Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London
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Often it is the conspiracy and the cover up that is worse than the original scandal. I am not sure whether that will apply to the notorious Elm Guest House in Richmond, south west London if it really was a mecca for child sexual abuse as well as a bed and breakfast for consenting gay couples.
However the decision of the independent inquiry to focus on this as one of six major strands of the Westminster investigations into alleged paedophile activity next year is very welcome.
The inquiry is also being careful to avoid findings of fact on whether any of the survivors and complainants were sexually abused or not by concentrating on whether there were cover ups when people reported sexual abuse in the 1980s and 1990s.
That is why it is good that the inquiry has…
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