Edward Heath, British Prime Minister in 1970, has these week been 'outed' in connection with the investigation into the sexual abuse of young boys by senior Establishment figures which took place throughout the seventies and eighties.
While it is pleasing to see, at last, that these perverted and nasty men in high places are - belatedly - being investigated, there is a danger that this over-exuberance on the part of the police to compensate for past inadequacies may lead to a dilution of the real issues, which are that a cabal of politicians and civil servants set up an organisation to ritually sexually abuse and possibly murder young boys.
The investigation and naming of Ted Heath centres on his alleged closet homosexuality. In the mid 1950s he was, apparently, warned by the police for hanging around a men's public lavatory and in the mid sixties it is claimed he picked up a young hitchhiker and asked him to stay the night at his London flat. The complainant alleges he was 12 years old at the time but there is no suggestion that he was coerced.
It would be unfortunate if the naming and shaming of one or two celebrities were to detract from the investigation and reporting of the really vile going on that occurred. Picking up a young hitchhiker is not really in the same league as ritually torturing children.
Nor, for that matter, is it quite as serious as what Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson may have been up to. The CIA has always believed he was a Soviet spy. When is that story going to be told?
The Boy Who Listened to Rocks
You could get away with almost anything in the 1970s.