DRUG AND CHILD ABUSE CONSUME UK. WAS IT ALWAYS LIKE THIS ?
MEDIA FRENZY ABOUNDS IN UK.
Some wise person once said that you get the Press you deserve. If that, as I suspect, is correct then the UK is slithering down a very greasy pole.For over two weeks now, the media have been obsessed with 2 main areas, namely Drug abuse in sport linked with the Lance Armstrong revelations and even closer to home the ever escalating stories of child abuse carried out over 6 decades by one Jimmy Savile, a Knight of the realm, and former TV presenter and Charity worker.So consumed are the media on these two stories that they have virtually ceased to record the ongoing efforts to locate a 5 year old child, now considered to have been murdered and for which a man is in custody.
Lance Armstrong was known worldwide as a cyclist supreme who won the Tour de France, the Blue Riband of cycling on more occasions than you could shake a stick at, as well as multi successes in other events. Now, after detailed investigation by the USA Drug Investigation organisation, it seems pretty conclusive, that the man thought to be a paragon of sporting virtue was nothing more than a serial cheat.
Jimmy Savile was a UK so called Celebrity in the world of Television. A former disc jockey, he presented pop music shows before embarking on what saw him become regarded as a National Institution, presenting a programme designed to great people ,especially children, their most fervently expressed wish. Savile modestly had the programme called after himself as "Jim"ll Fix It " It now appears the person who got most out of the fixing was Savile himself. He became revered by many for his Voluntary work in Hospitals and Mental Institutions. Again the main and squalid, beneficiary of all this was again Savile. He became very popular and highly regarded throughout the land, raising funds by very well publicised personal efforts and as a result became first and OBE and then a Knight. Sir Jimmy Savile, at his death not long ago was a highly regarded public icon of his time. Now however, for Jimmy Savile ,read "Jimmy"s A Vile " as daily it seems more and more victims of his lust for young girls and children, some of them disabled and vulnerable, become publicly revealed. Two examples of the fact that underneath the very thin crusty surface of Society are to be found some very murky waters.
DRUGS THAT DENIGRATE SPORT.
The Lance Armstrong revelations confirm what many of us have thought for so long, namely that especially at the top levels of sport there are those actively working to find drugs and substances that will enhance performance. I was first advised of this as long ago as the 1970"s as Secretary of the National Coaches Association in the UK.
AT THE TIME IT WAS THE WEIGHT LIFTERS WHO REVEALED THEIR PROBLEM WHICH HAS SINCE GONE FERAL TO INFLUENCE VIRTUALLY EVERY TYPE OF SPORT, JUST AS IT HAS PERVADED "RECREATIONALY" INTO ALL ASPECTS OF MODERN LIFE .
The current revelations show a systematic programme developed and hidden by those advising and influencing the performers. It would be foolish to assume that whilst cycling may have thrown up an extreme example, that it is alone in sport in developing and concealing such activity. The Poacher is always one step ahead of the Gamekeeper it seems.
THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THESE REVELATIONS IS ENORMOUS FOR TOP LEVEL SPORT. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE MEDAL WINNING OLYMPIANS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR GOALS BY HONEST METHHODS , AS i KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE MANY MORE NOW RAISING AT LEAST A QUIZZICAL EYE AT THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND WONDERING IF THEY WERE TRULY VALID. THIS IS THE TRUE LEGACY OF ARMSTRONG AND HIS FELLOW CONSPIRATORS.
CHILD ABUSE AN ON GOING PROBLEM.
It seems that, like the poor, child abusers are always with us worldwide. I referred in an earlier Hub ,t o being told, in answer to my question, that the biggest undiscovered crime in the Northern Town we lived in at the time was INCEST.
THE YOUNG, THE DIABLED AND THOSE GENERALLY VULNERABLE ARE CONSTANTLY PREYED ON BY THOSE WHO CAN IT SEEMS.
The Saville revelations confirm the above, but the most shocking thing is that the victims were unable to speak out against such a personality, fearing, with justification that they would not be believed. Take this down in profile and contemplate just how many children of both sexes are in the same predicament today, living with abuse and fearing that no one would believe them if they spoke out against a parent or revered Uncle or even their Priest. It was ever thus, and for all the efforts made by charities and Government initiatives, it goes on virtually unchecked.Saville was not alone at the BBC in abusing his position and the trust of the young and besotted.
There will, I predict be revelations more to come as the Media becomes like a dog tearing at a stricken hare. More revelations for sure, but will they change things. I doubt it, for once the frenzy subsides the abuses will go on hidden from view and no longer, like that poor child considered now to be dead, with the Media feast on the details. Asad , but true commentary on the human condition.