Spot the difference

    Last week’s row over the release of the Scott report brought
    back fond memories of another controversial inquiry – into alleged
    child abuse in Orkney.

    The similarities are striking. Like Labour’s Robin Cook and the
    Liberal Democrats’ Menzies Campbell, journalists were kept in a
    sealed room at the Scottish Office and given just a short time to
    absorb the the huge Orkney report.

    And, like Scott, everyone else had to wait until Ian Lang, then
    Scottish Secretary, rose to his feet in the Commons before the
    report was released.

    Still, the Orkney report was never intended to judge the truth
    or falsity of the abuse allegations.

    As for the Scott report, you can judge for yourselves.

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