An open letter to the people of Rotherham

An open letter to the people of Rotherham

My fellow Rotherhamsters!I know that isn’t the correct term for the citizens of Rotherham, and I don’t want to be like Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” who moved to a new town intending to persuade residents to change the term they used to refer to themselves. Still, I hope you won’t mind me using it, as I have often been told I look like a hamster and it amuses me. I must ask your forgiveness also for classing myself amongst your number despite having only just moved here. I shall not conceal the fact that ,until last month, I had never set foot in Rotherham, though you have been in my thoughts and prayers every day since I read the Jay report.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Giles Humphry. You won’t have heard it, unless you take an unusually keen interest in the politics of Kenya, where I have a minor reputation as the journalist who exposed a scandal that the local journalists didn’t want to touch. On Monday (2nd March) I moved to Rotherham with the intention of helping those fighting against the rape gangs.

Quite a few people have asked me why I would take the drastic step of moving to a town with which I formerly had no ties, so I shall take this opportunity to explain. The short answer is that I read the Jay report. I was brought up to believe that men don’t cry and I don’t remember shedding a tear from the age of 11 until the day my father died fourteen years later. Nonetheless, it is without the slightest shame that I record that after reading Jay I wept for three days and nights without eating or sleeping. It wasn’t only the scale of the atrocities that shook me, that 1,400 victim total that we now know to be a considerable under estimate. Nor yet was in the depth of the depravity, the girls gang raped every day for years from as young as eleven, or even younger according to some reports. Rather it was the scale of the official complicity, the social workers, police officers and councillors who not only knew but actively aided and abetted. Of all the revelations that tumbled out in the wake of Jay perhaps the most horrifying was that senior social workers had been paying council tax payers money to men whom they knew were raping those charges to transport their victims to and from gang rape assignations.

Since Jay was published I have discovered that what has been revealed about the official complicity is just the tip of the iceberg. In the aftermath of the report I made strenuous efforts to reach out to those in Rotherham who had been working to expose this scandal. As a result I made contact with a man whose name will be held in honour when our councillors are buried in unmarked graves but who for the moment I shall call citizen Winston Smith. This man has gathered together a small group, let us call them the Citizen’s Accountability Project, who over the course of many years, have been collecting information on the rape gangs. They know how the rape industry is organised, who controls the rape gangs, and how they have controlled the powers that be. They have been the source of some of the media reports on this subject, but they have much more which they have yet to publish.

Why don’t they just tell all? Even if they did you would not read a word about it. This scandal has been covered up for more than two decades due to the fact that, contrary to received opinion, we do not have free speech in this country. Laws covering official secrets, data protection hate speech and libel have all been used to cover up for the rape gangs and the paedophile rings. The libel laws are particularly useful to those who, like the Rotherham rape barons, have a well oiled machinery of witness intimidation and would be able to prevent anyone that they chose to sue for naming them from producing their witnesses in court. Nevertheless, the Citizens Accountabilty Project has accumulated a vast quantity of evidence and is currently considering the way forward, for example whether to go to the National Crime Agency.

Meanwhile, I have been in touch with others about the possibility of forming a militant wing of the project that would organise legal and non violent direct action against the rapists and their enablers and protectors. A range of options are under consideration. These include such measures as helping to bring private prosecutions against rapists and enablers, bringing civil suits against them and their front companies, naming and shaming the rapists who have fled to Pakistan (a country with which we have no extradition treaty), publishing the testimony of their victims and exposing the fugitives to their families and new neighbours. We are also looking at other ideas such as trying to organise a pool of women drivers willing to provide lifts to at risk girls so they do not have to use taxis. And, of course, we shall agitate against the routine bailing of rape suspects to flee or intimidate witnesses and the persistent flagrant leniency in the sentencing of sex offenders. However, my new friends do not have the slightest hope of implementing such an agenda unless others are willing to help. It is to that end that I have have moved to Rotherham.

On a lighter note I am loving my new home already. I have rented a nice little house with a garden in a quiet neighbourhood, for a price that wouldn’t get you a garage in London. The friendliness of the people is also a refreshing contrast to the capital where, if you are caught smiling on the tube, people start moving away from you in case you are a dangerous madman. At present I know few people, though I am hoping that the rest of you will clutch me to your bosoms like a natural born Rotherhamster. But if anyone does not like it they can lump it, because I am staying. I will be buried in Rotherham. This is my town now.

For those who like to probe motive, I have never been a member of any political party or movement. I have always been too lazy to be an activist. That being so and as one who was, until now, a stranger to this town, I have no axe to grind with respect to the affairs of Rotherham other than this. My conscience will not let me rest until the rape industry has been shut down and those who have survived its horrors have justice. And that axe, I can assure you all, I will continue to grind until it is sharp. Please send all enquiries and death threats to gileshumphry@yahoo.co.uk.

Sincerely yours,

A new Rotherhamster

http://www.gileshumphry.com

99 thoughts on “An open letter to the people of Rotherham

  1. Well all very interesting. First, it’s called the Citizen’s Accountability Project, then the Citizens Accountabilty Group (sic). Which is it ? It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but leaving that aside ………..
    The power lies not with the Establishment bodies , who have proved themselves useless, and are continuing to do so.

    Why are you afraid of libel? If the information is collected and can be factually proven , then you can state it – actually, keep the proof under your belt and wait for legal action then release the proof in court.
    So what’s the problem ?

    And anyway – never heard of YouTube ?

