated with utter contempt by the Home Office and increasingly right wing Tory government. They will be missed dearly and I share the community’s anger that this government’s draconian immigration policy has defied logic.”

Laggan Stores became known to millions as McKechnie’s in the BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1224752/family-braced-for-deportation/  https://archive.is/mzIMc

Right, am sorry, but I don’t understand.. I mean, the SNP “DON’T INTERVENE IN INDIVIDUAL CASES”

So, wi that in mind… WTF YOU DOIN DREW?

Do you not know the SNP NEVER INTERVENES when it comes to INDIVIDUAL CASES

Nicola Sturgeon HERSELF said so! LOOK……

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that it would be “entirely wrong” for politicians to intervene on individual cases  SOURCE

& when Police Scotland MURDERED Sheku Bayoh  his family BEGGED HER to intervene,   & did she??    HELL  NO    


But i must say in your defence Drew,  your confusion becomes a lot more understandable when the fact that NICOLA STURGEON IS A BARE FACED FUKIN LIAR is taken in to account.

& to prove it, here is a couple of examples of  INDIVIDUAL CASES where Fish Face DID INTERVENE

(Please note NONE of them are Scots)

1..   1st Aug 2016 – AUSTRALIAN Brain Family  “First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who personally appealed to the British government on their behalf ”  SOURCE  archive

2..   10th Feb 2017 – Inverness couple’s deportation fight wins backing from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.. AMERICAN  Russell Felber said of the First Minister’s intervention: “It’s great. It’s very encouraging at this stage.”  SOURCE   archive

But it aint just Fish Face..  Her Mental Mentor was at it too! 

3..  17th Jan 2010  FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has been criticised after it emerged he lobbied for an illegal worker, wanted by police, to stay in Scotland. Mr Salmond wrote to the Home Secretary last month asking for the CHINESE man to be given indefinite leave to remain in the country, it was reported yesterday.  SOURCE  archive

So,  its looking good for the Canadian Zielsdorf family! The SNP BEND OVER BACKWARDS to help immigrants. EVEN THOSE THAT ARE ILLEGAL & HAVE A DRUG CONVICTION!! 

It’s just a shame they REFUSE POINT BLANK to help any Scots..  Aint that true Fish Face? & now am starting to think you have a problem wi Scots! 





THE VAST MAJORITY OF SURVIVORS INVOLVED IN THE CSA WHITEWASH ARE SCOTS  (oops. I meant inquiry. Predictive text is a scunner) 

But did you even bother yer fukin arse to lift one o yer scaly Fish Fingers to help ANY of them?

DID YOU DICKIE.  Although, I suppose you could say that you did in fact intervene.

Cause sweetheart, YOU DELIBERATELY HINDERED their cases didn’t you?! 





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Did Terry May & Fish Face have a meeting in a cupboard?

links are in BLUE archived in ORANGE my opinion in PURPLE & all else quoted from source

27 March 2017


The PM was all about the power-posing, sitting squarely in her seat and splaying to suggest status, with her legs uncrossed and both elbows on the arms of her chair. Nicola Sturgeon crossing her leg away from May suggested a desire to make an escape and although she placed one elbow on the arm of the chair closest to the Prime Minister, which is an act of appeasement that suggests she is still keen to listen to the Tory leader.

Theresa May flatly dismissed Nicola Sturgeon’s incendiary demands for a fresh independence referendum today as the leaders held frost Brexit talks.

After the tense talks broke up, Miss Sturgeon said the meeting was ‘business like’ but ‘cordial’.  

While a beaming Miss Sturgeon left by the front exit of the hotel afterwards, Mrs May slipped out by the back door for an immediate return to London.

Just days before Brexit is formally triggered, the PM and the First Minister held a crucial showdown in Glasgow‘s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

bv.pngDespite slightly awkward smiles for the sole photographer allowed in for the start of the hour-long meeting, the sparks are thought to have flown in private after a bitter slanging match over recent weeks. 

Unusually there was no on-camera handshake – a routine pleasantry at most encounters between dignitaries – and body language analyst Judi James cast an eye over the proceedings for MailOnline.

