The Home Office has announced that Lady Butler-Sloss, a retired judge and former president of the family division, will chair the child abuse inquiry. Downing Street said she was "a very strong appointment". The prime minister's spokesman said:
It is the very wide respect that her professional expertise as well as her personal integrity commands that makes her a very strong appointment for this role. It is the width and breadth of her experience that counts.
At the home affairs committee Vaz asked Sedwill if he thought the fact that Butler-Sloss was a member of the Lords, and that her late brother, Lord Havers, was Lord Chancellor, could make it hard for her to investigate allegations potentially involving peers and senior member of the judiciary. But Sedwill replied:
She is a woman of unimpeachable integrity ... Anyone who's every dealt with her would not question for a second the integrity, capability, intelligence and rigour that she will bring to this job.
She ruled that the child killers of toddler James Bulger should be entitled to lifelong anonymity
She overrode the wishes of the parents whose 15-year-old daughter, already a mother, sought an abortion
She dismissed an appeal by millionaire racehorse owner Ivan Allan against an order that his former mistress, Glory Anne Clibbery, should be allowed to reveal details of their relationship
She blocked a mother's attempt to have her 29-year-old mentally disabled daughter sterilised
She blocked a man's legal battle to see a test-tube baby daughter, who was conceived after his relationship with the mother broke up.
In 1999 she said she supported the adoption of children by gay couples, although she did not go so far as to advocate a change in the law.
MPaedophiles should expect no mercy from her then.
Lady Butler-Sloss, Doyenne of Divorce, is Patron of the Marriage Foundation. Why not put Dracula in charge of a blood bank?