I can’t access this story in The Times because it’s paywalled, but I can see enough to make my point:
Peter Ball escaped justice for decades, at a terrible cost to his young victims, thanks to his many establishment friends, argues Sean O’Neill
The tale of the paedophile bishop and the heir to the throne — private prayer sessions, gifts of money and a 20-year correspondence — is the stuff of a conspiracy theorist’s dream. Except that the story of Peter Ball and the Prince of Wales is not a theory. It is a key element in a real, modern-day account of how powerful people in Britain formed a protective shield around a predatory sex offender.
Not six months goes by without some public figure from twenty or thirty years ago being identified, usually after he’s died, as a sex pest, liar, or criminal. Every time, it’s revealed the entire media and political establishment protected them, only the individuals concerned are also dead or long-since retired on hefty pensions. These stories are now so common I wonder why they even bother reporting them.
Instead, I wonder which current public figures are engaged in appalling behaviour which would see them sacked or jailed, or are covering for people doing the same, and why the media isn’t reporting on them, now. The reason is, the media is doing the same job now their predecessors did for the likes of Peter Ball: they’re covering for their ruling class friends, and act as their mouthpiece. I suspect everyone knew back then what Ball was up to, just as the abuse of vulnerable girls in Rotherham was no secret, but there is common knowledge and – separately – there is that which the ruling classes and media will acknowledge. In fact, one could pretty easily draw up a list of current issues and individuals and make a sure bet that most will be the subject of a documentary or newspaper piece in thirty years time which will have everyone shaking their heads over how it was allowed to happen.
The answer will be the same as it is now: the ruling classes are above the law, aided and abetted by those working in media. So my message to The Times is this: the time for reporting on Peter Ball and his enablers was in the 1980s, when he was still actively abusing people; what I want to know is who you and your fellow travellers are covering for now.