I was watching BBC's The Culture Show last night on the resurgence in the Art of Pamphleting, and (apparently) it's just like being back in good-old Victorian England, mideers. All the best writers/journalists are doing it. Pamphleting's a great platform from which to launch a controversial viewpoint or get across a non-mainstream or publisher-unfriendly opinion. It's the latest thing, darling, dontchaknow...
Well, Robert Green is the man behind the Justice for Hollie Greig case; the Down's Syndrome girl who claims to have been systematically used as a child-rape-toy by prominent members of the Scottish establishment. I met Robert at last year's Abel Danger "victory meal", at the Kings Arms here in Oxford (which I arranged) and found him to be a lovely man; soft spoken, considered. He even gave a short interview on camera to Sue Freeman's which was 'live streamed'.
Here's an excerpt from Robert Green's last blog entry before his (kafkaesque) trial:
This week it was announced that Liam Gibson, described as one of Scotland`s most notorious purveyors of child pornography, was spared a jail sentence despite Lothian & Borders Police discovering 50,000 images of child pornography at his home.
In 2009, Douglas Haggarty QC, a senior member of the Legal Aid Board with the responsibility and influence in deciding if I should be granted legal aid, was found to have committed a sexual act with a 17-year-old male prostitute in the public toilet of British Home Stores, St Enoch Centre, Glasgow on a Saturday afternoon at a time when the store was full of families out shopping. Mr Haggarty was not only spared prison, but was allowed to retain his lucrative job in a position of public trust.
In 2001, when Elish Angiolini was busy covering up over Hollie`s allegations, in an unrelated case, a 22-year-old man who admitted to raping a 10-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy was allowed to walk free. This was reported in The Times and The Telegraph in May of that year. Angiolini was subsequently forced into a public apology for her incompetence. This monumental blunder did not prevent her climbing to the highest office in the justice system.