« on: December 16, 2014, 01:18:07 pm »
He's confessing to ordering peoples executions here, why haven't I seen any mention of this before?
At the time he said it? Probably because they thought he was joking. "Oh Savile, what a card. You are hilarious, with your tracksuit and big talk". Savile had that reputation, as a joker and teller of tall tales, and his public perception allowed him to get away with saying all kinds of disturbing things. Like when he told a patient at a hospital he was visiting that they were lucky the nurse was there or he would be able to have his way with her (because she was physically disabled). That's just Jimmy being Jimmy, innit?
After the allegations came to light....well, that's a very good question, isn't it? There are so many potentially seedy aspects to the Savile story it's now almost impossible to keep track of who may be covering for him. People close to the Royals, close to the Tory Party, the intelligence services, people in the entertainment industry....not to mention Savile did some quite serious work as a consultant and PR expert for some rather large businesses. While the press apparently delight in making up ridiculous nonsense to publish about him (because who wouldn't want to emulate such a great media figure as Max Clifford), everyone's just a little bit wary about what might come out of such an investigation.
Which is also an interesting point. Savile alleged, years ago, that just before his knighthood, the press were looking into his past, trying to figure out why he hadn't received any honours yet. He said they found nothing because there was nothing to find....but we know that wasn't true. Were the press really sniffing around his past? If so, they either did a bloody awful job of it....or else they were persuaded to keep quiet.