Friday, December 5, 2014

Cover-up: Jeremy Thorpe Scandal a Lucky Break for Cyril Smith

Norman Scott, the man whom Jeremy Thorpe was accused of trying to murder, has today warned that Thorpe’s forthcoming funeral will be an occasion for political bigwigs to gloss over the extraordinary events of the 1960s and 1970s.

“The establishment will all turn up at the funeral,” he told me today.  Scott says he’s especially upset at the way senior Liberal Democrats such as Davis Steel, and Sir Nick Harvey, one of Thorpe’s successors as MP for North Devon, have paid warm tributes to Thorpe.

In 1979, Jeremy Thorpe went on trial at the Old Bailey accused of a conspiracy to murder Scott.  It was an extraordinary story, in which a hit-man, Andrew Newton, ended up shooting dead Norman Scott’s Great Dane Rinka.  Newton also threatened to kill Scott himself, as a part of a conspiracy by Thorpe and a group of friends to silence him.  (more...)

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