Has the BBC woken up?

Quite suddenly the BBC has woken up to the abuse that has been taking place in Rotherham, and rather than just reporting on the news coming from other parts of the MSM, it is finding the news. This is to be welcomed.

12 March

South Yorkshire Police ‘ignored Sheffield abuse claims’


13 March

South Yorkshire Police ‘diverted funds from abuse investigation’


13 March

MP calls for full inspection of South Yorkshire Police



… and then there is the shouty but not very breitbart/london



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  1. Well now its a Sheffield problem things will get done.

    When it comes to problems in South Yorkshire, Sheffield stays quiet but when all of a sudden it involves Sheffield, new doors are opened and there are calls for action.

    Typical of this is the Sheffield MP Clive Betts and his sudden calling for a Casey type investigation into SY Police. As chair of the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, for months and months he has been taking evidence from the main players in the Rotherham CSE scandal but not once has he called for an inquiry or investigation into SY Police.

    Now that it effects his constituency, he’s suddenly insistent that SY Police are taken to task. So why didn’t he insist on an investigation when it was just a problem for Rotherham? Wouldn’t be because now there are votes to be had for politicians showing they have a hard line on CSE is it?

    The B.


    • Contemptible as SYP senior command level obviously is, equally – or maybe even more – contemptible is this rush of the political Gadarene swine to dump the whole of the opprobrium for this unprecedented and vile betrayal onto the plods.

      Jay demonstrated that the elected members of Rotherham Council knew what was going on. We can’t say too much about Rotherham MPs obviously because they’ve run off to libel lawyers. But Macshane’s comment is always worthy of repetition

      “I, like so many MPs, preferred to keep silent on some of the dirty secrets about bad practices in the Kashmiri Muslim community”, a community that supplies “vast reservoirs” of votes at election time.”

      Jay/Casey were of course scathing of the council bureaucracy and leadership

      “Over the first 12 years covered by this inquiry, the collective failures of political and officer leadership were blatant.”- Jay

      This was a joint failure of police and council – And it is not just failure – the joint intimidation of the HO researcher was straight out of the East German Stasi playbook; We don’t know the half of it.

      It passes belief that the same conditions are not found in Sheffield that existed in Rotherham(and lots of other places likewise)

      So clearly there should be be a Jay/Casey examination of Sheffield Council as well as SYP.

      Betts’ position as chair of the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee is obviously untenable at present

      What is really required though is a public enquiry to look at the totality

      “Mr Bridge said one of his clients – a teenager from Salford who was targeted by the gang – was taken to eight other towns and cities including Blackpool, Bury, and even Wolverhampton to be abused.

      He said: “I would definitely support a public inquiry. In my client’s case, she was passed between paedophile gangs in eight other towns.

      “There are problems which go beyond Rochdale and people out there whose role in this needs to be exposed.””


      Crowbar up the large stone and see what complicit and culpable nasties are crawling underneath.


    • Awkward situation for quite a few South Yorkshire politicians I would say. The Jay report gave more than a hint that there were real problems within the force, and although Casey was focussing on Rotherham Council she was in no doubt that SYP were failing to deal with CSE in any meaningful way and that an inquiry was needed into how they handled these cases. Didn’t the regions other MPs – including Ed Milliband (Doncaster North) and Deputy PM Nick Clegg (Sheffield Hallam) – realise she was talking about the same Police force that covers their constituencies? That the culture/ corruption affecting policing in Rotherham might stretch to other areas covered by the same Police the force? Could this be viewed as “a lack of professional curiosity”, like the Councillors in Rotherham?

      As it goes, I can’t see how they can avoid an inquiry now, not after this. I don’t think it should be done by HMIC though – this was their last inspection of SYP with respect to child protection in May 2014:

      Click to access south-yorkshire-national-child-protection-inspection.pdf

      “Inspectors were pleased to find:

      South Yorkshire Police has a clear set of priorities to protect children and has made progress to improve services;
      there has been a significant increase in capacity in child protection teams and additional training for specialist roles;
      most staff were well trained for their roles and committed to protecting children; briefings had been delivered to a wide range of personnel to raise awareness of child protection; and
      the force had good relationships with partner agencies and local safeguarding children’s boards. Professionals from different agencies were working together in co-located teams and this was paying dividends.”