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    • I’m not afraid of Libel. I just don’t have the authority to release the results of the research as its not mine. But you miss the point about witness intimidation. Yes they could call witnesses, at the cost of putting them at risk of murder and rape of the women and children. That’s not a fantasy, read the accounts of victims. I for one would be happy to risk a suit and call no witnesses. I think Winston Smith might too. But they must decide the most effective way forward. A video is indeed an option but it’s not my group. I don’t make the decisions.

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      • Well now, I am always sceptical of carpetbaggers.

        Having said that, it has taken outsiders to solve the ROT-herham problem.
        That is because the people of Rotherham haven’t had the balls to do anything about it – even now they retreat into their little houses and switch on Eastenders and Coronation Street and the X-factor and ignore what goes on around them.
        In any decent cohesive society there would be have been sit-ins at the Council Offices, demonstrations on the streets.
        Instead of which – absolutely nothing from the wimps of Rotherham.

        The criminals and their political defendants have run riot in Rotherham because people have allowed a small minority to run the town by intimidation and criminal actions imported from the Third World. They have succeeded, and will probably continue to succeed, because the majority of people put up with it.

        From inept politicians, brainwashed council employees to corrupt local police, the people of Rotherham have allowed their town to become a cesspit of sexual exploitation of the vulnerable by a minority of Third World criminals.

        It has taken outsiders to come in and sort out the mess that the people of Rotherham have allowed to evolve.

        And now we have a ” Winston Smith ” and his group of moral worthies, quaking in their boots about whether to release all their “research” . Well , give it to me, I’ll release it for you on video , no problem. Because unlike the people of Rotherham, I have some balls.

        Saul Alinsky himself would have walked away from Rotherham as a town not even worthy of effort.

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    • Paul, as I say I’d be more than happy to release it myself, but the CAP must sort through and order a mountain of evidence and decide if the most effective route is the NCA or the Internet or another route. They must assess which way is the most effective route to achieving justice. They are not cowards. Citizen Smith has faced down threats. It’s just about strategy and that requires thought. But thank you for the offer.

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      • ” it’s just about strategy and that requires thought. ”
        No. It requires intelligence. From what I can surmise there isn’t much of that.
        I just write you and this “CAP” off as fantasists.
        You can always tell the faux activists when you call their bluff.
        More bullshit from Rotherham underworld of the undead I think.

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        • As you will. The victims were also written off as fantasies of the BNP. You sneer and we will fight, and we shall see which achieves the more. I wish you well.

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    • Thank you for that. To the others. Am I a nutjob? Well I guess if I was I might not realise it so there’s no point saying I’m not. Maybe it is a bit crazy to move to a new town thinking one can help. And I guess it is something of a dream (I won’t say fantasy) to believe the rape industry can be shut down altogether. Regarding the name of the group, yes there was a typo in the first edition of the post (sorry, it happens) and, in fact, I don’t think the group has a formal name. But Rothpol is aware of its existence as he may be willing to confirm if you write to him privately. I’m sorry that Robin and Paul (kudos for using your real names) have formed a bad impression but as I say they will have to lump it. Whether nutjob or fantasist I am here to stay. I am hoping there are more who are like Rotherman than Robins and Paul’s in our town but it makes no difference to my decision.
      Your fellow Rotherhamster.

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      • Fortunately There are many, many more who are sickened by what has been going on not just with CSE but with the very way the Pakistani’s are allowed to get away with things,
        including:- rent collecting (in their taxis) all around Eastwood, Masborough and Ferham, where they are paid in cash no taxes paid and that cash going straight into their black economy along with the vast amounts of takeaways and where drug money is filtered through. Then there’s all the planning regs. that are flauntered, just take a look on Broom Valley Road.

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        • Thanks Rotherman. It is certainly important there be one law for all but I am wary of making this an intercommunal issue. If my daughter was raped I wouldn’t be interested in the ethnicity or religion of the rapist. There’s a lot more to this scandal than political correctness. In the 80s a group of feminists wrote a book about SYPs treatment of rape victims and it was the same as it has been during this scandal. But Political Correctness has certainly been a cover for all sorts of evils and we need to bin it, without giving up on basic civility.

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        • I agree whole heartedly my friend. I know I’ve mention this before but I would advise anyone who dosen’t believe how things like this happen to read Danny Lockwoods book “The Islamic Republic of Dewsbury”, its a scarey read and there is not one racist comment in it just plain facts.

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        • Thanks also for calling me friend and for your kindness at the start of this thread. Such little things make a bigger difference than one might imagine.

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    • Wellcome to Rotherham?
      You need to remember it’s the perpetrators who committed the crimes and they must be held accountable for the crimes they committed.
      The people in power or the individual who covered these horrendous crimes need to held accountable and charged.
      You cannot blame the political parties, ethnicities or countries that you might think they come from,
      These perpetrators are born and bred in Rotherham.
      If you wanted to make a difference start by looking at Kenya.

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      • “You cannot blame the political parties, ethnicities or countries that you might think they come from”

        Well, actually, yes you can – you can blame all of them and with considerable justification.
        You are obviously a very unaware individual.

        “These perpetrators are born and bred in Rotherham.”

        Yes and … ” Just because a dog is born in a stable, it doesn’t become a horse”

        It is idiots with your mentality that allow situations like those in Rotherham, Oxford, Telford, Rochdale, Oldham, Tyneside, Bristol …… and more , to exist.

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  2. Giles, fascinating that you wrote about Koitalel Arap Samoei, what languages is it available in – Kalenjin or just EN and Kiswahili ?

