Should a Dead Savile Be De-Knighted for Sexual Abuse of Minors?
Betting markets have opened up on who will receive a knighthood in this year’s New Year honours list.
Unsurprisingly all the favourites are either Olympic gold medal winners or where heavily involved in the planning on the 2012 Games, they include Bradley Wiggins (1/8), Danny Boyle (4/6), Ben Ainslie (1/3) and Mo Farah (1/1).
At the same time, much of the UK is now calling for Sir Jimmy Savile to be stripped of his knighthood after dozens of allegations of child abuse were levelled against him in recent weeks.
The campaign is being led by a woman from Manchester, who regularly had sex with the star when she was just 15 years old.
She said that “to hear him still described as Sir Jimmy Savile and still celebrated for his charity work is a slap in the face to those of us he used.”
Savile is believed to have abused young boys and girls across six decades and so far around 70 victims have come forwards to the police.
However, the government has said that they cannot take his knighthood away as he is dead.
Nonetheless, with the growing amount of public pressure, it would not be surprising if some kind of condemning statement is made.