The PM was all about the power-posing, sitting squarely in her seat and splaying to suggest status, with her legs uncrossed and both elbows on the arms of her chair. Nicola Sturgeon crossing her leg away from May suggested a desire to make an escape and although she placed one elbow on the arm of the chair closest to the Prime Minister, which is an act of appeasement that suggests she is still keen to listen to the Tory leader.

At one point both women used a hand clasp that involved meshed fingers but whereas May's fingers were held almost straight, showing a lack of tension, Sturgeon's were bent tight, showing the amount of effort she was putting into the 'smile and wave' poses The Prime Minister and First Minister both arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow for their talks this afternoon as Mrs May completed as the final stop on her pre-Article 50 tour.

At one point both women used a hand clasp that involved meshed fingers but whereas May’s fingers were held almost straight, showing a lack of tension, Sturgeon’s were bent tight, showing the amount of effort she was putting into the ‘smile and wave’ poses 

Unlike May’s quasi-submissive rituals the first time they met, when she allowed Sturgeon to look very much the host and the person in charge, this time the PM was all about the power-posing, sitting squarely in her seat and splaying to suggest status, with her legs uncrossed and both elbows on the arms of her chair. While Sturgeon was pursed and crossed May’s pose was all about confidence and power.

Her smiles held a hint of genuine, relaxed humour that gave her a sense of parental authority

After Trump’s sulky teenager put-down of Angela Merkel in The Oval Office, this polite, smiling and even – at times – heavily mirrored body language performance between May and Sturgeon should have been signaling that these two alpha females had a grudging soft-spot for one another despite their political animosity. 

Unlike May's quasi-submissive rituals the first time they met, when she allowed Sturgeon to look very much the host and the person in charge, this time the PM was all about the power-posing, sitting squarely in her seat and splaying to suggest status, with her legs uncrossed and both elbows on the arms of her chair. While Sturgeon was pursed and crossed May's pose was all about confidence and power. Her smiles held a hint of genuine, relaxed humour that gave her a sense of parental authority However, frosty best describes it, as – although not quite Bette Davis and Joan Crawford at loggerheads – these tight smiles and vacant stares were certainly reminiscent of Mapp and Lucia at their warring best.

Miss Sturgeon was still smiling as she left the Crowne Plaza by the front exit after the meeting in Glasgow. Mrs May is thought to have been slipped out by the back door

Last time May and Sturgeon met it was all about the handshake. 

May performed a lowering ritual to suggest a desire to bond and although Sturgeon appeared to have her in a vice-like grip both women’s smiles suggested they were prepared to put any power-play nonsense to one side and get down to some even-handed debate and discussion.

A few weeks down the line though and they look well past the stage of pretending to be chums. 

With their chairs turned in towards one another and down the window end of a rather narrow room they were forced into adopting similar poses on their chairs, although intrinsically their subtler signals couldn’t have been more different.

A smiling Sturgeon looked tense and rather anxious. 

Crossing her leg away from May suggested a desire to make an escape and although she placed one elbow on the arm of the chair closest to the Prime Minister, which is an act of appeasement that suggests she is still keen to listen to the Tory leader.

Her smile ranged from a tiny, tense mouth-pucker with an oddly raised chin that suggested indignation or frustration to a wider but very rigid performed smile that looked frosty and lacking in genuine warmth.

At one point, Mrs May gazed out of the window of the cramped hotel room meeting in Glasgow 

Unlike May’s quasi-submissive rituals the first time they met, when she allowed Sturgeon to look very much the host and the person in charge, this time the PM was all about the power-posing, sitting squarely in her seat and splaying to suggest status, with her legs uncrossed and both elbows on the arms of her chair. 

While Sturgeon was pursed and crossed May’s pose was all about confidence and power. 

Her smiles held a hint of genuine, relaxed humour that gave her a sense of parental authority.

At one point, Mrs May gazed out of the window of the cramped hotel room meeting in Glasgow 

The talks between the leaders today are being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow

While both women looked superficially mirrored which can suggest like-mindedness the underlying signals suggest the opposite. 

The talks between the leaders today are being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in GlasgowAt one point both women used a hand clasp that involved meshed fingers but whereas May’s fingers were held almost straight, showing a lack of tension, Sturgeon’s were bent tight, showing the amount of effort she was putting into the ‘smile and wave’ poses.

The lack of a handshake said it all, really. 

