This afternoon at 4:15 pm the Roger Stone appearance at the CLG Committee:
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The Badger’s choice bits:
“I accept the Jay report but I don’t accept the Casey report” and “I’m not in denial”. Absolutely astounding arrogance and a whole new level of denial.
“I didn’t think there was a problem with the Pakistani community (we always called them the Asian community), we were always working together.” I would have liked to know in what way were they working together.
On talking about rapists (after he was forced to accept the children were raped), he said “Akhtar and Marhoof said they should be locked up”. So THEY knew about rapists in the Pakistani community then!
“We’ve been improving year on year and had strong leadership”, Really?
“Risky Business was not closed down, it needed better management”
“Do you accept you were an unfit leader?” answer “No I don’t accept that”. So here we have a leader of an unfit council that says he wasn’t an unfit leader. Just when you thought he couldn’t deny much more he surprises everyone with that.
He did admit that he accepted responsibility for the failure of the council but he sort of said it tongue in cheek I felt.
What was clear was that decisions were made at meetings prior to cabinet meetings. Not exactly the exemplar of democracy he said Rotherham council was but then had the brass balls to suggest that Eric Pickles had taken democracy away from Rotherham!
Here we have seen a classic example of the stereotypical, not very bright, not very articulate Rotherham Labour councillor who is still in denial about the problem and about the levels of mismanagement. And there are still clones of him on Rotherham council, still denying, still refusing to accept they have got things wrong.
The man is a buffoon of the highest order. I hope his time in court arrives shortly.