Have you any idea as to what may link these two plants?
A yew tree, and
a money tree?
The probable answer as demonstrated in a few recent trials is
a bleeding heart!
If you live in the UK you must have been mesmerised (catatonic -ised?) by the joke that has been played out to the cost of the British tax payer and which has been labelled Operation Yew Tree. So many crocodile tears have been shed by so many ‘caring’ folk they have probably been the real reason for the flooding of the Thames Estuary rather than excessive heat generated in the Far East – as claimed by the Daily Mail. Always a reliable source.
If you know nothing of all this consider yourself lucky.
In brief, a rather creepy (this, by the way, I thought of him long before everything kicked off) geezer dies and is then accused by untold millions of being a pervert.
Unhelpfully he is dead.
Ergo, as far as the press and most of the suitably prejudiced remaining millions are concerned, he is guilty.
The breast beating outcry leads to the creation of an insane witch hunt where anything from farting to assault is ‘collected’ (like berries) by the police under the label of Yew Tree who invite anyone who wishes to win a Mars bar to write in and, rather than phone a friend, ‘denounce a neighbour’.
This sort of move had been perfected by a certain Dr. G between 1923 and ’44.
This leads to a motley collection of aged ‘C listers’ being persecuted by the DSS, the police and, in hordes, the press. So far, the net result of this whole ‘Affair’ and ‘Operation’ is that one (dead) person has been totally f****d by the press and hundreds, if not thousands, of accusers who are blindly believed by all and sundry as, being dead, he finds it a little awkward to defend himself.
Of the alive I think about 8 have been accused – who, being alive, have been allowed to be heard by a jury and have all been acquitted, the latest being a thoroughly nice fellow (when I knew him) ex DJ, Dave Lee Travis.
Sadly, ‘ex’ is the word as he has had to sell his house to pay for the trial, lost his job and, I assume, fought to hang on to his wife and family.
When the ‘Saville’ scandal (I stress again, untried or proven) broke, I was at a dinner party where I was attacked as an apologist by Pete and two ladies for saying that a) nothing could be proven so what did anyone hope to gain and b) whatever else he had done, he had raised millions for charities and how were the recipients of the money going to feel?
Apparently ‘there was no doubt’.
Somehow the whole thing to me, at the time, made me feel that I was being/am being led by the nose and in my opinion the outcomes of the trials prove it. Later I will explain with the utmost summonable cynicism my theory as to by whom.
So now, if I have to confront the two ladies again, (Pete don’t count as he now appears to be totally defunct – or arrested by Yew tree), where are we?
Yours, diablog, bemused