Labour Speaks Out, but not in Rotherham!

Labour Speaks Out, but not in Rotherham!

Extremely disappointing to see one of our local politicians refer to the Times reporting of the Rotherham child abuse scandal on their Twitter account as being sensationalist.

I fail to understand why any right minded individual would describe the incidents listed in this article and the many others  reported in the Times as being sensationalist, for me it sums up the morally bankrupt civic mindset of RMBC Labour Councillors and its Officers.

In the absence of any meaningful or constructive comment from anyone in the Rotherham Labour Party this from Peter Watt on Labour Uncut.


The Rotherham grooming case shows the dangers of confusing criminality with culture
By Peter Watt

If you are a parent then there are some things that scare you more than others.  Someone else hurting your children is pretty high up that list.

The details emerging from Rotherham over the last few months about the systematic abuse of young girls are truly the stuff of parental nightmare.  But it’s all made worse because it now seems that for over ten years those charged with protecting children and young people failed.  In fact worst of all, they decided to look the other way!

They made a choice; protect children in the face of overwhelming evidence of sexual abuse and cruelty or worry more about some misconceived notion of “cultural sensitivities”, as if there is any culture where rape is acceptable.

They chose the latter.

It is important to say that the Times (£) has led the way in exposing both the abuse and the cover up.  And some of the details that they have uncovered from confidential reports are some of the most shocking that you can imagine.

The documents revealed by the Times give details of events over the years for which no one was prosecuted such as:
fifty-four Rotherham children were linked to sexual exploitation by three brothers from one British Pakistani family, 18 identifying one brother as their “boyfriend” and several allegedly made pregnant by him;
a 14-year-old girl from a loving, supportive family was allegedly held in a flat and forced to perform sex acts on five men, four of them Pakistani, plus a 32-year-old Iraqi Kurd. She gave a filmed police interview and identified her abusers;
one girl, 15, spent days in hospital after a broken bottle was allegedly forced inside her by two young British Pakistani men in a park, causing her to bleed extensively;
a 13-year-old girl was found at 3am with disrupted clothing in a house with a large group of Asian men who had fed her vodka. A neighbour reported the girl’s screams. Police arrested the child for being drunk and disorderly but did not question the men.

But the police and local authorities knew – and did nothing!

As the Times says:

“A confidential 2010 report by the police intelligence bureau warning that thousands of such crimes were committed in the county each year.

It contains explosive details about the men responsible for the most serious, co-ordinated abuse. ‘Possibly the most shocking threat is the existence of substantial and organised offender networks that groom and exploit victims on a worrying scale,’ the report says.

‘Practitioners throughout the force state there is a problem with networks of Asian offenders both locally and nationally. This was particularly stressed in Sheffield and even more so in Rotherham, where there appears to be a significant problem with networks of Asian males exploiting young white females.’ Such groups are said to have trafficked South Yorkshire child victims’ to many other cities, including Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Dover”.

But nothing was done; why?  Well, in 2010 the Rotherham safeguarding children board produced another report.  The board is made up of senior representation from local schools, social services, voluntary sector and the police.  Now remember that no one had been prosecuted but enough was clearly known and there were enough concerns for a report to be commissioned into what had been going on, in fact still was going on.  They helpfully noted that the crimes (presumably they meant alleged) had:
“cultural characteristics . . . which are locally sensitive in terms of diversity.”

And for the avoidance of doubt as to where priorities lay:

“There are sensitivities of ethnicity with potential to endanger the harmony of community relationships. Great care will be taken in drafting . . . this report to ensure that its findings embrace Rotherham’s qualities of diversity. It is imperative that suggestions of a wider cultural phenomenon are avoided.”

So scores of girls aged 12 – 16 from a small geographical area are groomed, gang raped and then intimidated into silence by a small group of men of Pakistani origin and:

“It is imperative that suggestions of a wider cultural phenomenon are avoided.”

What bloody planet are these people on?  No one is suggesting that all Pakistani men are rapists for god’s sake. There is nothing genetic or cultural about criminality.

