Disappointingly, there is still no mention on Slugger O’Toole that “Prince Andrew” has been mentioned in New York Courts in a civil action involving under-age sex.
You might say…whats the connexion to Norn Iron?
And I would say that the not so Grand Old Duke of York is Colonel in Chief of the “Royal Irish Rifles” which now includes the discredited Ulster Defence Regiment, which many nationalists would regard as a loyalist paramiltary organisation responsible for the murder of many innocent people.
Would this interest Slugger O’Toole.
Well….quite properly in my view ….Slugger has raised questions about Sinn Féins handling of sexual abuse allegations made by a young West Belfast woman.
Let me state,without hesitation that I believe these allegations to be true. Further, Sinn Féins subsequent behaviour has been appalling. They have circled the wagons and attempted to damage the reputation of the young woman.
As I have said Slugger (and mainstream media) quite properly asks the questions. Less properly they ask the questions ad nauseam and give the impression of conducting a vendetta against SF in general and Gerry Adams in particular actually damages the case they try to make.
That Gerry Adams is resistant to any form of embarrassment on this issue and many others and clearly evasive and incredible and no doubt backed by an unofficial guarantee of immunity to protect the Peace Process…is all I suspect true.
But “Prince Andrew” (“aka the Duke of York” as the Court Papers describe him) is at least unwise to have er unwittingly been the friend of a paedophile….a billionaire paedophile…and even more unwise to er unwittingly still been a friend after the billionaire paedophile was convicted of procuring a 14 year old girl for the purposes of prostitution. Andy was very wise to sever the friendship when er this was made known to him.
Buckingham Palace was quick to dismiss any allegation of impropriety. A young woman bringing a civil action suggests an underage laison with Andy. Lawyers call her a liar.
She might well be.
But a tip of the hat to former teenage party girl (from the 1960s Profumo Scandal) Mandy Rice Davis, who died last month “he would say that, wouldnt he?”
And surely the mantra emerging in recent year or so in cities such as Rotherham, Rochdale….or institutions as diverse as the BBC or the Catholic Church….is that institutions look to their own survival and disregard the children who are victims of abuse.
In 1977, a former Tory Whip explained the role of the secret Whips Office. Tim Fortesque said that the object was to befriend and help Tory back bench MPs who found themselves isolated and in trouble….for example over “small boys”.
Circling the wagons.
Of course…it is too easy for Republicans and Nationalists to smirk at the discomfort of Royalty…especially when everyone is innocent and merely tainted by “association”.
Likewise too easy for anti-Republican message boards to smirk at the discomfort of Sinn Féin …especially when everyone is innocent and merely tainted by “association”.
And it is shameful when the root problem is the sexual abuse of young women and children.
But Droight de Seigneur is as relevant now as ever.