Four local police forces in Britain as well as the Independents Police Complaints Commission are investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by former British Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Known as Ted Heath, he brought the Conservative Party to power in 1970 by defeating Harold Wilson’s Labour government. In early 1974, Wilson and Labour would regain power. The following year, Heath was successfully challenged for the Tory party leadership by Margaret Thatcher who, of course, would become Prime Minister at the end of the decade. Heath would remain an MP until his retirement in 2001, having served in the British House of Commons for more than 60 years. He died in 2005 at the age of 89.
It is being reported that these allegations could have come to light in the ’90s when one of the local police forces was investigating a brothel owner, but was dropped after she threatened to expose Heath in court.
This matter is now being pursued vigorously because of the acute failure of police, the BBC, and the NHS to investigate the late Jimmy Savile, the longtime host of Top of the Pops, who is now believed to have sexually assaulted as many as 500 children, dating back to the 1940s.
However, an editorial in the Telegraph is skeptical about the allegations against Heath. While acknowledging the need to be diligent in the wake of the Savile debacle, the editorial argues that the evidence against Heath is flimsy. It goes as far as to say, “There is an unedifying whiff of Salem about all of this.”
Of course, there is a possibility that the allegations against Heath, either in part or whole, could be true. And even if only part true they would profoundly shake British society to its very core. Yet it must also be remembered that Edward Heath is dead and cannot defend himself. Because of this it is very likely that the public will only get one side of the story. As such it must be kept in mind that story we are going to be told might not be true.
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