But a sick and distorted sense of political and cultural sensitivity allowed criminals to go unprosecuted and worse the horror to continue for years for young girls in Rotherham.

The irony is that this “culturally sensitive” approach will be seen as manna from heaven to the racists who will surely exploit this to the max.

Sadly the voices of most local families of Pakistani origin won’t be heard.  Their horror, their sense of shame about an incredibly small and nasty group of misogynist men from their community, will be missed by many.

And in reality they were also let down by the decisions taken by the local police and local authorities.   Local MP Dennis MacShane has been a refreshingly strong voice this week saying:

“There’s a culture here of denial and cover-up and a refusal to accept the reality that we have men living in the Rotherham community who treat young girls as objects for their sexual pleasure. It’s time to tell the truth. We must root out this evil.”

He is right.  Andrew Mitchell may well be a pompous prat who is rude to policeman.  Nick Clegg may have been making another ‘make or break speech’.  But please can we get a sense of priority!  The really big story this week has been the uncovering of what surely must be one of the most shocking and largest scale child abuse scandals ever?  And quite frankly it is that that we should be getting hot under the collar about and demanding a full public enquiry into.

Or is industrial scale rape simply not newsworthy enough?

Peter Watt was general secretary of the Labour Party

8 thoughts on “Labour Speaks Out, but not in Rotherham!

  1. I applaud Mr Watt for this sensible perspective, except I wouldn’t be so quick to heap praise on Denis MacShane.
    He’s saying the right things now but, as we’ve all observed, this is too little too late.
    It smacks of damage limitation. Had it come a few weeks earlier, he could have claimed some credit, but not now.
    This blog provides some reassurance that the failings are not because the decision-makers at RMBC are Labour but because they are succumbing to some warped kind of localised group-think on the issue that is skewing their judgement and their integrity. Whoever is advising them on the “lines to take” is taking them further and further into the mire because they now look dishonest as well as incompetent.
    Labour councillors in Rotherham should take note of Peter Watt’s comments and accept their grave mistakes. Do the right thing: apologise and resign. Let more able people take your places.


  2. Excuse me peter Wat but Denis McHSame a refreshingly strong voice? Why in the name of |God are you backing him up? He only decided to say something when it looked like it might impinge on his cosy little number. It cannot be denied that so far these asllegations of child sex trafficking have originated in Labour controlled authorities. It also cannot be denied that Labour top brass are bery coy about it all those even they must know. This whole lefty culture of political correctness has ruined community relations. Parts of Rotherham are turning into a simmering powder keg because of the influx of asyum seekers, refugees and economic migrants and when the current scandal has finally died down, we can all happily wait for the next. Rotheham Labour party will do anything, repeat,anything to stay in power, bewcause they are petrified of what may come out of the woodwork. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.


  3. Let’s not pretend that MacShame knew nothing about this, was he too busy claiming umpteen laptops at the time? Or getting silly portraits (caricatures) made of himself? (see pathetic Twitter pic) Everyone who knew that these despicable individuals were abusing children need to be named and shamed! No one should escape justice, sack each and every one of the rotten lot!
    Cerberus, I too saw the offensive tweet which, to me implies that the publishing of this information was all hyperbole- nonsense and completely inappropriate.


  4. I am sadden to feel that so many people knew and didnt see to care about the children out of a missed guided view that it was more important to protect these criminals rather than out children. It has done nothing for harmony in Rotherham so all they managed to do was create tensions that were not there before. As for Mr MacShane its a photo op nothing more. Everyone involved should get the sack but no doubt they won’t. Also i have lived in Rotherham for many years but now i really don’t feel my children are safe here. South Yorkshire police are not very good at dealing with child abuse in Rotherham, It took them 2 weeks to come and see my child when my child disclosed at school, then weeks after to do any other investagating. I can honestly say not one member of the South Yorkshire Police i met during that terrible time seemed interested at all. Shame on you R.M.B.C and S.Y.P. You have done every resident in Rotherham a huge dis service


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