The shake is the classic sign of rapport and a desire for co-operation but it seems neither woman was keen to perform the ritual if their heart wasn’t in it. 

Fortunately there was none of the nonsense poor Angela had to go through with Trump where she found herself asking for a shake while he ignored and rejected her. 

May and Sturgeon did no dithering about or sideways glances to suggest a shake might have been on the cards at all, hinting they’d already agreed off-stage to scrap that particular ritual.

Once the cameras pulled back both women dropped the rigid smiles and May’s hands appeared to droop. 

And then came the frostiest moment of all. 

While Sturgeon sat with her pursed smile, and during the kind of moment when you could expect to see the women chatting, May appeared to turn behind Sturgeon and stare out the window almost as though Sturgeon wasn’t there, smiling all the time just in case she looked anything other than polite.

The act of ignoring her must have felt even more chilly in their confined space. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4354524/Body-language-expert-PM-Nicola-Sturgeon-s-meet.html  https://archive.is/41Jzq


The followin alarm bell inducing words appear repeatedly through the article!

R I T U A L is used 5 TIMES

H A N D S H A K E  is used 3 TIMES

H A N D  is used ANOTHER 5 TIMES


Their meeting was in the  C R O W N E   P L A Z A   H O T E L. Nice place.

So why’s the (supposedly) two MOST IMPORTANT WOMEN in the UK holding a meeting in what can only be described as a cupboard with a view?

According to the Crowne Plaza website they have 14 meeting rooms!! And VERY NICE they look too!!  See for yersel 

So were ALL 14 rooms in use? Really? On a random Monday in March? Emm, ok then!!

Actually the entire place looks lovely. It certainly doesn’t appear the type o hotel that would have MANKY carpets BEFORE the season has even started!! I know for a fact that any halfway decent Hotel does a huge spring clean in the winter & it ALWAYS includes getting ALL the carpets cleaned.  So it is highly unlikely the Crowne Plaza just didn’t bother. It’s a 4 star hotel!!

But THAT was the room they chose to put the First Minister & The Prime Minister in?? Was there NOWHERE else? They put them in THAT room, KNOWING who they were & KNOWING there would be some sort of coverage from either a TV or MSM reporters or even both?!!

& they didn’t gi the carpet the once over??

That just doesn’t make sense. 

Crowne Plaza WIKI  


I have had a close look at the pics taken by the ONE AND ONLY photographer.. I know what i think, & i’ve pointed out some obvious errors in the first couple, the rest, do yersel!!





Construction of the building’s superstructure began in 1988, its construction featuring prominently across the Clyde from the Glasgow Garden Festival of that year. It opened the following year as the Forum Hotel, and later came under the ownership of Queens Moat Houses where it was renamed the Glasgow Moat House International, which was later shorterned to Glasgow Moat House.

In 2005, Queens Moat Houses entered into a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group to operate the hotel as a Crowne Plaza hotelQueens Moat Houses plc was a British public limited company engaged primarily in the hotel business. It came to public attention after the suspension of its shares on 31 March 1993 consequent upon significant financial difficulties which precipitated a spectacular collapse. The company was subsequently investigated under Section 432(2) of the Companies Act 1985. Queens Moat Houses was bought by Goldman Sachs in August 2005. The company was then renamed QMH Limited.

The remaining 18 UK hotels, operated by QMH UK Limited (formerly Queens Moat Houses UK Limited), are either operated under franchise agreements with InterContinental Hotels Group – 12 Holiday Inn and 3 Crowne Plaza hotels, or are members of the Best Western consortium – 3 Best Western Moat House Hotels.ytytyt.pnghttp://hospitalitytechnology.edgl.com/news/Hotelbeds,-IHG-Announce-Partnership109243

3 MAR 2017   Tory candidate dies while attending party’s Scottish conference in Glasgow Marjory Borthwick, 61, took ill suddenly during a dinner being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel last night.  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tory-candidate-dies-attending-partys-9958428

9 Jul 2015  Scotland’s LGBTQI community to have annual awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel   https://www.commonspace.scot/node/1852

Out the window you can see what is known as the Squinty Bridge but apparently it’s “real” name is the  CLYDE ARC   map



