Not been saying too much on the Savile situation because enough's being said and I've nothing much to add, but Batty has a point about the one allegation Freddie Starr's been arrested for. In fact, is it actually arrested under caution or simply 'helping police with their enquiries? He's responded to this accusation very swiftly and publicly several days ago and said he'd welcome a police interview - not exactly the actions of a man with some gruesome secret to hide, although with him and his history I'd say the real danger he may have presented was in being inebriated or high around children and perhaps that
will come out in the investigation rather than deliberate molestation?
The danger of a McCarthy style witch-hunt into anyone associated with Savile is growing with every press speculation and whilst the reportage is very much in the public interest and shouldn't be suppressed, it's important to keep a lid on things in perspective and not get hysterical at every new 'revelation' that emerges.
One thing that's not being said too much is the general lack of presence of Savile on TV shows (rather than news programmes when he was knighted etc) in later years, but the one that has been - his being 'banned' from association with Children in Need - seems to underline that there was an awareness that his activities were suspected, if not acted on by some people in the entertainment media and some nursing staff at the hospitals where he 'worked'. Also his comments supporting Gary Glitter weren't exactly sprayed across the headlines when that can of worms exploded were they? I think Esther Rantzen has it about right about him. There was nothing concrete to pin on him and so people too blinded by the positive public image and his fundraising all those years and the ugly rumours therefore remained just that in his lifetime. This also goes some way to explain his relatively small estate of £4 million - he was something of a miser in his private life (living in trailer parks or cheap appartments) so most of his earnings went into feeding his charitable smokescreen and tacky bling persona that supported his main activities.
Talking of tacky bling - did anyone else think of Savile when the Austin Powers movie Goldmember came out?