      Difficult to see how any dividends are being paid, given the lack of prosecutions.

      “However, inspectors were concerned to find:

      for the most part, the force responded well when the case clearly identified a child in need of protection, but in difficult or complex cases the response was weak;
      there were shortcomings in police performance in Doncaster in the protection of children in care homes with limited understanding of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children;
      the police response to child sexual exploitation was inconsistent across the force area. Inspectors saw some good practice, but the police response needed to improve in Barnsley and Doncaster. Inspectors found some individual cases of concern; and
      children were being unnecessarily detained in police custody overnight”

      HM Inspector of Constabulary Dru Sharpling said:

      “South Yorkshire Police is clearly prioritising child protection, and has made some good progress, particularly in cases where concerns about children have been clearly identified at the outset.

      “We are concerned that force practice is inconsistent so not all children receive the standard of treatment they deserve. More must be done to improve the care of children in custody. We were also concerned about the lack of understanding of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children, and shortcomings in the protection of children in care.

      “We encourage South Yorkshire Police to address our concerns as a matter of urgency, and have asked that within six weeks it provides us with a plan on how it intends to act on our recommendations.”

      No mention of problems in Sheffield, but Doncaster and Barnsley (neither of which APPEAR to have problems with grooming gangs, but watch this space) require improvements. Perhaps HMIC suffer from the same problems as OFSTED did when inspecting RMBC?

      Get Louise Casey to run the inquiry with Alexis Jay assisting, we know they are not afraid of telling it how it really is, and we know they won’t rest until they are satisfied they have produced a report which does just that.


  2. Please keep in mind, there is an obvious reason why the BBC are suddenly quite happy to expose events taking place in Rotherham and Sheffield. Conveniently, at a national level, it diverts the public’s attention away from their own organisation’s issues regarding the widespread cover-up of child abuse going on in their own back yard. All main political parties have a vested interest in ensuring that there is a damage limitation exercise in that area, as the problem goes right to the very top of the establishment and no politician in the land has the courage to speak out.
    Meanwhile, please consider the possibility, that the Senior Command Team of South Yorkshire Police are hell-bent on a wider strategy to see their badly tarnished police force disbanded and merge with West Yorkshire Police. These new exposures will conveniently serve as a catalyst for that. Mark my words. The terrible legacy of the Hillsborough cover-up will have to be buried by rebranding the force with a new name.
    Also, readers should ponder upon the likely motives behind the fruitless raid by South Yorkshire Police on Cliff Richard’s home in Berkshire. It seems to me that the only beneficiaries of that bungled joint exercise between SYP, the BBC and OPERATION YEWTREE are the powers that be. They benefit because the bungled raid serves merely as a convenient excuse for hampering more searching investigations that should be undertaken into a national problem that is far wider than one small part of the north of England and one particular ethnic group.


    • “Please keep in mind, there is an obvious reason why the BBC are suddenly quite happy to expose events taking place in Rotherham and Sheffield. Conveniently, at a national level, it diverts the public’s attention away from their own organisation’s issues regarding the widespread cover-up of child abuse going on in their own back yard.”

      Do you really suppose that the pattern of extreme abuse exposed by Bindel/Norfolk/Jay/Casey as regards Rotherham, and now unsuprisingly emerging in Sheffield, is confined to South Yorkshire? I’ve heard of parochial but that’s ridiculous. Never heard of Rochdale, Derby, Telford Oxford? There’s a whole foul litany, town after town, city after city. Targeted grooming, gang rape, trafficking, pimping with victims numbered in the tens of thousands

      There has been a plethora of enquiries into Savile, some still ongoing. Apparently the BBC may end up spending £10 million on enquiries before they are finished. So I don’t know what more you would want here Tony. Savile has generated nothing less than a media feeding frenzy.

      I agree diversionary tactics have been unsparingly employed, but not in the way you see it. The Guardian for instance has an atrocious record of denial in its “coverage” of the “Asian” grooming epidemic”; but over Savile they have waxed lyrical. One might say gone into an hysterical.

      “Under the headline “Oblivion’s Too Good For Him,” the newspaper that remains required reading for the British left published an editorial that was so hysterical and so bizarre that it suggested the writer (who is sadly unnamed) might require a few weeks leave to calm himself down.

