Tangled Web Indeed!

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

Sir Walter Scott, from his poem Marmion.

Almost as soon as Yvonne Ridley’s candidacy for the Respect Party in the Rotherham by-election was announced, she found herself under attack on twitter, from a huge number of recently created accounts! Later, some of these same trolls turned their attention on Rotherham Politics by attempting to leave comments that were less than complimentary or sometimes grossly defamatory. This attack did not stop with the by-election, but continues to this day and at the current count of these rejected attempts, stands at 138.

We all made the assumption back in November, that this was a Labour Party ‘dirty tricks’ campaign. Deniable, but nevertheless a party operation, all the same.

Recent experience has revealed a different explanation. We were wrong, it was not a Labour operation, but a much smaller group entirely dedicated to defending the reputations of just a few, senior members of RMBC.

This web ‘dirty tricks’ operation was inspired by Cllr ‘Moofy’ Hussain and Jahangir ‘ASBO’ Akhtar and a small cohort of supporters, nephews and others. They have been joined recently, by no less a person, than Don Buxton.

The attention seems to have moved from twitter to WordPress blogging. The first iteration of which, lasted less than a week before being taken down. It was hilarious! Especially when someone took the figure of speech ‘fall on their sword’ literally, and actually accused Yvonne Ridley of wanting to ‘impale’ someone on a real sword! As I said it was hilarious, it’s basic motivations were nevertheless clearly apparent for all to see.

The second iteration, is at the same web address as was used for the first, namely http://www.rothbradpolitics.wordpress.com, apparently now being run by a Johnathan (sic) Simmons? It appears to be a more modest operation thus far, with only 9 followers and even using multiple identities, few commenters. It is not the intention of Rotherham Politics to engage in some kind of dialogue with this website as it is built on deception and lies and therefore cannot be relied upon.

Confirmation of the involvement of one of Moofy’s nephews, came this morning with a comment that purported to be from an ordinary person, but came from a source previously only ever used, by Vakas Hussain, Moofys nephew! Additionally someone calling themselves A Patel, has just left a comment, the source again relates one that has previously only been used for trolling purposes. I have approved these comments on Why did Labour overlook Mahroof Hussain – Further Speculation? for your enlightenment.

“It has only just struck me this afternoon that Akhtar is losing the plot now. Not with ‘Rosie’ but with RothBradPol itself. 
I’d thought it strange that there was no mention anywhere else about the meeting of the Crime Panel today, apart from the one on RothBradPol.  On looking again, and clicking Tweet, whose name should it be from but @Jahangir Akhtar !
If you go to Tweet any of the other posts on RBP  the name who the tweet is from is ‘RothBradpol1’
That was the first account they made and something went wrong with it I think , hence Johnathan Simmons. They will soon be running out of names to choose that do not have a direct link to themselves !”
Maltbyblogger by Email

Why did Labour overlook Mahroof Hussain – Further Speculation?

This is another contribution in the debate as to why Mahroof Hussain MBE was rejected by his own party for the Rotherham Constituency.

The Labour Party, for quite some time now, has demonstrated a marked reluctance to present the electorate with by-election candidates having any background in local government. Especially so in northern ‘Heartland’ seats, it would seem.

The Labour Party also has a long and proud tradition, of ignoring the local members in the Rotherham Constituency. That is, after all, how MacShane became the Rotherham Member of Parliament in the first place!

Vaz, Watson and Eagle were members of the Labour Party National Executive shortlisting committee, who had a panel of ten potential candidates including Mahroof Hussain to consider and interview.

It then came as a shock therefore to everyone, who thought Mahroof was nailed on for Rotherham! The NEC committee came up with, an ‘all women shortlist’ of just two! Not including the latest ‘favourite son’, Mahroof Hussain.

Neither of the shortlisted prospective candidates had experience of local government or therefore any ‘baggage’ to come back and haunt them. The ‘clean break’ Sarah Champion was eventually selected with thirteen votes to her name.

Keith Vaz, I should remind readers, is the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), who are currently pursuing an investigation into the child exploitation problem in Rotherham and elsewhere.

The other factor in his exclusion from the shortlist, may well have been his record?

Close scrutiny of Mahroof Hussain’s record, reveals a history which is woeful at best, negligent at worst! Never any real action, but there is always a photographer on hand to at least make it look as though he has done something, for his website? This man’s record in reality is anything but good! ‘Councillor Look, Duck and Vanish MBE, is an apt title for his basic approach, we have discovered.

He has been responsible for community cohesion, as a cabinet member, during the disgraceful period of complete inaction, deprecated by Keith Vaz. Maybe Mahroof should be called to give evidence before the HASC to explain his pitiful lack of appropriate action!

Vaz may also wish to explore with Mahroof, the true nature of racism and Islamaphobia?

Mahroof Hussain and Jahangir Akhtar have rather arcane and idiosyncratic interpretations of what they actually mean and have imposed their strange interpretations on those in RMBC engaged with child protection. This is the problem Vaz must get to the bottom of and which lies at the heart, of the very issue he is investigating!

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

This deeply worrying headline is doing the rounds on social media networks including Twitter, what is being suggested here?

That the Rotherham child victims lied about being sexually abused?

That the Social Workers working with the abused children lied?

The parents of the child victims lied?

That national and local journalists covering the Rotherham abuse scandal lied?

Words fail me, a total disgrace.

Ralph Tipping

See also: Exposing the truth on child exploitation in Rotherham

Rotherham sex grooming case makes Wikipedia

Rotherham is getting famous, spotted by Cerberus:

Rotherham sex grooming case, Wikipedia.

RMBC admits failure!

This from a statement attributed to the Deputy Leader of RMBC Cllr Jahangir Ahktar:

“We have considerably strengthened arrangements in Rotherham following concerns that some licensed private hire / hackney carriage drivers were associated with suspected Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).”

So if I interpret the civic waffle RMBC had historically failed to apply appropriate levels of governance and scrutiny to the taxi trade in Rotherham.

What if Andrew Norfolk had not exposed RMBC for what it is, a weak, uncaring council would RMBC even bothered to take steps to protect the public from individuals with dubious backgrounds?

It would be very interesting to know, if any Taxi or private hire driver has appealed to overturn a licensing decision to remove their license and if any Councillors lobbied for the return of the license.




Email just in :

  • Child sex abuse/grooming in Rotherham‏

maggiegodf​rey (maggiegodfrey@btinternet.com)

The training session that I attended was held on 5 December at the Eric Manns Building in Rotherham ..A further 3 sessions are being held during February and early March.  Each session is being delivered jointly by the Manager of the RMBC Child Sexual Exploitation Team and South Yorkshire Police. 

The training is designed to be interactive and allow time for questions and debate so is best delivered in small groups of around 16 participants.  I understand that there was never any intention of delivering this type of training to a room of 63 members at one time and hence why 4 separate sessions have been arranged.
 I trust this answers your query.
 Councillor Maggie Godfrey
Thankyou Cllr Godfrey for your response. Now we just need to know who is the “Manager of the RMBC Child Sexual…

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