Victims, villains and rescuers.
Hard to keep track of who is who, isn’t it?
Let’s start with Savile.
Savile with his now odious “Jim’ll fix it for you” thing. Rescuer. Yay.
Savile as alleged serial abuser. Villain. Boo.
Next up. Newsnight.
Newsnight originally fail to air “Unsubstantiated” Savile report. Villain. Boo.
Newsnight subsequently air Messham’s shocking and shockingly unsubtantiated allegations. Rescuer. Yay.
Newsnight subsequently lambasted for doing so. Villain. Boo.
Messham as a boy. Victim.
Messham goes to the press to reveal scandal. (Self) rescuer. Yay.
Messham reveals he got the wrong man. Reckless villain? Boo.
But hang on, he was shown a picture he was told it was McAlpine. Was he misled? Was it deliberate? Victim?
Exploited by Newsnight? Victim.
(Depending on your politics here.)
Key Tory within the Thatcher government. Villain. Boo or Rescuer. Yay. Your mileage may vary.
Lord McAlpine as alleged abuser. Villain. Boo.
Forced to instruct defamation lawyers for malicious or reckless defamation. Victim.
If he pursues everybody on the internet who commented or referred to links? Then what will he become? Victim or villain?
Bravely reveals paedophile allegations and potential cover-up in Prime Minister’s Question Time and on his blog. Heroic Rescuer. Big online Yay.
Shadowy comments of threats against his safety also mentioned on his blog? Heroic victim.
Allegations of gullibilty, not following due dilligence and protocols, impetuousness, clumsiness, naivity, hysteria and, now, seemingly, not commenting. Villain. Boo.
Supporting Tom’s bravery and courage, ? Co-rescuer. Yay.
Spreading the word via tweets and links? Rescuer. Yay.
Shown to be wrong and reckless? Villain. Boo.
Sued by McAlpine and his defamation lawyers? Will you be victim or villain?
These victim, villain, resuer stories, eh? They are so complex but utterly compelling. The simplistic logic they present us with can be very seductive and so transient.
Looks like Karpman had a point. Or three.
And now a disclaimer: Dear Lawyers. There is no explicit or implied allegation against any party in this piece. Quite the contrary, there is only an assertion that such allegations of rescuer, villainy or victim are notoriously unreliable.