LP Central would never willingly have held an inquiry into their Rotherham Constituencies, if that’s what we have.
Despite mounting evidence from such as the report of Keith Vaz’s Home Affairs Committee, the Andrew Norfolk articles and a number of complaints by individual members it took a blast of seismic juddering scale to force their hand.
Ignoring those previous warnings puts them on the edge of complicity. Remember that Central and Regional party figures welcoming Akhtar back in after his conviction for violence, shows how short sighted and incompetent LP Central can be. Many within the local party warned them about him, but the sugar rush of the biraderi controlled vote blurred their thinking.
The LP don’t have the experience among their officers to run a balanced and forensic quality of inquiry. Nor do they have the resources in terms of staff. Maybe they laughed at the Lib Dems and their failings in dealing with Lord Rennard, but in a slow burn way I think they may find themselves in even deeper water here in Rotherham.
We hear the term party machine, and that is what the officers of the Party form, a machine solely designed to bring in the vote. It’s no more designed to get at the truth, or be nice to victims than a spanner is designed to bake cakes. Think of them as local governors in the Roman Empire, there to ensure the electorate is harvested and the peasants don’t revolt the young things at HQ too much.
They aren’t even interested in Rotherham Council or their local Councillors, thinking them a smelly, crude, ignorant and misogynistic bunch. That is why they sent Sarah here to spray deodoriser around the place. If they lose Council seats here it will barely register with HQ. They have bigger fish to fry.
Rotherham does present problems for LP Central, and two stand out as big ticket issues with inbuilt tensions, issues that could impact nationally..
1. At some date over the next six months it is likely that 25 young women will go to Court regarding the Councils failure to protect them. Names will be named, as will taxi firms, officers, landlords, policeman and if the rumours are true maybe even more politicians. The evidence will be highly emotionally charged and It will get massive media coverage.
It may just be in the weeks before a general election and will certainly hurt the Party nationally if Labour still haven’t taken action in Rotherham. It will cost them votes.
2. It’s difficult to understand why Mahroof (and Lakin for that matter) has not been suspended and investigated. Some suggest that to lose two male Pakistani Cllrs is bad enough, to lose them all may symbolically be much worse, reaffirming the growing fear that no one coming forward from the Biraderi leadership can be trusted.
It will be perceived as a big insult to the Pakistani leaders nationally, many of whom already feel themselves beleaguered by internal factions and the gradual loss of respect from their young people.
The Pakistani communities of which Mahroof is a member have historically controlled a large swathe of votes stretching over Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cardiff, the West Midlands and other towns. Some of these are marginals,and given the UKIP surge all are feeling threatened. The Pakistani MP, Lords and community leaders now form a substantially force within the Party and they will be worried about losing their power base, just as Labour will fear losing seats.
The biraderi leadership will be fighting hard for Mahroof, and they may use the threat of withdrawing votes as a bargaining chip (the tactic will be to cry racism, point to Jimmy Saville and say how their people feel alienated) ….at a lower level that is why Lakin kept him in the Cabinet.
So what is Labour’s Rotherham inquiry about?…it’s about votes silly. Not just here but across a number of constituencies where the local Labour MP would like a few thousand guaranteed Pakistani crosses on the ballot paper.
So here’s the tension for the LP….which will gain them most. Doing justice and kicking out a whole pile of failed Councillors in Rotherham, Mahroof included, and thereby appearing decent honest and legal, but peeing off the biraderi leadership.
Or hoping it all goes away, and risking punishment at the election.
Be assured that if the LP inquiry leads to justice it will be a bi-product, not the objective.
Woof, woof…where is the nearest tree?