Can't understand Jimmy defence
IN RESPONSE to Mr Dutton's letter ('Sir Jimmy slurs are undeserved', The Sentinel, October 11), where do you buy your rose-tinted specs from?
A few questions are prompted. You seek to remind TV networks that Savile, pictured below, is deceased, and the rumours and attacks on him are 'sacrilege'.
This man (I use the term loosely) is indeed deceased, and I doubt that many people will shed tears for him.
But, since when is the truth 'sacrilege'? Also, in face of the overwhelming evidence, the word 'rumours' is incorrect, and 'slurs' is an inappropriate term.
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For some inexplicable reason, you seek to excuse him by stating that he comes from a different generation, and culture.
Well so do I, Mr Dutton, but if I had been guilty of the same offences as Jimmy Savile then I would have expected the full force of the law to be brought against me.
But, at the risk of sounding as though polishing my halo, such thoughts have never come into my mind, nor do they to the average person.
"He came from a culture devoid of sex registers, CCTV, and other intrusions into people's liberty".
Regarding sex registers, they are, to my way of thinking, an absolute necessity; CCTV, I am broadly in agreement with you there, provided the term 'liberty' is not stretched to include the kind of behaviour at issue here.
"He raised millions for charity, and brought pleasure to ordinary people".
I would not disagree with that, but does that excuse his behaviour in those cases where he brought the opposite of pleasure to the apparently ever-increasing number of people he molested?
You make the point that he was a Christian; does that excuse him, too?
On the contrary, that would lead one to expect a certain standard of morality.
"Society has turned in on itself, and created the crimes that it is trying to guard against".
I think that society is basically the same as it has ever been, Mr Dutton, and choices have to be made by each individual, as they always have been.
Savile chose to be a sexual predator, using his wealth and influence to cover up his crimes against the young and vulnerable.
The pity is that no-one had the courage to blow the whistle earlier.
DAVID VICKERS Penkhull