What do we really know about Times editor, Daniel Finkelstein?
At first glance he appears to be no more than a Tory researcher and journalist, who loves to tweet nonsense as @Dannythefink.
Look a little closer though and an altogether more disturbing picture emerges of a warped apologist for VIP paedophiles.
Between 1981 and 1990 Finkelstein was a member of the SDP and in 1987 was defeated in the Brent East by-election.
It’s highly likely he came across child-raping filth, Cyril Smith MP.
Finkelstein switched political allegiance and joined the Tories, where he became political advisor to bald oddity, William Hague.
Hague himself is up to his neck in filth of the highest order and may have lots to tell the authorities about his links to the notorious Dolphin Square boy-brothel and the North Wales care-home scandal.
He was also the toy-boy of Margaret Thatcher, who spent a staggering amount of time with close chum, Jimmy Savile.
Some voices claim that Jill Dando was shot in the head because she was about to blow the lid on the BBC paedophile-ring, linked to Savile, Parliament and the Royals.
Her high-profile death was a warning to others to keep their mouth shut too.
The Crimestoppers helpline, run by Nick Ross, conveniently stopped working when an appeal was made for information about Jill’s murder.
Ross, who recently said he’d watch child-porn given half the chance, is married to the cousin of Esther Rantzen.
Rantzen runs the Childline charity and has been accused of ignoring the victims of Savile at the BBC.
Some voices claim that both organisations are used to gather and suppress reports of VIP child-abuse.
According to the Spectator:
” Lord Finkelstein is closer by far to George Osborne. One senior Times writer told me three years ago that he spoke ‘six or seven times a day. probably more’ to the Chancellor. Mr Osborne once reportedly remarked that he spoke to Mr Finkelstein more often then he did to his wife. But when Mr Osborne appeared in front of Lord Justice Leveson, the following exchange occurred:
Q. ‘Does he [Finkelstein] act for you as a sort of unpaid adviser and/or speech writer?’
A. ‘No, he’s just a very good friend.’
Osbourne has been embroiled in his own scandals after details emerged of his cocaine-habit and love of brothels.
In 2005, the BBC held a debate in response to the 7/7 bombings:
” To the Everyman Cinema last night with Tom Brent for a public meeting on current affairs. BBC presenter Emily Maitlis chaired a brisk discussion in which Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, outshone distinguished panelists Sir Leon Brittan, Simon Hughes, and Daniel Finkelstein.”
Brittan and Hughes have both been linked to sordid allegations of abuse against boys.
Was Finkelstein aware of these allegations?
For many years, Daniel Finkelstein ran a company called ‘The Generation of Change Ltd’ with Neil Sherlock.
Sherlock became Nick Clegg’s special adviser in his private office and his wife, Kathryn Parminter, used to work as a parliamentary research assistant for Simon Hughes.
Nick Clegg has been accused of covering-up what he knew about Cyril Smith and his child-raping ways.
In 2012, for some unknown reason, Finkelstein wrote an article for the Times, entitled, ‘The dead can’t enter a plea of guilty’.
The article appeared to cast doubt on the abuse claims made against Cyril Smith and Jimmy Savile:
” Cyril Smith may have been a monster. But until we have reliable evidence we must not rush to judgment . Can I ask you a question? How do you know, really know, that Jimmy Savile is guilty of child abuse? The truth, let’s face it, is that you don’t. You are like me. You’ve perhaps heard one or two TV interviews with victims. You’ve read the odd article including some fairly damning quotes. You’ve gathered that there is a police investigation and that, as a result, a number of famous people have been arrested, although oddly always in connection with allegations that have nothing to do with Savile.
And, most of all, you’ve heard people say that he always looked a little fishy and that come to think of it it was a dead giveaway that he always waltzed around in one of those gold lamé tracksuits that paedos love to wear. And that hair. And “now then, now then”. He definitely did it.
Let’s take the case of the Liberal MP Cyril Smith…If Cyril Smith committed these crimes then he is a monster. But I am still attached to that vital word “if”. People in this country are innocent until proven guilty. We cling to that notion: it is a life raft, we have to cling to it.
Yes, the police think he is guilty and the police are worthy of respect. But the police always think the people they charge with offences are guilty; that is why they charge them. Policing proceeds by identifying a suspect and then building the strongest possible case against them. And the more time the police spend on the case, the more convinced they become….every innocent person needs to know they live in a society of due process and the rule of law. And that they can die in peace, without being taken to court in their coffin“.
The following anonymous comments were left on a blog, detailing the case of Labour Peer, Greville Janner:
” After accusing Janner of paedophilic behaviour with a teenager, care worker, Frank Beck was arrested and charged with the sexual and physical abuse of children in his care over a thirteen-year period. At his trial Beck stated that: –
“One child has been buggered and abused for two solid years by Greville Janner“.
Immediately after this, Janner who just happens to be, ironically, a long time member of the boy scouts association, and Sir David Napley, his solicitor, went to Police headquarters in Leicester.
Whereupon, the following statement was issued: “We have advised Mr. Janner that he is prevented from making any statement at this stage”. Shortly afterwards, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alan Green, let it be known that “for lack of evidence”, Janner would not be prosecuted, even though Paul Winston, who was just thirteen when he and Janner first met, was able to describe Janner‘s home, the hotel rooms they had shared, and Janner’s habits and person in detail.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, himself, was arrested for kerb-crawling in Kings Cross a little while later. Green had come to the attention of the police previously for this same misdemeanour and was quietly given a formal warning. The scandal prompted his resignation from public office and the suicide of his wife.”
Daniel Finkelstein must have been aware of the accusations against Janner but, for some unknown reason, posted the following tweet:
” Watching Greville Janner in 1970 election prog. Attractive, incisive, intelligent, moderate. How did he not end up one of Lab’s leaders?”
The two were also listed together in the JC as being highly influential in their respective fields:
Following the death of Jill Dando, a new research centre in her name was formed:
” The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science is the first Institute in the world devoted to Crime Science. Research is concentrated on new ways to cut crime and increase security ” .
By a strange twist, the Board of the Institute is run by none other than Nick Ross and Professor Anthony Finkelstein.
Anthony Finkelstein is Daniel Finkelstein’s brother.
How very, very strange indeed.
The clock is ticking on Britain’s dirty secrets.
It’s only a matter of time…