      Its subject was Jimmy Savile. Bemoaning the fact that no Hell exists in which Mr Savile could be condemned to “eternal torment,” the editorial went on to make an extraordinary comparison:

      “If there is one thing to make the most benign agnostics wish that there were a God to punish sinners with eternal torment, it is the contemplation of history’s monsters. Oblivion is too good for the likes of Pol Pot, and for Jimmy Savile, too.””


      Nothing ott there then, nothing whipping up the frenzy even further,

      “Also, readers should ponder upon the likely motives behind the fruitless raid by South Yorkshire Police on Cliff Richard’s home in Berkshire”

      Cui bono?

      I don’t think we need to ponder too far as regards SYP. This grotesque operation was carried out a few days before the Jay Report was published, so the diversionary motivation is pretty obvious; desperation stakes.


      • Editor. Sorry, I noticed a couple of typos in my last post. Thereforee, could this be corrected by this replacement, please?

        In further response to Parsonage.

        Welcome though this latest BBC revelation is from two whistle-blowing ex-police officers from the beleaguered South Yorkshire Police, any understanding of the role of the BBC with respect to what’s going on here, is predicated on discovering their unpublished secrets, rather than learning from the facts, they selectively make known to the public.

        Historically, the BBC have been all too often more than happy to peddle government lies and propaganda on the really big issues of our time. For well over a decade, the BBC have maintained a blatantly deceitful and Machiavellian position on issues of truly global importance. They did it with the 9-11 false flag. They did it with the 7-7 inside job. They do it on a bogus terror threat construct. And now, they are happily doing it on Child Sexual Exploitation, by the selective exposure of a northern county and one already tarnished police force. The degree to which the BBC are happy to expose Child Sexual Exploitation, when it involves certain ethnic minority groups, is inversely proportional to their silence about equally serious allegations concerning the ‘white might’ corridors of power in Westminster and Buckingham Palace.

        The BBC elegantly and dramatically expose issues when they have evidence which supports a narrative to their liking. However, until the BBC and all other mainstream media resources, collectively start to come clean on the above mentioned monstrous cover-ups and bogus constructs, then the BBC will remain most undeserving of a licence fee they charge the public. As for the broadsheet newspapers, they ought to be viewed to the nation at large, as unwelcome as Murdoch’s Sun Newspaper is to the supporters of the 96.

        Returning to the BBC coverage of the latest Sheffield grooming cover-up revelations, and the “heroic” exploits of former police officers, Gary Birchall and Tony Brooks, it would be fascinating to learn why they did not blow the whistle sooner. Don’t misunderstand, I am greatly encouraged that my two former colleagues have done this seemingly brave act and I am glad that the BBC have actually covered it, but why could these two former intelligent police officers not have spoken out about this much earlier? The other question to ask here is this. Have they leaked this to the BBC with the Chief Constable’s secret consent? I don’t know the answer, but I feel it only right to ask the searching questions.

        As a former whistle-blower, I myself was sacked as the Principal Intelligence Analyst of South Yorkshire Police, for speaking truth to power in 2010. I take the view that there are many police officers and police staff of South Yorkshire Police, who only have themselves to blame for the fact that their organisation is collectively being hung out to dry, from nearly every corner imaginable. For far too long, local police officers, as with local politicians, have all collectively shown wilful blindness and kept quiet on blatantly obvious areas of police and public service malpractice. Before I dare become mildly critical of Gary Birchall and Tony Brooks, by saying I suppose it is better late than never, let me qualify myself by saying that to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

        With respect to the Cliff Richard raid and the SYP motivation behind it, its explanation may not be as obvious as one might immediately assume. If I am correct, Parsonage attributes it to ‘desperation stakes’. By that, I assume that it is implied that the act of desperation sits squarely with SYP. That is one possible explanation I suppose, but actually, I am far from persuaded that that is the correct one. SYP appear to have come out of that obviously risky exercise badly battered and bruised by it. Yet, that seemingly undesirable outcome for South Yorkshire Police, would surely have been entirely foreseeable to any sensible thinking Chief Constable. Crompton will have thought this through, surely.