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    • Regular reader. Thank you for a non negative comment. It is available in English. I will send you a free copy if you give me your address. I only have one left which I plan to give to Rothpol but I have just ordered more. Be pleased to know of your interest in Kenya. I think you are an economist? You might be interested in the paper “feeding the elephant” that I submitted when I was short listed for a post as economic adviser to the Deputy President. I don’t write that to boast. It’s just some people think I am a fantasist. Though I guess they could say that’s a fantasy too. Best Wishes.

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  3. yup, Monetary Economist.
    I’ve never worked in Kenya* – but I’ve known the country for some 35 years (Even had a Maasii moran once getting married when staying with me in UK). Nairobi is a good place to keep a base where ever you are working along the east side of Africa.
    *I was once offered a contract there – funded by the EU; but I just couldn’t agree terms with the Commission – they were requiring my long term partner to just go in on a tourist visa – whilst our 4 yr old son was fully protected by my contract terms. Crazy! ,
    Who was funding the post you were up for?

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    • It would have been the Kenyan Government but I didn’t get it for two reasons. The first that they decided to have just one advisor for both the President and deputy and my ties are to the DP. Also I was out of Kenya at the time of the decision and I was pushed out by jockeying of those on the spot. I don’t think being a Mzungu was a handicap, they are very keen on being multi ethnic. My paper deals with monetary policy so perhaps you can comment. On reflection my proposal would work better in a developed country. If you see any errors please tell. Though it wasn’t an issue for the Kenyans (as I did a big favour for the DP) I only have an undergraduate degree and an honorary masters. As I say send me your address and I will give you a copy (gileshumphry@yahoo.co.uk) The spelling, Koitaleel, is not an error though yours is more common. It’s the phonetic spelling of Kalenjin popularised by my friend Dr KA Sambu. Likewise Araap in place of Arap. My paper is on the Kenya politics page.

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      • ….must admit I’d never come across “honorary masters degrees” before. Both my son and me and his mum had to go through tough exams to get ours; his mum though has a DUN – an onery doc from the OU.
        … but I guess you could call Oxbridge MAs “honorary”, you get them for just getting a good first degree.

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        • You are quite right. It is an Oxford MA and as you say a complete con. I think honorary MAs for Oxbridge graduates have been abolished since I got mine. I shouldn’t have mentioned it.

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  4. The problem with the the truth about this issue is most people don’t yet understand how evil the political class are and so they don’t believe. Until the Times first broke the story most people wouldn’t believe it was happening if you told them. Even after the Times reported it and the political class tried to close down News International to shut them up you had to say hundreds of victims as most people couldn’t believe thousands and then later say thousands until people were ready to accept it was really tens of thousands.

    Sometimes you have to drip feed the truth until people can get their heads round it.

    The political class are still trying to bury it as much as possible by pretending it’s just Rotherham when there are dozens of other towns that haven’t done a Jay style report and then after that there’s still the whole organised crime aspect to come out but fingers crossed.

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  5. So how exactly are you going to bring private prosecutions? What do the girls you’ve spoken with think and why do you think you and your gang will be able to accomplish what many others haven’t ?

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    • An excellent question. Thank you. Allow me to explain. We won’t be bringing any private prosecutions. That’s for the survivors to decide. What we would hope to do is to raise funds to help survivors who wish to proceed in this manner, to try to organise safe houses for witnesses and so on. And, as I said we don’t pretend to be in a position yet to do any of this. Only if others are willing to help can we progress. What I know is that if we say nothing can be done then nothing will be done. You are quite right that the wishes of the survivors are paramount. We won’t lift a finger except at their request. Now perhaps our ideas are hopeless but my experience of the people here is somewhat different to my experience of some of those commenting on the net. That is to say they are decent people who I believe might be willing say to spend a couple of hous a week ferrying at risk girls or sorting through documents. But if I am wrong and I fall flat on my face I shall get up again the next day and try again. And if we fail at least we tried. There’s no excuse for doing nothing.

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      • I have news for you – you ARE doing nothing.

        Let me see- you wish us to believe that you move to ROT-herham from outside ( God-knows-where ) and you are somehow privy to the inner sanctum of the “Citizens Accountabilty Project”, some sort of Rotherham Star Chamber of moral worthies – assuming that exists outside your imagination that is.
        So just exactly HOW did you get involved with this group on highly investigative people who have all the lowdown on the bad guys and organised crime ?

        When people like you pop up, I always look for motives, over and above what they state.
        So how is it that you aren’t so worried about being targeted as your face is all over the internet ?

        If you’re an example of these “actibists” , you have as much chance of getting results as waking up on Mars tomorrow morning.
        probably you’re just a harmless guy with some issues – but I wouldn’t have you helping me out.

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        • Dear Paul, no worries. If you are not a survivor you have no need for help. If any survivor does not wish for my/our help, again, no worries. As for the existence of the CAP (and I admit I lucked out in making contact with citizen Smith) please wait a few months and then, if nothing has resulted, you can feel vindicated. Best wishes with your own efforts to help the survivors.
          Yours sincerely
          Your fellow Rotherhamster.

