The screwed up, rusty old can of the
government's "Independent" Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been
kicked a further down the road yet again. This time they know they can't get
away with a fourth resignation of the
chairman, so they have instead suspended the chief legal counsel for the case.
Ben Emmerson QC studied law at Oxford
and is an expert in international crime and human rights issues. He is one of
the most expert and experienced solicitors in the country and so was the ideal
choice for the child abuse inquiry when he was appointed in 2014. The inquiry
made a statement that it had "recently
become very concerned about aspects of Ben 's
leadership" without specifying what those concerns are. Mr Emmerson
himself has made no comment. While he is under investigation he probably won't
be allowed to. Nevertheless, there are rumours circulating that Emmerson has
clashed with the new chairwoman, Prof. Alexis Jay, over the direction the
inquiry is taking. I can guess what his concerns might be. The last thing the
inquiry needs, from their point of view, is a whistleblower who goes public
with evidence that the inquiry is deliberately dragging its heels and is set up
to fail. Even if this is not Emerson's intention, this action plays for time.
Child abuse survivors like Ian McFadyen call this a "devastating
blow" and has described progress so far as "catastrophe after
catastrophe". No doubt my friend Brian Clare will feel the same way.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37500878. Emmerson QC
See here for background: https://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/new-chairwoman-to-replace-goddard.html.