Firstly, last week in brief:
Monday last, The Times published the first front page story regarding sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham.
Within a very short time the first out of the blocks, trying to defend the indefensible were South Yorkshire Police, who were all over the local airwaves on Monday, like a rash!
Joyce Thacker on local Radio on Tuesday, tried her best but succeeded in raising more questions, than she provided answers.
Wednesday saw Jahangir Akhtar, the Deputy Leader of Rotherham MBC on the local airwaves that ended up being far more revelatory than he could have intended at the time?
The established narrative by Wednesday, from both Rotherham MBC and South Yorkshire Police, was this is an old problem, we have responded appropriately and this issue is now in the past!
Thursday on Radio Sheffield, featured Andrew Norfolk, whose testimony gave the lie to most of the earlier defences mounted by South Yorkshire Police, Joyce Thacker and Jahangir Akhtar!
Friday brought the Advertiser, a quite wonderful edition, showing the local press at it’s finest! The Advertiser dealt with this most harrowing of issues in a sensitive manner. Their coverage contained much new information as a result of their own investigations, which they published without fear or favour. No doubt, they will have more to report on this scandal, on Friday?
Against last weeks background was also the revelations first from Rochdale, then from Oxford, which tends to lead one to the conclusion, that this is an issue right across the country. Rotherham’s experience is just one example of this phenomenon, there is nothing unique about our Town!
This problem first manifested itself in Rotherham 15 years ago according to Roger Stone, just as the Labour Government were elected and just a handful of years after the now infamous Hillsborough cover-up, by South Yorkshire Police.
A culture of denial, the blaming of the victims and a desire to placate certain interests such as often described under the heading, ‘community cohesion’, seem to have been prime motivation for what appears now, to have been a conspiracy of silence and cover-up!
The fact is, there is no delicate way to describe what is now known, Pakistani men have been engaged in paedophilia, rape and trafficking young children, together with all the attendant crimes involved.
This is a nation-wide problem, Rotherham’s story and that of Oldham, Rochdale and Oxford betray an established pattern of offending.
All of Rotherham’s citizens must have gone through the same emotions during the last week, of shock horror and revulsion! This was confirmed on Sunday, in the Eastern Air broadcast to have deeply shocked the Asian community in the same way as everyone.
No racist should take any comfort, from anything they may read on Rotherham Politics, we abhor intolerance of any kind and we would totally agree with Jahangir Akhtar’s statement on twitter, “Best response to EDL if they come to our town is to ignore them and let the police deal with the racist scum.”
The EDL and others are just trying to provoke a reaction from those opposed to them, the best response therefore is to give them no response! The EDL are coming to Rotherham, they are not from Rotherham! We should take note of that!