The latest round of paedophile scandal rumbles on, now featuring the return of the safely dead Sir Cyril Smith:
He also told them Sir Cyril had been pushing for Knowl View to be placed under Local Management of Special Schools, which would take it out of Rochdale council control to be completely managed by the governing body.
Mr Digan told the Observer: "My concern was that Cyril Smith was chairman of governors with 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to vulnerable children.
"I worked there for a long time and the stories about Cyril resonated throughout the building.
"I knew we were going towards LMSS and I didn't want it to be a paedophile sweet shop."
Adds a whole new dimension to the free school debate, not to mention the CRB reform proposals.
Not that LEAs have proven particularly effective at protecting children, as we’ve seen. But that setup requires that people who would expolit it establishing extensive protective networks across relevant agencies, which in itself tends to stimulate conspiracy theorizing, thereby generating an extra protective layer of disbelief. On the other hand, if you can control a given institution as a fiefdom answerable only to distant central government via some quiescent arms length accreditation agency...well, then, yes: sweet shop is the phrase that comes to mind.