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  6. I’m sorry Giles, it’s all very honourable that you wept for days when reading the Jay report, not because of the depravity of it but because of the corruption but I have to say it does sound like another “wanna be/journalist/fantasist” scenario. Your letter said nothing other than ‘I look like a hamster, I have information from someone but I can’t tell you what it is, I am going to start this wonderful organisation to bring justice but I’m just too lazy so can everyone else chip in and get the ball rolling while I waffle on about my degree and my other Kenyan story that didn’t quite make me famous or bring me glory. You never really answered my questions. Have you even spoken with the survivors? No, I think not. So your mission is to raise funds for them from others…leads me to ask how much capital have you put forth for it or do you just expect others to do that to?

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    • Dear Otto. You are absolutely right. I have not yet had the privilege of speaking to any of our Amazons. However the CAP has had very extensive contact with the survivors over a period of years. I only arrived on Monday so I must wait to be introduced. Regarding the financial question, every penny I have is available for this project. If I had a house I would sell it. You are free to disbelieve of course. Sadly I am not rich. Regarding fame, I am actually inordinately shy but if I used a pseudonym I suspect you would criticise me for that also? You have obviously formed a bad opinion of me already. Perhaps that is my fault and I didn’t express myself well enough. If you have a better idea how to help the survivors please share. All ideas are welcome.

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      • I don’t live in Rotherham. I don’t tend to migrate to cesspits.
        So you are looking for survivors to contact you for help ? Is that correct ?

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    • Paul, actually no. The CAP ( a name coined for this post – its just a group of individuals) already has extensive contact with survivors. I am looking for people who would be willing to help in any of a dozen ways eg women drivers willing to give girls an alternative to our taxi companies. Rotherham is not a cesspit by the way, though the political establishment certainly is. The people are lovely by and large and have been abused and deceived by their leaders.

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      • And when these “lovely people” had found that they had been deceived, what did they do ? Demonstrate ? Storm the council chambers ? Riot on the streets ?
        No – they did NOTHING. I hold them in contempt.
        And you will see that at the next election they will elect another council and MP of the same kidney as those who betrayed them.

        You are obviously survivor-orientated , which is fine. But also there is another aspect – to totally eradicate the insidious elements which will re-emerge when all this has ‘blown-over’ and is yesterday’s news.
        Hiding behind names like “CAP” and meeting in secret will not tackle this aspect of this situation – which is national by the way. It is the head-in-the-sand mentality which has given succour to Third World criminal activities in Britain, and continues to do so.

        Organisations like Leeds-based PACE ( previously CROP ) and the [useless] Barnardos have known about this situation for decades in areas like Keighley and Burnley and Blackburn , but because they adopt a ” help the victims approach”, the exploiters simply moved to new victims unfazed.

        I believe in the Israeli method — hit us and we will hit you back 100-fold. It works.
        And the fact that no one in Rotherham has done it has allowed these vile activities to spiral out of control.
        I am a Saul Alinsky advocate of Direct Action – it works. Hiding behind closed doors and shuffling pieces of paper around will do nothing to bring these bastards to justice.

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        • Paul, you may be surprised but we are on the same page. I also support non violent direct action as you can see if you read my post “300 Sikh heroes” about the Sikhs of Luton who forced the police to charge a rapist there by blockading a road. And I also was troubled by the lack of demos (though there was a demo of Muslims demanding justice for the survivors).
          I think I understand now. The main demos were the EDL and a counter EDL protest (1,500 EDL policed by 1,500 officers – and they say they cant arrest rapists due to lack of funds!) These were mainly outsiders. People’s concern was the same one either you or another expressed about me. They don’t want others coming in with their own agendas. That is why I moved here, you say I am doing nothing but for sure I wouldn’t have had a hope trying to help from outside.
          As for anonymity, I posted under my name (and have been accused of seeking fame for doing so). But in a war sometimes you need secret ops also.
          Best Wishes

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      • Are you Paul Gooding by any chance?

        Only guessing but judging by your vitriolic, contemptuous and hate filled approach coupled with your approval of direct action, if you’re not Paul Gooding, then you a pretty good image of him.

        Oh and by the way, if Rotherham is a cesspit, its because its been turned into one by a mixture of corrupt officials, abusers from the Pakistani community AND right wing nut jobs who are using Rotherham as an excuse to fuel their hatred and desire for unrest.

        Thanks very much but you can go away, we don’t need your approach in our town.

        The B.

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  7. Poor Giles, these threads are getting hard to navigate! I hope you don’t mind my starting another.
    Did you ever discuss your findings on the validity of the International Criminal Courts action against Kenya’s Deputy President with a Mzungu like say that dutch guy Koert who lives out in Langata, and has been a Kenya resident journo (for NRC Handlsbad among others) for some 30 years now?
    What did he think of them?

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    • Thanks for your concern. With respect to Ruto, I am interested in your contact, if you have an address for him I’d be very interested. My piece was done by speaking to one Kenyan whistleblower, then another passed on to me and so on. I am convinced of Ruto’s innocence on the original charges, as for bribing witnesses to withdraw I cannot be certain. If you have read my piece and you see holes feel free to contact me. But I think we should do that privately as this isn’t a post about Kenya. My woman says I shouldn’t have mentioned Kenya in my post as it looks like boasting but I thought I needed to tell people something about myself.

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      • Giles, I have absolutely no intention of contacting you privately nor giving you my postal address, nor indulging in any further discussion with you. Nor would I suggest that you have anything to offer to Rotherham or its it’s CSE survivors.
        bye
        RR .

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  8. Giles from what I understand you are with a group who are wanting to help these young people.
    So this group you speak of, and need for safe houses , and drivers , and funds. As this group been advertised , is it a known group in other areas too ? Or is it a secret type of group?

