The Westminster child abuse ‘coverup’: how much did MPs know?

Michael White in The Guardian:

Robert Armstrong, Thatcher’s cabinet secretary from 1979 to 1987, tells me: “One got to know a certain amount about politicians’ sex lives, but I never heard a whisper about paedophilia.”

The Rochdale Alternative Paper article and reprint in Private Eye came out in 1979.    Is Armstrong seriously claiming not to have been aware of “whispers”?

My reaction to the whole thing was exactly the same as one of the comments:  “This reads like some strange apology.”

Curious article.  I wonder what Michael White – and the Establishment – is really trying to say.