        The risks would have been carefully considered before any such operation was sanctioned. The only conceivable way that SYP could ultimately benefit from such an adventure, would be if the raid subsequently led to arrests, charges, prosecutions and incarcerations for guilty parties. From my limited vantage point, that prospect seems a remote one. Only time will tell. My point here, just to avoid the possibility of misunderstanding, is that this joint BBC / SYP operation, could well have been a deliberate stage-managed spoil, undertaken jointly with the BBC, and also the Intelligence Services, with the specific aim of firmly fixing the nation’s focus on the sins of SYP, and conveniently shifting and confining a perceived problem to be associated with one already hopelessly tarnished police force and one sacrificial geographical area, when the reality of the problem, as Parsonage points out, is much wider. Cliff Richard, as a supposedly innocent celebrity, could be widely perceived here as an innocent victim which might then conveniently deter future actions of the police against such high profile figures.

        Parsonage asks cui bono. So Cui bono?

        To answer that question, the following question is posed. Have the actions of SYP, made future investigations into the antics of the BBC, more or less likely? I suppose, the question I am trying to ask is this. Is the Chief Constable, David Crompton, working in the best interests of ACPO PLC, and a malevolent National Security apparatus underpinned by its propaganda arm, the BBC, or is he genuinely serving the interests of the citizens and victims of South Yorkshire? One, does not automatically equate to the other, especially when there is such a potential massive conflict of interest, as could so easily be the case here. At a national level, is South Yorkshire being used as the scape-goat to cover up even worse things at sea?

        I suggest that readers could do worse things than to examine the disconcerting signs within the Gill Dando assassination case and the comings and goings at the BBC over that. In that case, the Metropolitan police framed an innocent man, presumably because it kept the really big issue inside the BBC from being exposed.



        I was no fan of former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, and I am not an apologist for him now, but he at least hinted at one very pertinent question which has never been answered satisfactorily. Why are they, meaning the government, picking on South Yorkshire?

        Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things

        So in answer to the main question, has the BBC woken up?

        My answer to Parsonage is this.

        No, most certainly not, the BBC lies squarely at the heart of the wider problem associated with many of the sicknesses in our society.

        Finally, in response to one other reflective point raised by Parsonage.

        “If there is one thing to make the most benign agnostics wish that there were a God
        to punish sinners with eternal torment, it is the contemplation of history’s monsters. Oblivion is too good for the likes of Pol Pot, and for Jimmy Savile, too.””

        Check out this, as there are far more Pol Pot’s and Jimmy Savile’s heading for that fate than we might care to think.



  3. What has the Police Commissonier Billings been doing all this time. Correct me if l’m wrong. But wasn’t he a councillor in Sheffied, so when the abuse in Rotherham broke, even he would’ve known it was probably rife in Sheffied. Was he not aware of the £50.000 the council gave to the Police to deal with CSE. Is it not dawning on this man, that if the Police failed to investigate these crimes in Rotheham and now Sheffied, then they would’ve failed to investigate in other towns, like Doncaster, Keithly and Leeds. As for betts asking for SYP to be investigated, another politician passing the buck.


  4. They will only have REALLY woken up when they move on from easy interviews to actually INVESTIGATING what’s behind the story. So in the case of SYP in Sheffield they need to go beyond the headlines and investigate the role of the Council in the same way as they have in Rotherham.

    In Rotherham CSE has been largely pinned on RMBC. In Sheffield CSE has been largely pinned on SYP

    You begin to have some sympathy with Stone’s comment about balance and witch-hunt (which before you all shout is not the same as me saying we should have sympathy with Stone)


    • Caven,
      Maybe because it is not within the remit of either of the Select Committees that they Chair?
      Perhaps the Standards committee might be appropriate?


  5. The BBC could have been investigating this from 2004 but they chose not to. After the Times broke the story the BBC’s main response was phone hacking – night after night on the main news for months attacking the corporation that owns the Times when they could have been reporting on industrial scale child abuse.

    But if the story can be made big enough so that not reporting it fully makes it look like they’re trying to cover it up then eventually they’ll be forced to report it fully.

    As to plod vs politicians it was bound to turn into that if the story got too big to hide. The politicians will try and dump it all on plod but at the end of the day plod have only got themselves to blame.


