Time for change?
Without any shadow of a doubt one of the most pathetic explanations of why a council failed to act and protect children as young as 12 years old from rape you could ever witness.
With Champion the towns new MP and Stone sat in the public seats, Kimber and Thacker tried miserably to defend the indefensible.
The apology came nowhere near the full and frank omission that this council failed so many vulnerable children.
Having the paper records of who knew what and when may inform the debate, it will not explain why when provided with intelligence from children on who was abusing them the council used the politically correct words, community cohesion to influence their inadequate response to protecting these children.
Champion in her media interviews took the party line, that was history, lessons have been learned, the council is moving on, really, so why have only 13 RMBC counillors taken the opportunity to sign up to child exploitation briefing sessions?
Have Cllrs Gerald Smith, Ken Wyatt, Simon Currie, Ian Barron and Richard Russell signed up to the briefing sessions?
So why did RMBC allow children to be abused?
Could it be that because certain aggressive councillors abused their position to intimidate any officer/care professional who even suggested that this crime in Rotherham was linked to Pakistani men were labeled as a racist and subsequently children in Rotherham were failed by the services that should have protected them.
A member of the HASC raised the role of taxi drivers; tell me RMBC just how robust have you been in policing the conduct of Private Hire companies and their drivers to stop child sexual exploitation?
Kimbers weak and ill informed response tells me that because of community cohesion and the influence of certain aggressive councilors the council has not and will not be taking any action against taxi companies.
There is something morally bankrupt with this council, it’s time for change!