In the last 3 weeks I’ve seen two documentaries, hundreds of news reports, thousands of newspaper articles and what seems like millions of people who ‘knew about it’ but actually did nothing.
I feel absolutely terrible for all of those involved and my background as a Sociology student, having read about lots of such cases, means that I empathise more than your Average Joe.
However, in all of this I fear that we have completely lost sight of the biggest tragedy of them all…
Not the hundreds of victims of abuse from Savile and his ‘paedophile ring’ for years.
Not the mental patients so clearly let down by the system that allowed this monster to abuse them.
Not the unwitting charities, now closing, that bore Savile’s name unaware of the consequences.
Not the living celebrities whose reputations are going to be ruined by association with Savile and the inevitable investigations in to a cultural chauvinism that still exists today.
Not the BBC executives who lost out on a huge story and are now in danger of being torn apart by a Tory government already intent on their destruction.
Not the fact that I realised I’ve been spelling Jimmy Savile’s name with two ‘ls’ incorrectly for my whole life.
No. The biggest loser in all of this is…
Yes. Hugh Dennis. This is the end of his career.