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    • Dear JEan. The individuals I refer to have been operating in secret. My interest is in forming a parallel group that would be public. It’s rather depressing to read all the negative comments and second guessing of motives. My motives are as stated but perhaps I did not express myself well enough. Do you have any advice, other than “go home!”, which I can’t do as this is my home now? I think it was you who left a kind comment the other day.

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      • Just to make it clear Giles, my comments were aimed at Paul Wilson and not yourself!
        Apologies if you thought I was saying go home to you, I wasn’t.

        Sometimes the comments appear slightly out of line with what the relate to.

        The B.

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        • Thank you badger. I understood that and I appreciate your kindness. It makes a difference to me. Very best wishes.

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      • Hi Giles , well your intentions maybe good ones and genuine in nature, but the politics that we have doesn’t make it a easy path to tread. And suspicious will naturally be how people will feel . My view is this , if you could try and find out if their is any groups or people that would be interested in you helping them, here in Uk towns and cities we are run by council , social services , and education . They tend to work together and of course the police work with them also. So these are the services we rely on. You may be aware of this, but I’ll mention it anyway.:)
        Now going it alone or in a secret group is not ideal . It is virtually impossible to set up a group with out having the backing of the system we live in. You will not be taken seriously.

        And I am a non academic person , so I can only be basic in my understanding and grammar, I am interested in politics and I am learning a lot being on this site. As in any walk of life, some people are very nice and others not so tolerant, but we take the rough with the smooth.

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  9. Giles, I have not formed a bad opinion of you per-se, how can I having never met you. I admit I found your letter a trifle self-indulgent but you must see that we have been enduring this for years and have seen this type of thing alongside it. It’s not just Rotherham, it’s happening in many other places as some others have already stated so if your mission is to blow the lid on the corruption then why not stamp it out nationally, if you want to support the victims then don’t all victims warrant the same justice? You may well be a decent, honourable chap but please understand that emotions run high on this and you are essentially just another outsider on a crusade. I’ve seen and heard it too many times before.

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    • Dear Otto, I perfectly understand. You are right to be wary. Yes this is a national issue. On the most conservative extrapolation from official figures one girl is gang raped every minute of the day. But one of the things I have learnt is that much of the child rape industry is controlled from Rothetham. That’s why the girls were trafficked around the country to child brothels controlled from here. I am sorry if the post seemed self indulgent. I shall take that on board and try to learn from it. The one thing I can’t do is leave I am afraid, or give up trying to help. But if you or anyone has an idea of a better way to go about it I am open to advice.
      Best Wishes

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  10. Well I will say this, you have certainly taken a bit of a hammering and have handled it with humility so if you really are going to be buried in Rotherham and it’s before my time I may well lay some flowers for you, partly just to check your a man of your word. And for what it’s worth I do actually wish you well but I’m afraid I will reserve judgement for a later date. Perhaps it might be a thought to write again, say in a year and tell us all how you fared in your mission. Maybe referring to your wife as “my woman” is perhaps not the best terminology considering the subject at hand?

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    • Thanks Otto. Actually she is not my wife, though we have been together more than 25 years. Hence the terminology. “My girl” would be more demeaning. Maybe partner? Anyhow I wasn’t being faux humble about your advice on my writing style. It tends to the florid and may not be suited to Yorkshire. I need to learn to call a spade a bloody shovel maybe. I appreciate your caution. I would be no different. Best wishes in your own endeavours. And thanks for your kind words.

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    • Otto, I thought I should tell you exactly how much your gracious words meant to me especially the bit about putting flowers on my grave if I keep my word. At the risk of confirming the bias of those who think I am a nut, I have a history of bi-polar disorder. That means I have extreme swings of emotions (hence the three days of crying). I had been on cloud nine due to loving my new home and it’s people so much. Then I was brought crashing down by all the negative comments. I was particularly devastated by regular readers parting sally, as I had thought we had been having a pleasant and productive conversation (I think difference about Kenya, a country he clearly loves as I do, must have been the root). Anyhow I was at rock bottom and about to go to bed in black despair when I read your kind words, which meant all the more to me coming after your initial scepticism. I know you have merely suspended that scepticism and that’s fine, I just hope I never give you cause to regret doing so. Thanks to you I went to bed calm and got a good restful night’s sleep. I shall also put flowers on your grave if you predecease me, assuming I know where it is and your loved one’s don’t object. I wanted you to know just how much difference a word can make. A very sincere thank you. Your fellow Rotherhamster.

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        • I’m sorry. Didn’t want people thinking I am a nut. But they said that anyway! In any case I well understand that if you think Ruto is guilty you have cause to despise me, as I must appear an apologist for crimes against humanity. I am constantly reexamining my conclusion there but following the ICC trial so far I have had no cause to revisit my conclusion. They even had a witness, a Kikuyu, who claimed she had been waiting on a group of Kalenjin (I think at Ruto’s house) while they were discussing a plan to expel the Agikuyu! As a Kenya buff you will know how unlikely that is (like a group of whites discussing a secret plan to kill black people in front of a black person). But obviously if you are persuaded of his guilt then you would necessarily frown on me. Incidentally, at the time I wrote my piece I had no idea it would result in my being short listed for a post. Thanks for getting back. Best Wishes.

