Readers should remember the words of a spokeswoman for the Times newspaper, upon the BBC learning of Akhtar’s supposed ‘clearance’ by the SY Police:
“The police investigation into Mr Akhtar was carried out at the request of Rotherham Council.
“The Times did not accuse Mr Akhtar of committing a criminal offence.
“The article was an accurate report on a public interest matter following an investigation which highlighted failures by Rotherham Council to adequately protect children in its care.”
One might be forgiven for coming to different conclusion, if one were to rely on the press reports alone.
We start with the BBC web report of 21st Nov 2013:
Now the Star of 22nd Nov 2013:
A case of spin rather than substance? Read: Jahangir Akhtar is innocent OK!
No wonder Sajid Bostan would claim:
“We’ve fixed the Council, fixed the Police, fixed the Advertiser and fixed the local BBC!”
More to come later.