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Savile shows worst of society

The media have made the Jimmy Savile allegations the greatest story on earth, displacing the US election, Islamist terror and even global warming.

Yet with Savile dead, damned and gone for ever, it is hard to see any real benefit coming out of this farrago, which is awash in malice, vilification, exaggeration and litigation.

Clearly, nothing has changed since Lord Macaulay wrote two centuries ago, "We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality."


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