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      • With the Ruto case still ongoing – and getting more complex daily I have no opinion on his guilt.
        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/the-case-against-kenyas-powerful-vicepresident-william-ruto-that-the-icc-must-win-to-vindicate-itself-10046724.html
        http://www.ijmonitor.org/category/kenya-cases/
        Much more in Patrick Smith’s excellent Africa Confidential, if you have access to it.
        At least you are not taking the side of Paul Kagame:
        http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4373916.ece

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        • Or Bashir, the blood soaked tyrant. I have actually alienated some readers of my blog by strenuously defending the ICC against accusations of racism, which I consider absurd. We need an ICC, though it’s not fit for purpose at the moment.
          Thank you for the links. I will check out Africa Confidential.

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      • Africa Confidential has been the most trustworthy source of information on African Politics for over the last 30+ years. My grown-up children each year club together to renew my subsciption as my birthday/Christmas present – it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Africa and its politics.
        …. and you didn’t know of its existence? So how long did you spend in Kenya?
        Both Michela Wrong and Lieve Joris write superbly about the complexity of the politics of Africa, they both are essential reading.
        I’ve always felt that it is best not to get involved in the local politic, even though everyone there tries to involved you in it.
        RR

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        • Yes, of course I knew of its existence! It would be pretty weird if I didn’t. What I meant was I would check out if there was anything available in the bits that you can read without a subscription.
          To answer your other question, I have spent less than a year in Kenya in total, almost all in the Rift or Nairobi. I don’t pretend to your experience which I am sure is much greater. However I spent years researching for my book and am in constant contact. In fact I have a project in the Rift being launched this year to reclaim arid/semi arid land using a low tech system of desalination. It’s called the Kenya Bustani Project. In addition I have met Ruto twice and a bunch of other politicos such as Aden Duale. Ruto was the guest at my book launch. Now it looks like I am boasting but I am trying to make up for the misapprehension I caused by my phrasing. But I have never had a subscription to Africa Confidential. I think I have commented on the site, but I may be wrong so if you tell me comments are allowed only from subscribers then my memory must be at fault there.

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        • The project is using one of the many sources of fluoridated or saline groundwater in the Rift. I’m hoping it can help improve food security there though it is a for profit enterprise.

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        • Perhaps I should add, before you pull me up, I am aware that Africa Confidential is a magazine and not just a website. Or used to be. Maybe it’s all online now?

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        • I kind of wish I’d had your advice about not getting dragged into their politics before I got dragged into their politics. It’s a nest of vipers that makes our councillors look like men and women of integrity. Incidentally, if you ever feel like it and Rothpol doesn’t mind us wandering off topic, I’d be fascinated to hear a little more about your own doings in Kenya.

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      • Kenya was not a place I ever saw as my “patch”, just a good relaxing place for R&R, and being with old friends that I trusted.
        Ethiopia was my “patch”, and you really don’t want to know about that country.

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        • I can imagine. Thanks. Yes Kenya is a good place for vacation if you have money. Safari is so expensive now. By my cash strapped standards at any rate.

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      • Half-decent supermarkets were all we were looking for, and medical check-ups.
        Quality safari have always been expensive – I used to know an ex-Zaire, Belgian guy, Sculptor, Photographer, Car Mechanic who did them – very expensive, but a great guy to travel with. (I’ve always understood that “safari” was originally a Maa word meaning “short walk” – iow meaning “less than 4 days walking across the bush”. ) . I’ve never been on an paid-for safari in Kenya, a borrowed or hired 4wd is all you need. For a vacation try Zanzibar, for animals go to Zim, for a fascinating world, Ethiopia*.
        The Daily Mail even featured Ethiopia recently:
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2964271/Princess-Mary-left-shaken-discussing-child-marriage-female-genital-mutilation-emotional-visit-Ethiopia.html
        … as ever with the Fail the copy between the bought-in images is utter nonsense.
        This is the real Dr Hamlin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Hamlin
        and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fqry8
        The refugees have come across the border from the South Sudan – the people of Gambella have their own very real problems:
        http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/mar/06/ethiopian-farmer-drops-case-dfid-alleging-aid-money-helped-fund-evictions
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        *Where else in the world could one find a citadel as delightful as Harar – where Rimbaud once lived and Burton once visited and wrote of: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28054464 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2079781.stm . Just a shame that the brewery has been sold to Heineken – they made my favourite local beer.
        Inside Ethiopia, Harar’s intricate basketry is its most treasured product – I have a couple of pieces and can understand why..
        (as long as we stick to this thread – I would hope and expect that Rik will allow our use of his blog.)

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        • Wow. Thanks for all the links and tips. A treasure trove! I do hope to go on Safari one day, maybe an unofficial one like you have described.

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        • I know it’s shocking I haven’t been on one on my various trips. Always had a tight budget and a tight schedule.

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        • To be fair, I have never been for less than a month and was once there for three so really it was the money and the fact that so many people give you so many things to do. But I keep saying, next time Safari! I envy you.

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        • No. I was right first time. You have but a home made one. I will do that next time. Sorry to all readers for bunging up their inboxes with so many responses. Got excited thinking about Kenya.

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      • Hi Giles
        “I have never been for less than a month and was once there for three”
        … and there are some 16 foreign countries that I have lived in for at least 6 months in one go – places where I rented a place and set up home rather than just staying in a hotel; Switzerland for almost 5 years, Ethiopia for more that 2, and so it goes on down to Luxembourg and Zim each for just 6 months It just goes with the work I did for a living, my skills and my interests. It always paid well.
        It would take me a long time to work out how long I have spent in Kenya. But in any case having a Masai moran living with me in my council flat in Crawley for many many months should count for something in that calculation! A very rare, quite memorable and utterly unforgettable experience! (If you can show that you have ever been down to Namaga – on the Tanzanian border – I’ll give you the context for that story. ).