  • DATE        18th sept    18= 9+9    sept = 9     9 9 9 
  • YEAR        200  –  6      
  • SPANS      96 m    9 6  =  696 
  • WIDTH     22 meters

Nothing Masonic there then!   A R C   as in   R O Y A L   A R C – H??     Wiki    google search

Supreme Grand Royal Arch  http://www.supgrac.com/  https://archive.is/AKXBM

Supreme-Grand Chapter of Scotland http://www.supremegrandchapterofscotland.co.uk/

Order of Eastern Star – Clubs & Associations in Glasgow



WIKI Freemasonry in Scotland

History  Character   Organisation   Appendant bodies

Most Freemasons in Scotland traditionally choose to be advanced as Mark Master Masons after completing the three degrees of Craft Freemasonry. However, relatively few brethren in Scotland then go on to join the Holy Royal Arch. Under the Scottish Masonic Constitution, the Mark Master degree can be received in two ways, either within a Craft Lodge after having attained the degree of Master Mason, or within a Royal Arch Chapter before taking the degree of Excellent Master. No one under the Scottish Masonic Constitution can be exalted as a Royal Arch Mason without previously having been advanced as a Mark Master Mason. English Royal Arch Masons will not be allowed into a Royal Arch Chapter in Scotland during a Mark working unless they also hold that degree, which in England is administered by a separate “Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons”. The Excellent Master degree does not exist in England, and English Royal Arch Masons are not permitted to attend these workings in Scotland.

There are a number of other orders open only to freemasons, of which the Knights Templar and Red Cross of Constantine are particularly popular in Scotland. Membership of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and the Royal Order of Scotland is sought after but tightly controlled and by invitation only. Bodies of the Order of Knight Masons, the Allied Masonic Degrees and the Order of the Secret Monitor also exist in Scotland, but have comparatively small membership. The Order of the Eastern Star, a Freemasonry-related fraternal organization open to both men and women, is currently gaining membership among Scottish freemasons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry_in_Scotland   https://archive.is/YcPo0



  1. Meeting held in a cupboard

  2. Manky carpets in a 4 **** Hotel

  3. Only 1 photographer

  4. & EVEN THEN all the pics are photoshopped So WTF was he doin??

  5. & the pics weren’t even photoshopped well!!

  6. The CROWNE plaza

  7. The Clyde Arc as backdrop 

  8. The article has NOTHING of any substance (all the ones i’ve read on subject are the same)

  9. The anniversary of James VI / I death

Nah…  In my opinion this can only mean one of two things..  EITHER

THERE WAS NO MEETING.  Completely made up #FakeNews

OR    It was a masonic ritual 

But if i was pushed for my opinion, my money is on it being a total fabrication. 




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The #no2np Edinburgh event

NO2NP event: Sillars tells Swinney ‘do a Hammond’ with Named Persons

Around 250 people turned out for a NO2NP special event in Edinburgh on Monday in a major rally against the Named Person scheme. People travelled from all over, coming from Moray, the Borders, Perthshire, Dundee and even Inverness



Speakers at the John McIntyre Conference Centre included former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars and prominent human rights QC Aidan O’Neill, who successfully represented campaigners involved with NO2NP in court.

Journalist and commentator Kevin McKenna and NO2NP supporters Dr Stuart Waiton and Maggie Mellon also took to the podium.

Jim Sillars urged Deputy First Minister John Swinney to “do a Hammond” on the Named Person scheme and drop the plans.

He said: “My advice would be to do a Hammond. Last week the Government at Westminster was in a hole. It had the brains to stop digging and my advice to this government is this isn’t going to work.

“This is going to be a punishment on you over the years ahead. Stop digging, get out the hole and abandon it.”

Or watch Jim Sillars’ speech here

Aidan O’Neill QC, a leading human rights lawyer who was behind the successful Named Person Supreme Court challenge, spoke about the judgment and its implications for families. He explained the law and why the Supreme Court ruled the way it did.



He said the Named Person legislation was written in a “vague language of aspiration when it should be talking specifically in terms of obligation” and that’s why the Supreme Court ruled that it was “not in accordance with law”.

