Interesting perspectives, and what I thought would come out.
Surely the purpose of the inquiry is not to re-hash the criminal investigation, but rather find out why that investigation seemed to be somewhat flawed.
I cannot imagine that this should be the forum for the Care Leavers Association to revisit every single complaint again? Hasn't that been done, and in any event, wouldn't that harm their claims for compensation (which I presume they are pursuing courtesy of mainland lawyers).
Surely the purpose ought to be to establish why the investigation seemingly got out of our control, why the media seemed to be "tuned up" to spin a story of deviance and murder which couldn't be delivered?
Should it seek to identify what political motivations (if any) were behind the approach and (alleged) suppression of allegations previously?
Should it not seek to understand why, despite the hype from Lenny Harper, so few convictions were actually secured, and what role the media played?
Should it look at why the BBC was happy to repeat innuendo and gossip as fact and cause this to be repeated and amplified around the world, causing untold damage?
What about the actual substance of those allegations? Do they stand up to examination or is that why the trials were not as stellar as Lenny predicted?
Why wasn't Lenny forced to come back and finish what he started?
Why did he leave part way through?
What was the Blessed Saint's role and motive in all this?
Or, is it an inquiry into why care services where the way the were in the 1950s? (bit complex that one - "because that was the state of the art then")
As an aside; on the subject of judges in brothels as brought up by Chevalier Blanc - are you forgetting Lillie Langtry who is alleged to have said, "It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses" (if, of course, that it is legal)?
Just a thought....