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        • Isn’t it Namanga? Actually no. Spent almost all my time around Eldoret and Baringo and a few other places researching with my co author and planning my project. Sorry my experience is so limited. But I would still be fascinated to hear. You are obviously a real Africa hand, I am just a dilettante. But I love to learn from those with more knowledge than myself.

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        • Oh, I didn’t stay in hotels except in Nairobi. My Kalenjin friends wouldn’t let me and I couldn’t have spent as long (though short by your standards) if I had. Never used to hang with Wazungu either. Not really a policy. Just how it turned out.

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        • We all have those problems sometimes! Rothpol told me I may have failed your knowledge of East Africa test. Please, I don’t claim to be anything of an expert apart from on Koitaleel. It’s a very narrow field of knowledge and even there I am merely a pupil of my co author Kipchoge Araap Chomu (he prefers phonetic spelling) who is a descendant. So I sit at your feet on these matters.

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  11. Non violent action possibly in the style of Ghandi?

    A silent peaceful protest outside certain taxi firms

    A silent peaceful protest outside certain fast food outlets

    A silent peaceful protest outside the homes of certain Rotherham landlords

    With the press in attendance it would certainly make the police raise their game

    Go for it Giles!

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    • Thank you, though in fact everything depends on what the people of Rotherham want to do. I would be more than willing to join constructive non violent action of the sort you propose but as the other anon says in reply to Mr Wilson there are lots of things can be done without breaking the law. That kind of thing might be more appropriate when it is spontaneous, like the sit in by the Sikhs of Luton.

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  12. Mr Wilson, ranting at us is not helping, is it? Just because we are not marching down the streets pulling Pakistani men out of their houses and lynching them, doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Fortunately, we are not all acting outside the law, piling up more problems. The need to feel you are doing something, even if it is a destructive short term fix is dangerous. Ask yourself, Is this “direct action” satisfying your needs or the real needs? I don’t know who you are but i see precious little evidence of your “direct action” in any case (unless you are EDL whose “direct action” achieves precisely zilch for the victims, leads to no arrests, raises scant awareness of the real dangers of cse among young people, perpetuates the image of Rotherham as a massive hole and forces the Police commissioner to use £200k every time from his budget – money that could be spent on case officers chasing perpetrators)
    There is lots happening behind the scenes but it is all too subtle for you, obviously. And not just behind the scenes. Only this week leading figures from Rotherham got a result from David Cameron. Do you read the papers? Watch the news? Did you see Sir Derek Myers lick the Labour Group into shape this week? Do you know about all the work to get funding for survivors and awareness training? Do you know about all the work going on with survivors now? Do you know about all the relationships being built between communities? And all the individuals who will put themselves out there on the ballot sheets on May 7th? You see, It’s got to be a carefully thought through, all-fronts and consistent response from all parties not a knee jerk vigilante riot. Unless we nail these problems at their roots and nail the perpetrators properly and legally and protect future generations then the problems wont go away.
    By your own admission you are from outside Rotherham yet you mock us Rotheramites for having to get people from outside to sort us out. Well, we can’t do anything about the commissioners, they were imposed. But basically it will take action from inside the community to really address this in the long run. Our community must heal itself but I know lots of people responding in lots of ways. That means, eventually we will learn to stand on our own two feet and not rely on outsiders – including you. If you really want to help, do something constructive or keep away, is my advice

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  13. Giles , I would like to mention another point , I feel I’m from the Era ,were we were and still are in some situations conditioned to follow what is set out for us by way of political behaviour.
    Unless we are the type who are of the ability to think outside the box. Or have had the good fortune of having university education.
    Example we never ever questioned the family Dr, he was next to god what he said went. Prescriptions were written in Latin. I’m giving these examples as I feel they are important to give the younger people a idea of how we trusted the establishment and framework we were brought up in.

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    • JEan. Thanks. I may be a little younger I think but I remember watching reruns of Dixon of Dock Green and was always so proud of our unarmed police and the lack of corruption (as I believed then) in our country. The revelations of the cover ups of the paedophile rings and rape gangs traumatised me to the core. What to do when you have home office researchers being threatened by senior police officers with being handed over to the rape gangs is the question that preoccupies me now. Fortunately our law provides all sorts of avenues such as private prosecutions, citizen’s arrests (though I don’t think they would be productive here), civil suits and so on. I feel for you. So many of our illusions have been shattered now. Thank you for your advice and comments.

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  14. So then to be awoke with what as happened in the case of the CSE, and seeing no one in public office being held accountable and still in some cases in office as I write , and most likely will carry on being in office, then what sense of trust does it give.
    Even those who were in Child Safe Guarding positions seem to have no recourse of saying what they were doing whilst all this was happening. Yet we still have people defending the indefensible. All raising hands I liken to a Puppet Culture ,I can even imagine the strings from the council chamber ceiling. Sorry for that quip but that is how I feel.

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    • A telling image. I remember when we used to read of atrocities like this abroad and say “thank God we live in England where such things could never happen”. Now we have woken from our dream as you rightly say.