Visit the NO2NP blog to read more about Monday’s event

New Parents’ Guide

Delegates were also encouraged to take armfuls of a new NO2NP leaflet, Parents’ Guide to the Named Person Scheme, which was launched at the event. The handy guide is designed to help parents understand their rights following the Supreme Court judgment. You can request free paper copies by emailing admin@no2np.org or download a PDF version here.



#CSAInquiry #Scotland: Survivors have ‘NO TRUST LEFT’ & were left feeling ‘groomed’ by @ScotGov

22nd Feb 2017

Child abuse survivors left feeling ‘groomed’ by Scottish Government

SURVIVORS of child abuse say that continued failures by the Scottish Government have left them feeling “groomed” all over again.

In an interview with Good Morning Scotland, survivors groups say they “continue to be failed” by the government after a third member of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry panel resigned.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced yesterday he would not appoint a successor

They also said survivors feel there’s “no point” in engaging with the inquiry further because they feel the process has become too “legalistic” and they have been “denied” an opportunity for redress.

The inquiry is now being led solely by Supreme Court judge Lady Anne Smith.

Glenn Houston, who was the last original member of the board, stepped down from his role yesterday with immediate effect, due to a potential “conflict of interest”.

Alan Draper of Care Abuse Survivors Group says he is “concerned” over Mr Houston’s “commitment to the whole process” and that survivors have had “no announcement” from education secretary John Swinney as to why he feels Lady Smith should act alone.

Mr Houston’s departure follows the resignation of the inquiry’s original chairwoman, Lady Susan O’Brien and fellow panel member Michael Lamb.

Mr Draper said: “Glen Houston and Professor Lamb had expertise in the whole field of child protection, that expertise will now be missing. This limits the inquiry’s capacity to focus on the key issues. Survivors themselves are at the centre of the inquiry – it’s now too legalistic for us, it looks far too narrow.”

Groups also say survivors in Scotland are not given redress, compared to other inquiries in Northern Ireland and Australia.

Andy Lavery from White Flowers Alba said that less than 200 victims are now in contact with the inquiry out of an estimated 6000 that experienced abuse, because they face “no prospect of justice”.

What’s the point of the inquiry? It doesn’t mean anything if you’ve suffered abuse

Mr Lavery said: “This is a disgrace and it’s terribly sad. I don’t know anyone who wants to testify now.

“Northern Ireland had care and redress, but there’s none of that here. What’s the point of the inquiry? It doesn’t mean anything if you’ve suffered abuse. This isn’t right or equality. It isn’t justice in our 21st Century. We deserve honesty and we deserve parity with other enquiries. All John Swinney has got to do is assist Lady Smith – get the manual from Sydney [inquiry], get staff and get this up to speed. Let’s crack on with it but that means building trust. We need action, not getting groomed again.”

Susan O'Brien claims she was forced out

Susan O’Brien claims she was forced out

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, set up to focus on allegations of abuse in formal institutional care settings, is expected to last four years.

John Swinney argued it has a “very broad” remit which does not include redress, but that it was a “significant issue” he was examining with survivors groups.

He said: “The inquiry is doing exactly what it’s commissioned to do which is to pursue justice and accountability. If there is a question of redress that is also responsibility of the state. It’s why the government is legislating in Parliament the Limitation Bill, which removes legal obstacles for victims seeking due recourse for abuse that took place in the period after September 1964.”

He added that the appointment of Lady Smith as chairwoman was a “success” after the resignation of Lady Susan O’Brien – who quit over claims she made comments that were “offensive to survivors”.

Mr Swinney added: “When the previous chair resigned survivors groups wanted the inquiry to be led by a senior judge. That’s not a limitation – the inquiry has the ability to appoint assessors who can look at particular specialisms. I want survivors and the public to have confidence in the inquiry and there’s every reason why that should be case.”  https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/623408/child-abuse-survivors-left-feeling-groomed-by-scottish-government-after-inquiry-sees-third-resignation/  https://archive.is/OhyZr


“Lady Susan O’Brien – who quit over claims she made comments that were offensive to survivors” 


PLEASE READ   Ms O’Brian’s letter of resignation https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/07/04/csa-chairwomans-letter-of-resignation-to-john-swinney/   https://archive.is/xncBq

wp-1487770492882.jpgChild abuse survivors’ groups have said they have “no trust left” in Scotland’s Child Abuse Inquiry.

