Thank you to Keith Vaz, the Home Affairs Committee, Ann Cryer, Andrew Norfolk and the many others who are doing their best to expose and reduce the sexual abuse of children through grooming in Rotherham and other British towns.
And then of course there is the Rotherham political roll call of shame. Roger Stone, Shaun Wright and Paul Lakin all of whom were in positions of power, who should have been able to help the young victims. Were they so totally out of touch, and if so why do we pay them? Then there are the fools, courtesans and self deceivers.
The Rotherham Council Labour Group members who refused to scrutinise and hold their leaders to account, the ones who voted against a proposal to call for a national enquiry and the men who in private called the victims ‘slappers’ and denigrated those who proposed the motion.
Of course there is Akhtar and his infamously propounding the ‘myths’ surrounding grooming and child sex abuse. His unconvincing repetitions of what the Council has done right since, denials that it could happen again and slandering those who question him as Islamaphobic.
Now is time for the Labour Party to come and clean out its Rotherham stables once and for all. After all, who allowed Shaun Wright to be their candidate for Police Commissioner? They managed stop Mahroof becoming the PPC, because while totally innocent he was simply the wrong colour. Whereas Shaun the Sheep, the man in charge gets the nomination for a top job.
Elements of this scandal may go national if Labour fail to act. Labour’s tacit flattering of Pakistani biraderi networks to garner votes starts to appear more shady in the context of its failures to tackle grooming.