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  15. Giles whilst I’m glad you got a restful nights sleep I am somewhat confused by what exactly is going on here. You have a project in Kenya which is being launched this year so surely you will be over there soon to oversee this yet you have moved to Roterham to start another project/organisation to run parallel with the secret organisation where you are asking for money to provide safe houses, possible private prosecutions, petrol money & vetting costs for female drivers- is this correct? I think JEan raised a good point, we already pay tax for Police, S.Services etc. Anonymous also raised some worthy points there IS much being done which having only just arrived you may not know about. I think the reason you have been called a nutter is because you do appear to have totally unrealistic expectations, provided I am understanding them of course?Also,for myself, it’s not your writing style that’s the problem, it’s the content- possibly by mentioning “I’m not writing to boast but..” then constantly dropping in unnecessary references to your paper, posts, website,Oxford degree,your friends with, your paper, I don’t write that to boast but… it does come across as…well somewhat conceited/arrogant. I say this as you seem to believe it’s your florid style and wonder why people get the wrong impression of you.

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    • Dear Otto, all of these are valid points. With respect to the Kenya project it is being headed by a friend who is resident in the Rift. Our role here is with regard to hooking him up with the technology etc. I will be visiting later in the year but I’m not heading it.
      With respect to the boasting, I was trying to answer Regular Reader’s questions but yes it doesn’t come over well. If I could go back and edit some out I would. I just didn’t want him to think I was an ignoramus about Kenya in the recent response. Previously I made the mistake of mentioning the MA which then led to the explanation about Oxford. But you are right there and I have mistepped.
      Re unrealistic expectations, maybe. I am actually planning to concentrate more on a research project to help the people I dubbed the CAP and am adjusting my expectations. So basically you are right in everything you have said in this comment. Sadly I can’t start again because it’s all up there now. That’s the thing with writing quick responses. You can’t take them back. Even when you realise they don’t come over as you hoped. I think I should pause before responding. I’m really not such a twat as may have come across, though of course I would say that wouldn’t I?

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    • With respect to the projects you mention, they are all great, but the big problem is the police are simply refusing to arrest the rapists bar a few very low hanging fruit who are immediately bailed to flee or intimidate witnesses. And you can spend as much as you like counselling victims but if you are letting the rape gangs continue to create more it will be a bottomless pit. Is it your opinion that the police are really doing their best? If so how do you explain they are not even arresting the abusers whose addresses are known? I won’t name names here though some papers have in the case of one (now disabled) man. Are you really content to sit back and say “I’ve paid my council tax so I’ll wait for the police to do their job”?

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  16. I was merely trying to give you some advice on why you have received such negative feedback. “I think I should pause before responding” Really? I never suggested any projects, I mentioned others had valid points.
    YES I not only pay my council tax but also my sisters as she has now had to quit her job to look after her child who is to traumatised to leave the house but I expect I should have refused and let baliffs bust into their home whilst I went out and lynched the bastard because that would have really helped the situation. IDIOT .

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    • Dear Otto, I wasn’t at all suggesting you shouldn’t pay your council tax. And I was genuinely grateful for your advice and thought all the points you made had merit. I’m not sure why you are angry with me. Perhaps it was my second response which was intended as a genuine question and not in any way as a criticism. I meant “do you trust the police?” Perhaps it was the ill chosen phrase “sit back” that made you think that. Sometimes these things don’t come over when communicating over the net. If I have given you cause for offence then I am sorry for it. Apologies. Best Wishes

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  17. Giles I also think that when we read things on the net be it in a group or even a personal conversation, it can be so easy to give way to misinterpretation . And it can be at times even harder to converse this way , than in person. Depending on subject matter. But if we are interested and willing to keep in their we learn to by pass negative comments. After all we are all of different characters. Tolerance is hard but I think if we are keen to participate we learn to use it .

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    • Thank you JEan. That’s why I really was grateful to Otto. I read back some of my responses and it did make me sound like a big head. I was too eager to show I’m not an EDL skinhead and ended up looking conceited as Otto pointed out. Then I am afraid my second response to him came off as if I was criticising him causing him offence. What I was really asking is “can we trust the authorities to deal with this problem given that they are so corrupt”. Not “you aren’t doing enough”. So much of communication is non verbal and when you just read an email you miss so much.

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  18. We are all on here to give our views and learn in some cases such as myself. I’m not from any political backround , just that I’m interested. If no one contributed their would be no forum, I am mindfull of how I write and try to be clear in explanation. But not everyone Giles will welcome my posts, as sometimes I go off in another direction , and realise I’ve made a mess of things ,so do not take it personal.

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    • JEan, every comment I have read from you, both on this thread and others, has been sensible and polite. With respect to negative comments, I try to learn from them, even when they are hostile in tone, as it is always possible that due to miscommunication or personal failings, I may have contributed to that hostility. I think that has been the case on this thread. Thank you for your contributions. Best wishes

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    • Thanks Ted.
      Briefly I have scaled down my ambitions (!) to concentrate on information gathering. The taxi companies are a prime target, hence the articles on Venture and Gold Star that Rothpol linked to. I can only publish part of what I uncover as we are in a delicate stage with the authorities actually doing something, albeit not enough. All information I find is shared with my lead contact here and I am encouraging sources to help the National Crime Agency.
      I have no idea whether my efforts will contribute to prosecutions, they are very small compared to some of those here who have been working years on this problem but I believe the collective efforts are finally bearing fruit and I believe more will be charged.
      I shall be keeping my eyes on prosecutions of the top social work managers and the police and over the remainder of the NCA investigation I shall be seeking to collect evidence that might be used for private prosecutions should they let us down on this important question. I would like to thank everybody who has helped me and everyone who has been working on this issue. I have come to understand the limitations of what individuals can do but by working together we can keep up the pressure. Best Wishes.

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