It was back on July 7th that Tess May stood up and said she was going to set up an inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales. We have all witnessed delay after delay primarily with the need to find a new chair on two occasions.
High Court judge Lowell Goddard has been named the new head of the inquiry but, far more importantly, it will now have statutory powers which means it can compel witnesses it requires to actually attend to give evidence and has powers to force them to provide evidence.
It also helps that Judge Goddard has experience in this field as she led an inquiry into police handling of child abuse cases down in New Zealand. So she has knowledge of the experiences that some survivors may have been through as well as how professionals present their evidence. Very useful for someone in charge of such a sensitive inquiry.