Welcome to another week.
Despite the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse’s best efforts to tackle mounting allegations, old thoughts and ideas about public inquiries live on, with some still claiming that its work is doomed to fail.
Those in favour of the Inquiry say that it will give victims a voice and give them the chance to unburden themselves of terrible truths they’ve had to live with for decades. Inquiries can also vindicate survivors who have alleged abuse, and bring individuals who have committed terrible crimes to justice.
Those against the nation’s Inquiry into child sexual abuse take the view that inquiry panels are nothing more than Whitehall’s puppets, forced to find whatever they’re told to, regardless of the truth. Many of those accused are also now dead, which can compromise subsequent investigations and potentially tilt the right to a fair trial the wrong way. Cost too is often mentioned as a concern, with large-scale inquiries often costing millions of pounds.
Our question this week, then, is simple: do you think the nation’s Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse can deliver?