During the last few days Rotherham citizens and voters have seen two sessions of questioning of Joyce Thacker and Martin Kimber by Parliamentary Committees. Shaun Wrights questioning by the HASC, yesterdays Council Meeting and today’s Police and Crime panel, that ended with the passing of a no confidence motion in Shaun Wright.
I have listened to it all very carefully and have given this matter some intense analysis.
My conclusions are these:
No one comes out of this with any credit, those who have been involved since the 2005 seminar in particular, have much to answer for.
Their total lack of even curiosity, not one made any inquiries as to progress. They share the blame, for what has happened since, their silence continued the cover-up!
Labour are still not paying sufficient attention to Rotherham and it’s own role in this awful saga, that resulted in the most horrendous abuse and exploitation of many and the death of a vulnerable young person. The death would not have occurred, if the Council and the individual Councillors had not simply turned a blind eye to the activities of the self-imposed Pakistani community leaders and acted, they have had numerous opportunities yet failed the people of our Town
There has now been a catastrophic loss of confidence in the Labour Party itself. A predicament of their own making, that can only be changed if they show the victims that the Labour Party is now on their side instead of acting in the interests of the criminals. It will take a lot more than they have demonstrated so far in their response to rebuild any trust.
Mahroof and various family members and Azzizum Akhtar, have got in front of the television cameras recently, to trot out the Hussain spin, that they knew nothing. It just makes me sick to my stomach, that they should only come out with lies! Part of the abuse and being an integral part of the cover-up would cover it I would say. Why have the Labour Party not acted? Could it have anything to do with the fact that Mahroof is litigious and has form for suing the Party, perhaps?
There are now more investigations proposed to get more lessons from this sorry mess than you can shake a stick at!
I have been mortified by these revelations. No one can be anything other than deeply moved, as the truth is finally coming to light.
I have refrained from adding my personal thoughts until I could make them dispassionately. I have come to the inescapable conclusion that the current Labour Group is not fit for purpose and they should resign forthwith to seek a fresh mandate!
Oliver Cromwell words, cannot be bettered:
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately… Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
Oliver Cromwell’s address to the Rump Parliament (20 April 1653)