The British police and Crown Prosecution Service have managed to bring a number of radio disc jockeys and TV soap actors to court for alleged misdemenours as trifling as touching a woman's bottom but, somehow, they are still contriving to 'fumble the catch' when it comes to arresting senior Establishment figures who, for more than 20 years, have been accused of far more serious crimes.
Here is an extract from a BBC radio interview taped a few days ago:
A victim of the alleged Dolphin Square sex ring claims he witnessed boys as young as eight being forced to perform horrifying sex acts by military figures and politicians.
'There was a further occasion when I was taken to a property in Notting Hill when there was two brothers aged eight and 10 who were being sexually tortured and I tried to intervene and I was beaten unconscious.
'It was appalling sexual abuse.'
At one such event he claims to have witnessed two brothers - aged between eight and 10 years old - brought out wearing only bathrobes, drugged and forced to sexually assault each other while groups of men looked on and drank.
He told BBC Radio Four's World at One programme of a party near Whitehall or Westminster where those in attendance were celebrating the election of Margaret Thatcher as party leader, and where boys of 15 engaged in sex acts with older men. He said that during the night he was forced to perform a sex act on two politicians.
'At a house party in Essex. I saw a man leading a 12-year-old boy down a corridor.
'Until the day I die I will never forget the expression on that young man's face, I tried to look reassuring, to try and give him something that resembled a smile, but I just saw the expression of fear and terror as they passed me into a bedroom. I never saw him after that.'