Saturday, 7 September 2019

The Royal Connection

Brian Gerrish in the UK Column studio, 28 August 2019: "Well, let`s end with the subject of Jeffrey Epstein. Of course this came to a head about the time we did our last news early in the month, but the story is continuing to drag on. Here`s the BBC: Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges Prince Andrew to `come clean` So it`s saying a woman who accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse and alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a l7-year-old has urged the UK royal to `come clean`... She`s said this in writing but she`s also said this in front of cameras very recently. `Speaking after a hearing for alleged victims in the wake of Epstein`s death, Virginia Giuffre told reporters the prince `knows what he`s done`. "

"The Duke of York denies the accusations; and then it said: `Epstein killed himself in his prison cell this month while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges`. That was remarkably convenient and got rid of a lot of problems for a lot of people I think." 

"But let`s follow the BBC report through because they don`t actually give the main detail about Prince Andrew. You`ve got to connect via web links embedded in the article. So it`s very interesting to see how the BBC plays this. If you do connect on the links it all becomes a bit explicit because here`s Prince Andrew together with his young lady ... on location in one of Epstein`s houses and of course this is the other picture which won`t go away which is of Prince Andrew with Epstein in Central Park after Epstein had been released from prison and was, therefore, at that stage a convicted paedophile. So where does this go?"

"Well if you follow the BBC article through who did it end with? It ended with a picture of Epstein alongside Trump. So there`s all the charges. What was Epstein charged with? That`s listed quite simply. What`s the last image that the BBC puts in your mind? It isn`t Prince Andrew, it`s Trump. I thought this was a very carefully crafted article."

"But this was the Guardian. `Prince Andrew knows what he`s done says Jeffrey Epstein accuser. Royal has previously denied Virginia Giuffre`s accusation that she was forced to have sex with him and this is what Andrew said. He made Epstein`s acquaintance in 1999 and saw him once or maybe twice each year. The prince also said he stayed at several of Epstein`s homes. He did not see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to Epstein`s arrest and conviction.` So that`s good. He added. `I`ve said previously it was a mistake, an error, to see him after his release from prison in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know`."

"That`s surprising isn`t it? Because he`d been released from prison after being found guilty of what was effectively a paedophile offence."

Mike Robinson: "Yes that`s an untenable position to be taking."

Brian Gerrish: "I think this is desperation because it`s complete rubbish. `The prince also said his suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who`s been affected and wants some form of closure`..."

"We`d like to say that as far as the Prince is concerned we remember: Oxford and Cherwell Valley CollegeIt`s going back to 2011 when the UK Column did a lot of work on the abuse of youngsters at that college; and we also became aware that Prince Andrew was due to visit the college and warned one of his aides that the college had been involved in some pretty appalling stuff with the students. But Prince Andrew continued with the visit and he went and visited one of the worst of the workshops where abuse had taken place. So he didn`t seem very concrned about that angle."

"But somebody took up the case though and they started to ask some Freedom of Information questions about the college and his visit and I just thought people would be interested to see that the response that Mr Roberts got was effectively to say: `Well we can`t give you too much information because it concerns the Royal Family."

"I refer to your recent request concerning all letters and emails relating to the recent visit of Prince Andrew to the College. I would refer you to section 40 relating to personal data 37 (1) (ac and ad) in respect of communications with the Royal Family and the Royal Household and Section 38 which relates to endangering the safety of an individual..."

"So if you ask questions about a royal visit to a college where the abuse of children has taken place they can`t tell you anything because it might endanger the Royal Family."

"Yes brilliant."

"And here we`ve got a bit more.... 37 ac and ad are qualified exemptions and therefore subject to a public interest test. But essentially, the public is not going to get any information when they ask questions."

"And we`ll end on this report from the Mail. We`ve got another lady coming forward to report abuse: `British actress, 42, went to school with Kate Middleton, revealed she was manipulated coerced and sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein as a teenager at a hearing alongside 30 of the paedophile`s victims`. But embedded in the Mail article was this paragraph."

"`Epstein`s lawyers were also given a chance to speak. They suggested, shockingly, that he had been murdered and said his neck injuries were more consistent with a homicide than suicide`. They told the judge they had hired their own experts to look into whether or not the disgraced paedophile might have been killed."

"That was the little piece buried in the article. The Mail to its credit put a bit more information in. They had this:" 
"Officials said Epstein hanged himself with a bed sheet from the top set of bunks. He was found with several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, when guards were doing their morning rounds. Revelations of the broken bones in his neck lead to speculation that his death was a homicide. Breakages to that specific one can occur when people hang themselves but are more commonly seen in victims who have been strangled, according to forensic experts."

"So that didn`t appear in the BBC report but the Mail did get it out, but our take on it  is that it is a very convenient death - of Mr Epstein - and of course the palace will now do their best to stay in the background. and let it all disappear into the long grass."

Mike Robinson. "I hope that will not be allowed to happen."


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