Jimmy SavileI’ve been slowly working through my blog to make the old posts fit the current design – resizing images, redoing the word count of the excerpts etc – and it’s been quite a trip down memory lane.

Sometimes it’s being reminded about interesting stuff, like Carlsberg once having a swastika on its label, sometimes wondering what on earth I thought was writing about, but once or twice looking back in sheer embarrassment.

Two posts in particular make me cringe – the first on the death of Cyril Smith and the other the death of Jimmy Savile. In both cases, I was reasonably kind in my views, but now we know what monsters they had been and I wonder whether I should just delete those posts as a way of cleaning house.

The trouble is, if I did that, that would be me trying to deny that I’d ever been taken in by celebrity, a sort of dishonesty by hindsight. So I’ve left them as they are.

The only consolation I have is that I’m not the only one. I heard Louis Theroux on the radio today recounting how after his 2001 documentary, When Louis met Jimmy, he considered Savile as a friend and now feels only shame that he too didn’t have a clue about the evil that that man could do.

At least Louis had an opportunity to redeem himself with his latest programme, Savile which aired on BBC2 last night. It makes for uncomfortable viewing, but is a story worth telling lest we forget that there can be manipulative scumbags lurking behind the veneer of celebrity.

Maybe I should compose a post along similar lines, but frankly, I’d need my brain cells disinfecting if I thought about Savile more than I have to.

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 3rd October 2016

    I also wrote in a congratulatory manner about Savile before the dam burst. Like you I have decided to leave that post as it is for I am prepared to admit the truth that I was also duped. Christ, I even wrote that I had been proud to meet the bastard!

    • Mr Parrot 3rd October 2016

      At least I pointed out that he was a tory. Should have known there was something fishy about him 🙂

  • Trevor Rowley 4th October 2016

    To use the Americanism, Mr P, I don’t think you should “beat yourself up” about these two. Their very nature meant that they would use their “charm”, but also their veiled bullying, to get what they wanted in certain situations throughout their lives. They were also extremely devious and would use all these skills to outfox anyone who happened to get too close to what they were really up to. Looking back, it’s clear that both were oddities, but that’s probably why we tolerated them for so long.

    I worked in a local government when Cyril Smith was the MP for Rochdale and would often come across people who had worked in Rochdale where rumour had it that things said about Cyril Smith in the town were fact and not just fanciful stories about a larger than life character. Why he was never gripped, tried and convicted in his lifetime will long remain a mystery.

    As for Jimmy Savile, it seemed odd to me that the original Louis Theroux TV documentary wasn’t shown after Jimmy Savile’s death, and, more particularly, wasn’t shown after the bulk of accusations about him had started to air. Were the BBC trying to forget, or even hide, the fact that they had played a hand, albeit unwittingly, in all this (think also of veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall and various other BBC employees)? Or, perhaps, were they hiding behind the excuse that this would be inappropriate given the enquiries that would need to be held? Even to the untrained eye, that original documentary shows Savile to be a peculiar character who goes to some length to hide his private habits and devious traits from detection and, in doing so, draws us straight to the villain in him. Admittedly, not enough to convict but a sure fire indicator of a dangerous man.

    • Mr Parrot 4th October 2016

      It’s not so much beating myself up as feeling rather stupid in retrospect. That’s the problem with blogging – your opinions are there forever for all to see. No doubt I will be red-faced in a few years when Brexit is a huge success and after I was predicting the end of civilisation as we know it!

      As I mentioned in my earlier post, I did meet Cyril Smith many years ago and he wasn’t a nice man, certainly not the avuncular figure he appeared on screen. But I wouldn’t have guessed that he was capable of the crimes he committed.

      I also met Stuart Hall about ten years ago when he fronted a flu jab campaign for us and he pretty much was the person you saw on tv. I confess I still miss his extraordinary football summaries on Five Live.

  • Roger O Green 4th October 2016

    I had a very affectionate post about Bill Cosby when he turned 70, when there were accusations sort of buzzing around, but I didn’t make much of them.

  • Steve 5th October 2016

    I often look back at older posts and cringe a bit, but I take that as an indication that I have evolved — which isn’t a bad thing.

    I once had a conversation with Ray Bradbury, the sci-fi writer, about re-reading old work, and he said we have to respect our younger selves. In other words, take the work as a product of the time when it was written, and the writer alive in that time. I think that’s good advice.


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