The 1984 “Cabinet Minister Scandal”Posted: April 19, 2014
This is a vital collection of clippings from the time when an alleged cabinet ministerial scandal, involving child abuse, made it into the press for a short period.
The ‘Cabinet Minister scandal’ ran for exactly one week at the height of the Miner’s Strike, 21st June-28th June 1984. It started with a denial in The Times, and ended with libel threats and an MP being gagged by the Speaker of the House of Commons. It was never mentioned again in British newspapers.
If the Thatcher government believed the ‘MI5 smear’ story, then why wasn’t there an inquiry into MI5’s alleged role in the scandal?
The way the Thatcher government dealt with the scandal was similar to the way the Elm Guest House scandal was suppressed in August 1982. That story made the headlines for 10 days before the Attorney General joined forces with Elm Guest House’s lawyers to threaten libel action against any newspapers that dared to print further allegations. Elm Guest House: The History of a Cover-Up.
The Times, 21st June 1984
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