So the Prime Minister has announced a review of the Dickens dossiers – a year after the Home Secretary announced a review, of the Dickens dossiers.
Does this sound illogical to you? It certainly does to me.
Whether the PM wasn’t aware of the previous inconclusive review, or he didn’t have confidence in the previous inquiry doesn’t really matter.
The point is that the missing Dickens Dossiers are only a tiny part of bigger allegation that powerful people avoided being investigated for child abuse.
The only way that we will establish the facts as to whether any of these allegations stand up, is through an overarching national inquiry into historical cases of organised abuse. Only a national inquiry will examine whether the police followed up leads and were not pressured by other agencies or politicians to pull back from proper investigations.
One thing I know for certain: the current police team investigating complicated and diverse allegations of abuse linked to politics are utterly dedicated, but overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information that needs following up.
If the PM and Deputy PM are serious that the police should be the only agency to look at these historic cases, then they should ensure that a much larger number of investigators are adequately resourced. Seven people at the Met are not going to crack this.