Home office ‘covered up racism of abuse judge’
Questions for May as Lowell Goddard accused over paedophile inquiry
Whitehall officials close to Theresa May were accused last night of “covering up” allegations of misconduct, including racist remarks, against the judge in charge of Britain’s biggest public inquiry.
Home Office staff and advisers received warnings about Dame Lowell Goddard’s offensive behaviour in her role as chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) but did not end her “catastrophic” leadership.
Dame Lowell, 67, finally quit in August after 18 months. It is claimed that her aggressive and abusive conduct at times reduced the inquiry’s operation to “near paralysis”. Last night, her lawyers denied all the allegations.
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Disaster from Down Under
The story of Dame Lowell Goddard’s leadership of the child sex abuse inquiry will be seen as proof that the establishment cannot police itself
Abusive. Racist. Appalling. Intolerable. Catastrophic. The adjectives allegedly used by insiders to describe Dame Lowell Goddard speak volumes of the frustration that she engendered among colleagues. The New Zealand judge hired last year to run the £100 million national child sex abuse inquiry has been branded a bigot who was out of her depth on some questions of English law.
Dame Lowell’s unsuitability for the post was clear within weeks to those working for her, as The Times reveals today. This raises serious questions about why she was ever appointed. Still more troubling is the fact that she was allowed to remain in charge of the inquiry for 18 months by the home secretary at the time, Theresa May, who hired her and who alone had the power to dismiss her.
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