Play ‘times were different then‘ soundtrack.
Even as the myth of Lance Armstrong finally crumbles to dust the reputation of a much less successful, ex-road-racer, who took every opportunity to associate with the powerful,
and was known for good works,
has also crashed hard.
Perhaps it’s possible to render the narrative of any life into a story of heroism and victimhood…
Abu Hamza al-Masri; a disabled war-veteran who lost an eye and a hand fighting to liberate Afghanistan from Soviet imperialism?
…but Jimmy ‘Oscar’ Savile may test that theory to breaking point?
I always assumed his ‘charidee‘ work was an alibi for an absence of any discernible talent to entertain but now it’s clear that it also covered more sinister crimes.
In the 1980’s I worked in show business and was told by a young actress, in an idle, time-filling, location conversation, that Savile – already an unfashionable, preposterous figure – “liked pushing little handicapped girls around”. A friend who worked with Anthony Newley who’d been a pop-star in the early 1960’s, passed on the gossip that, when Saville first came to London he was a pimp.
With hearsay rampant how did the reputation of the nonce-case survive? How did he avoid exposure for more than fifty years? In asking this important question nobody has yet denounced the prolific kiddy-fiddler as a cyclist?
Are Tony Parsons, Matthew Parris, Kate Hoey, Petronella Wyatt all on holiday?