When Operation Conifer was activated, primarily, but not exclusively, to consider ongoing concerns about the conduct of Sir Edward Heath, there was a great outcry from supporters of Sir Edward, including many politicians, from senior legal figures and from certain journalists of the mainstream media.
As rumours of the former Prime Minister`s sexual behaviour towards minors had been circulating widely for decades, one would have expected that Sir Edward`s many supporters would have thoroughly approved of a proper police investigation that would clearly have served to exonerate Sir Edward and help in quelling the persistent negative speculation – that is, if no grounds existed to cast reasonable suspicion upon Sir Edward, as his supporters continuously claimed.
However, Sir Edward`s supporters did not approve of the investigation at all, exemplified by relentless vicious smears against the senior investigating officer, Chief Constable Mike Veale, then of Wiltshire Police, who was only leading the national operation simply because Sir Edward had been a resident of that county.
Chief Constable Veale was very much the focus of such unjustified threats and attacks, despite the fact that he was merely carrying out his duty as a police officer in collating and evaluating the evidence placed before him.
Who could possibly object to that?
In due course, others became secondary targets of attack, including me, once it had been discovered that I had supplied Operation Conifer with a copy of the RAINS list, which contained expertly collated evidence about Sir Edward and others, including certain mainstream journalists.
So the question remains, why was Chief Constable Veale so wickedly attacked before he and his fellow officers had even had the opportunity of reaching a fair and professional conclusion, based on all the evidence presented to them from around the country, including from 14 police forces?
In their obvious frantic attempts to curtail the investigation long before its conclusion, did those responsible actually know that Sir Edward may be in trouble?