White Flowers Alba and In Care Abuse Survivors Group both called for urgent answers from the Scottish government on the future of the inquiry.

The probe has been plagued by problems and all three original panel members have now resigned.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said he understood the concerns but told the BBC the inquiry was gathering momentum.

Glen Houston resigned from the panel on Tuesday. He said his new appointments to the boards of two public sector organisations meant there was potentially a conflict of interest with his work on the abuse inquiry.

The other two original panel members, Susan O’Brien QC and Prof Michael Lamb, stood down within days of each other last year, complaining of government interference.

In July 2016, senior judge Lady Smith was appointed as the new chairwoman following Ms O’Brien’s resignation.

The spokesman for the survivors’ group White Flowers Alba, Andi Lavery, claimed there were fewer than 200 survivors now in contact with the inquiry and said there was “no trust left”.

“It’s an absolute disgrace and it’s so terribly sad. I don’t know anybody that’s left that wants to testify and we’re in contact with quite a number of survivors,” he told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme. At the end of the day, if you’re abused in Scotland you face no prospect of either justice, accountability or redress. But if you’re abused in Carlisle or Belfast, you face them in their inquiries. That’s not right, it’s not equality and it’s not justice.”

The inquiry was launched in October 2015 and charged with examining historical allegations of child abuse in residential accommodation in Scotland.

It is due to report in 2019.

Also speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Alan Draper, of the In Care Abuse Survivors Group, said survivors were concerned about the resignation of Mr Houston and the Scottish government’s decision not to replace him on the panel.

“It looks too legalistic to us. All we’ve got now is a High Court judge, QCs and solicitors involved in the inquiry team and no external expertise. This looks far too narrow,” Mr Draper said.

Failed in care

The group have also demanded that Mr Swinney tell them why the inquiry will not consider redress for victims.

Mr Draper told BBC Scotland: “We’ve continued to ask John Swinney that this be part of the remit. We’ve been denied this remit. What survivors tend to feel [is that] we were failed when we were in care. We continue to be failed by the Scottish government and we continue to be failed by the inquiry – why should we engage with it?”

But Mr Swinney insisted the inquiry had a “very broad remit” and would ensure justice was delivered to abuse survivors.

He also defended the decision not to appoint a successor to Mr Houston, saying that survivors’ groups had told him “very strongly” they wanted the inquiry to be led by a senior judge.

Pursue justice

The deputy first minister told the BBC that Lady Smith also had the ability to appoint assessors to “enhance the expertise of the inquiry. I completely understand the concern of survivors and I’ve engaged with survivors on a number of occasions since I took over responsibility of the Child Abuse Inquiry and I will continue to do so,” he said. The inquiry is gathering evidence, it’s gathering momentum, it’s gathering input from individuals who were the victims of abuse. So the inquiry in that respect is doing exactly what it was commissioned to do which is to pursue justice and accountability for the survivors of abuse.  On the question of redress, I acknowledge this to be a significant issue, but it’s an issue for the government to address in consultation with the survivors. It’s not for me to pass this to the inquiry.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39052276   http://archive.is/sPzIz

Compensation hope for Scots Survivors of Institutional abuse


A scheme to compensate victims of in-care child abuse is being considered by Scottish ministers for the first time.

After decades of campaigning by victims’ organisations, John Swinney has acknowledged that financial redress “could play a part in Scotland in the future”.

In a letter to a Holyrood committee, the deputy first minister said that it would be inappropriate to wait until the Scottish child abuse inquiry had been completed before progressing with a compensation scheme. He suggested that a further three-month consultation would be required before ministers could reach a final decision on redress.

There was cautious approval for Mr Swinney’s letter but one leading campaign group said it was considering withdrawing from the inquiry because of the resignation yesterday of a third member of its panel.

Glenn Houston, an expert in health and social care, was appointed when the inquiry was founded in October 2015. He said he was quitting because he had accepted positions on the boards of two public bodies and felt that conflicts of interest could arise.

Last summer two members of the inquiry, Susan O’Brien, QC, the first chairwoman, and Michael Lamb, a psychologist, both quit.

Ms O’Brien is now suing the government for £500,000 and Professor Lamb said that the inquiry was “doomed” because of political interference. 

“Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied that survivors are placed at the centre of the inquiry”

The present chairwoman, Lady Smith, a high court judge, is the only remaining panel member. Mr Swinney pointed out that this was normal practice in Scotland, where public inquiries usually have only one adjudicator.

Mr Houston’s decision outraged Alan Draper, spokesman for Incas (In Care Abuse Survivors), who said that the inquiry had become “a process of failure”. He deplored its reliance on legal opinion, a factor that could deter abuse victims from coming forward.

Mr Draper said: “If Mr Houston was dissatisfied he should have the courage to say so. Accepting these two jobs implies he was looking for a way out. There is concern that the inquiry is dominated by the legal profession, without any balance from other professional groups who have a detailed knowledge of child abuse and its impact for survivors and their families. Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied that survivors are placed at the centre of the inquiry. The inquiry is about the failure of the establishment to protect them from harm. This failure is continuing.”

However, Mr Swinney’s letter to the education and skills committee offered “a glimmer of hope”. Mr Draper said: “His words seem to indicate that redress is important. Worldwide there has been a move towards compensation but Scotland has been very slow.”

In his letter Mr Swinney noted that Lady Smith had specifically raised the possibility of a redress scheme when she made her opening statement to the inquiry. “We need to be mindful of the length of time some survivors have been waiting and that some survivors are elderly and frail,” he added.

His determination to have a formal consultation on redress prompted unease. Iain Gray, Labour’s education spokesman, welcomed the acknowledgement that survivors should not wait until the abuse inquiry was completed before compensation was paid but added: “This process is still being dragged out, especially considering how long survivors have been waiting.”

Under the terms of its remit, the Scottish inquiry is scheduled to conclude in 2019.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/compensation-hope-for-scots-victims-of-child-abuse-in-care-c5mpcv8ld  http://archive.is/reQOf


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*BINGO* It’s a FULL HOUSE as the third Scottish child abuse inquiry panel member resigns

21st Feb 2017


The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been hit by another resignation, leaving it with just one panel member.

Glenn Houston said he has accepted two other public appointments and resigned from the panel to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

He is the third original panel member to resign from the inquiry.

Susan O’Brien QC quit following claims she had made comments that were ‘’offensive’’ to survivors while professor Michael Lamb stepped down after saying the review is ‘’doomed’’ due to interference by ministers.

Ms O’Brien was replaced by senior judge Lady Smith, who will now lead the inquiry on her own.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said a successor to Mr Houston will not be appointed and the inquiry will “take the same format” as every other public inquiry established in Scotland under the Inquiries Act 2005.

Mr Houston said: “Due to a change in priorities in my working life, last year I applied for positions as a non-executive director to the boards of two public-sector organisations, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Disclosure and Barring Service. “I have now been successful in those applications and the appointments have been made. Lady Smith and I have discussed the potential that at some future time, a perception of conflict of interest may arise between these appointments and my work as a panel member on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. After careful consideration of both the time commitment required to fulfil these new roles and the potential, however small, for perceptions to arise of conflict of interest, I have tendered my resignation to the inquiry. I remain fully supportive of its work, which I believe is on course to complete the important tasks which have been set for it, and I wish it very well for the future.”

Staff for the inquiry are said to be working to contact people in countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand who may have suffered abuse in Scotland, or after being sent abroad as part of past care arrangements.

At a preliminary hearing last month, Lady Smith stressed the inquiry is independent of government, police, prosecutors and other organisations.

The inquiry covers the period within memory of anyone who has suffered abuse, not beyond December 2014. Public hearings will begin on May 31.

Lady Smith said: “Mr Houston has made a valuable contribution to the work of the inquiry during his time as a panel member and I am very grateful to him for his support. “I fully understand his decision and wish him well in his new ventures.”

Mr Swinney said: “I want to thank Mr Houston for his service. I know this was not an easy decision for him to reach but he can be very proud of the contribution he has made to the establishment of the Child Abuse Inquiry and to ensuring its continuing progress. Following consideration of the matter, at this stage in the inquiry’s work, I have decided not to appoint a successor. Lady Smith will continue as chair of the inquiry and as sole panel member.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/third-scottish-child-abuse-inquiry-panel-member-resigns-1-4372555  http://archive.is/l0mp6

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