the missing adverb……Alleged

When the dreaded name ‘Jimmy Saville’ appears in print, usually nowadays in huge headlines, alongside such terms as ‘victims’, or ‘abuse’, or even more explicitly ‘sexual activity with a minor’; we are alerted, almost by Pavlovian behaviour modification; to expect ever more unsavoury details regarding this dead ******** pervert.  But there seems to me to be almost a bandwagon effect, with the added problem that, because the man is dead, absolutely none of these allegations can be tested in a Court. But hey; there’s the legal get-out, because it has long been established that you cannot defame or libel the dead. So, the band-wagon rolls on with Savile accused of everything from necrophilia to advising Prince Charles on his marriage prospects. We have all seen the headlines, hells gates, I myself have even written on another blogsite regarding this particular man, and of the crimes he has been accused of; and of my own distaste for the very thought of this high-profile personality being allowed to literally get away with crimes worse than murder.

The evidence, the accusations, tested by CPS solicitors on evidence collected by the police, seem incontrovertible; the accusers line up, with their claims and hopes for, er, Compensation!!!!

There is, however, yet another side to this long, turgid and complex story, and that is the side retailed by a blogger named Susanne Cameron-Blackie who writes under the title Anna Racoon. Scan her voluminous postings, as she writes with a certain veracity based on her sojourns at the Duncroft Approved School.

As to the truth of the many and varied allegations against this disc jockey; I am fairly certain that discussions, stories, rages will continue for years; but, in researching this small post, I have formed the conclusion that it is a little far-fetched to automatically state that there can be no doubt of his guilt. After all, it would have to be an enormous conspiracy involving hundreds of BBC staff, not particularly known for being reticent, thousands more of NHS, Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville staff, all of whom would need to be totally complicit in a massive cover-up.

8 comments for “the missing adverb……Alleged

  1. Frank
    April 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    There’s a reason people use the word “alleged” or “allegedly”, it’s to protect themselves from being sued for libel or slander. The reason you don’t hear the word when referring to sex criminal, paedophile, necrophiliac and generally all-round evil bastard* Jimmy Savile is because he’s dead and you can’t libel a dead person.

    * See, no need to use the word “allegedly”, he can’t sue me.

    • Mike Cunningham
      April 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Frank,

      Thank you for the remarkable revelation exposed by your no-doubt superior intellect that the heading of my post is slightly superfluous.

      Its commonly known as ‘hyperbole’.

      • James Strong
        April 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        Since you choose to make a smart-arse reply to Frank, try this one:
        ‘alleged’ is not an adverb; it’s an adjective.
        Note this, in the phrase ‘alleged paedophile’ the word ‘paedophile’ is a noun. The word ‘alleged’ qualifies the noun; it’s an adjective.
        Savile ‘alleged assaulted young people’ doesn’t work, does it?
        Savile allegedly assaulted young people’ is correct, because ‘allegedly’ is an adverb.

        You’re welcome.

      • Frank
        April 29, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Mike,

        Sorry. Maybe I was too subtle. I was agreeing with you. 🙂

        • Brightside Bob
          April 29, 2015 at 10:20 pm

          An example of Poe’s Law I believe.

          Ps: 🙂

        • April 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

          Whoops.

  2. ivan
    April 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

    You are correct it is Pavlovian behaviour that we see in most of the population, but then what do we expect with their daily diet of TV.

    If Jimmy did half of the things he has been accused of he would not have had time to appear in the TV programs he did. He also appears to have had mystical powers to be able to supposedly touch someone when he had never been to the scene where this took place.

    As far as I can work out the whole ‘Jimmy is a —— (insert you own pet derogatory name)’ started in the fertile mind of the peado finder general that wanted to advance his name by using a story created by a mentally questionable young lady. It got on TV in front of a willing audience that have been trained to accept everything they see there as fact regardless – the rest is history.

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    April 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    XX it has long been established that you cannot defame or libel the dead.XX

    It is a specific offence under German law.

    You might like to ask Daddy Commyron, if you can have one too.

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