The Jay Report – A 3 Part Critique

The report’s good, but not that good, and shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

Part 1:
it’s all about race; it’s not all about race; it’s all about leadership; it’s all about reporting.  Whatever your agenda is, you’ll find something in there to back your claim.”

Part 2:
“Sadly, Labour has been utterly useless in its response so far, and this is my attempt to help it respond better, before it is too late.”

Part 3:
“There is, though, one other big flaw in the report, and it’s to this that part 3 now turns.”

In addition to the above, I have also received this interesting link, Rik.

The Artist Taxi Driver – Some Thoughts On Rotherham

Mark McGowan B.A is a London taxi driver who, in between fares, films himself in his taxi under the persona ‘The Artist Taxi Driver’.

Here’s his impassioned take on the Rotherham abuse scandal and more.


5 thoughts on “The Jay Report – A 3 Part Critique

  1. From “Cowards flinch” blog

    “It’s not rocket science. When I discussed the ‘issue of ethnicity’ with a senior social worker colleague the other day, she was quite clear: Asian men in some Northern towns may be the main perpetrators of child sexual exploitation not because of their ‘culture’, but because of the particular “infrastructure” that their working lives provides. In simple terms – they drive taxis, or have friends who do; they work in/own kebab joints, where young people (especially those unsafe and/or unhappy at home) congregate; they work irregular hours in family businesses, in which the don’t clock on or off, and in which absences of two or three hours go unremarked”

    it’s not clear why the author thinks that an anonymous senior social worker would be accepted as some fount of accepted wisdom here.

    One point immediately springs to mind, how do grooming victims get sucked into the “night-time economy” in the first place?

    They don’t appear as if by magic

    “On-street grooming follows a pattern. Girls aged between 11 and 14 are most vulnerable and are often targeted by someone close to their own age, sometimes a younger brother or friend of the older men.”

    The author seems to think this is a matter of “Northern towns” – what like Chesham in Bucks for instance?

    There has been deprivation associated with de-industrialisation for decades in the North, particularly Tyneside and Teeside

    But we never saw this group grooming pattern previously

    “Three Middlesbrough men jailed for grooming underage girls for sex”

    I wonder what “cowards flinch” would make of the very unpleasant and distressing racial aspects described in the above links, flinch away no doubt


  2. Incidentally I’m not suprised senior social workers trot out lame pseudo socio-economic claptrap when a Professor of Social Work can spout this kind of utter nonsense

    “So how are we to understand the Rotherham episode?

    We have used moral panic theory as a way of unpacking and understanding some of the deeper issues at the heart of a number of contemporary social concerns. Drawing on Stan Cohen’s characterisation of moral panics, Folk Devils and Moral Panics:

    ‘A condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests’ (1972: 1):
    o Here it is the sexual exploitation of children and young people that is the threat; the ‘folk devils’ are the male ‘perpetrators’, often described as ‘Asian’ men.”


  3. What this guy fails to do is deal with the politics of the subject, he does not deal with the role played by Asian councillors in blocking discussion of CSE. He as usual for people like him want to make it into an impersonal subject, it is just something to analyse the young people involved are just lab animals. He has no idea what their real lives are like, it is pure academic crap; Jay actually talked to some of the victims this guy has not. I had to deal with academics like him when I was studying politics, philosophy and sociology at Sheffield University.
    Dave Smith


    • Dave , It’s a critique of the Jay report, not an attempt to analyse the underlying problem. Some time back I posted a link to a critique of the statistics in the Jay report, I had read it with interest (at least I could understand it), and didn’t expect that to come up with answers to the underlying problem, either.
      btw. I could never understand why some uni’s link philosophy and sociology together -they seem strange bedfellows; but then, my kid did a science masters in philosophy and social policy and turned out to be a superb course.


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