One Cheer For Sir Jimmy

He fumbled and groped and maybe  a lot worse. But it was  long time ago, he is dead and the teenagers who were defiled are now grandmothers. Of course the press are getting their own back on the BBC for phone hacking, BBC journalists have at last got an open season on their managers,politicians always like to turn the tables on the media and the lawyers are just licking their lips and looking at third and fourth homes.

So here are two family stories about Sir Jimmy who lets not forget in-between groping and worse sessions raised at least £40m for charity. So far 160 have stepped forward to say,he did something naughty. Do the math.

First from 1974 to 1992 Savile ran the highly successful TV show Jim’ll Fix It. A member of the public would   put in a request and  Jim as if by magic would get it done. Troops of scouts had their lunch on the Blackpool big dipper,a fan got a small part in a Dr Who episode,a girl got to drop an antique on Antiques Road Show,disabled children got to go Disney Land,someone got to meet Princess Ann. My brother in law tell of his nephew who because  of Sir Jim fixing it.ended up milking a cow  blindfold. All good family stuff.

In 1988 Vivien through her being Princess Diana’s milliner was very high profile. In that year a family in Blackburn contacted the TV show. Their 80 year old mother, Winifred, who had worked all her life as a cleaner had one ambition,to wear the kind of hat  the” fine ladies at Ascot races wear”. Step forward Viv Knowland. She appeared on TV,fitted the hat,cream silk and satin,and the old lady had won more than the lottery,she had fulfilled her life’s ambition.

Winifred died two months later. I hope the family  are writing into the local press to say how much pleasure, child groping ,Jimmy Saville gave their old Mum.

Boarding school in the sixties had few pleasures. But the birth of rock and roll was one. Leading the charge  in this revolution was disc jockey Jimmy Savile. Not least through his Teen and Twenty disc club on Radio Luxembourg. Enterprising members of H dorm had joined this club. We were most proud that our membership number was the one after Elvis Presley.

If there is any problem ,and the medieval mob led by their lawyers dig up the body,I’m happy that it can rest in peace in my garden. By the way I was groped once by my prep school English teacher and once by the tobacconist in Highbury Barn. To say it fucked up my life is putting it mildly. I haven’t had a night’s sleep since.

But on a slightly different tack don’t you get the irony of the BBC executives paying themselves more and more(because they were worth it) while they let Sir Jimmy do his evil deeds and then suppressed the programme that would have exposed  his evil. I see the New York Times is having second thoughts about the Mark Thompson ex BBC top guy taking over.Ha Ha.

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9 Responses to One Cheer For Sir Jimmy

  1. Stephen Levinson says:

    In the hysteria gripping the nation, or at least the journalists of the nation, let’s remember that there is a great gulf between sexual harassment and child abuse. Anecdotal accounts of young women being touched up are being use to explain how generally lax standards were decades ago. This is simply wrong: child abuse was as abhorrent in the 60’s and 70’s as it is now. In all the investigating of institutions these stories should be ignored, they are not relevant to the the issue of abusing children.

    Dead men do not answer back. This does not mean we have less sympathy for any abused person but it does mean that investigations have to be scrupulous. There are bound to be some allegations that cannot be proved and some may be fanciful or invented. Each has to be assessed on their individual merits and not resolved by blanket judgement or assumptions.

  2. itwonthurt says:

    Stephen ,are we on the same side on this?Blimey.

  3. Caroline Yardley says:

    You are so right. Jimmy Savile is dead, the victims have grown up, maybe some scarred, but most have just got on with their lives. The BBC is an easy target and the press love it. The story was just breaking when we went away in September and it is still headline news. Let’s think about something else. Caroline

  4. Stephen Levinson says:

    Looks like it but apologies for ‘answer back’…back to school with that one!

  5. Stephen Dover says:

    Even I was groped in the loo of the Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpar at the age of 12, are there any currently in their 60’s either male or female who were not. It wasn’t right but most parents ignored it.
    Rape or similar was very different.
    We live in a different world now where if a kid falls over you hesitate to pick them up – is that better!
    Like every thing in life there is a balance – finding it is the tricky thing.

  6. itwonthurt says:

    Our slogan should be No Moping On Groping. (see History Boys)There is no balance, pc has overshot, and the lawyers have now put that view into concrete. It maybe like the high tide of Victorian morality one day we can row back but with the lawyers in control it seems in our life time(not much longer) unlikely.

  7. Stephen Levinson says:

    Journalists do love a stereotype (surely ironic? Ed.): leave the lawyer-bashing out for a tad would you. We are not all the same. Have a go at the BBC instead, everyone else is.

    • itwonthurt says:

      As we go round and round on yet another scandal(MP exs,phone hacking,Jimmy Savile) the results are pretty similar. All the institutions involved are exposed,found wanting and diminished. That would be fine if individuals accepted responsibility for their own lives. But they dont. So its a lose,,lose situation. The institutions we rely on are weakened, we delight in their disgrace but we make no effort to individually fill the gap.

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  8. itwonthurt says:

    As we go round and round on yet another scandal(MP exs,phone hacking,Jimmy Savile) the results are pretty similar. All the institutions involved are exposed,found wanting and diminished. That would be fine if individuals accepted responsibility for their own lives. But they dont. So its a lose,,lose situation. The institutions we rely on are weakened, we delight in their disgrace but we make no effort to individually fill the gap.

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