  6. “The politicians will try and dump it all on plod but at the end of the day plod have only got themselves to blame.”

    It’s a dynamic situation though. In the coming weeks we can be certain victims and their relations will come forward and say, ” I told such and such a Sheffield councillor or MP and he or she did nothing about it”. There must be some seriously quivering sphincters out there. And that’s good. It’s like an old powder train; set the match and off it goes spluttering and fizzing and it takes a bit of time, then BANG when it gets to the barrels of gunpowder. This has the potential to take out many of complicit including some pretty high profile figures, and do irreparable damage to various culpable institutions.

    This is one of the worst betrayals of our own people in modern history; parallel that springs to mind is the cruelty of child slavery during the early Industrial Revolution when workhouse pauper children were rounded up and forced to work 14 hours days, in dreadfully unsafe environments and horribly mistreated. Did some ancestry research and found out that a great-great grandfather was a “teazer” in a Lancs cotton mill at age 8; child slave by any other name.

    But there you go, lose sight of your history and it happens again; this time sexual slavery of the vilest stamp. Oh but now we have this wonderful thing called representative democracy,allegedly. Tens of thousands of victims at least, yet their suffering was ostensibly well under the radar system of local and national representation. Really?

    How many MPs and local councillors went public and kicked up a fuss? Far as I know Ann Cryer, and that’s about it; and that’s out of hundreds, thousands of MPs and councillors during the last 20 years minimum. There’s a legion of the guilty out there; the ideologues, the cowards, the cynics, the opportunists, chancers. If there’s any justice it is payback time – a time for public humiliation, for prison sentence;, for loss of office, of pension, and of prerequisites; karma they say is a bitch; I hope it is so.

    If anyone isn’t moved to rage about this, there’s something wrong with them.


    • Parsonage – do you know what a “teazer” actually does? – well I do.
      I was born in a Lancashire cotton towns over 72 years ago, and I guess I was about 11 when I first went into the Stanley cotton mill, Heywood to help one of my cousins, Shirley – 7 years older than me – who was finding it hard to keep up in the weaving section.
      My granddad had taught me how to “twist” just using my fingers, long before that . (He ultimately became Life President of the Twisters, Drawers and Grinders Trade Union – the craft union of the cotton industry.) I got hooked on doing “sums” sitting and working next you him in the local trade union hall on Thursday nights – when the union members came in to pay the dues – he was Union Treasurer. That was when I was 3 years old – and somewhat later my BSc was in Maths and my PhD is in a maths-related subject.)

      It had never ever entered my head that I was ever a Child Slave! Thanks for telling me.


      • It’s a shame RR that a knowledge of history does not seem to figure amongst your accomplishments. How can we judge of the present if we know little of the past?

        I was referring back to 1841 with this snippet

        “a great-great grandfather was a “teazer” in a Lancs cotton mill at age 8; child slave by any other name.”

        And I used the term child slave advisedly

        “But while parents sent their children to work with heavy hearts, the workhouses – where orphaned and abandoned children were deposited – had no such scruples. A child sent out to work was one mouth fewer to feed, so they were regularly sold to masters as ‘pauper apprentices’.
        In exchange for board and lodging, they would work without wages until adulthood. If they ran away, they would be caught, whipped and returned to their master.
        Some were shackled to prevent them escaping, with ‘irons riveted on their ankles, and reaching by long links and rings up to the hips, and in these they were compelled to walk to and fro from the mill to work and to sleep’.
        It was also legal at this time to capture vagrant children and force them into apprenticeships: slavery in all but name


        This was an evil time for many English people, I read a number of books on the subject – notably EP Thompson’s “The English Working Class”, Brian Inglis “Poverty in Industrialisation”, Engels “The Condition of the Working Class in England”, Wm Cobbett’s writing and so forth.

        EP Thompson’s book(1963), which was a standard under-graduate text, seems sad in many ways now – because the people he lionised, arguably romanticsed, went from hero to zero in less than 50 years. So low had they sunk in political class and bureaucratic regard that young girls became victims of rape gangs on an industrial scale, and few seemed to be that concerned.

        The appallingly exploited mill children during the worst of the Industrial Revolution were victims of a liberal economic philosophy known at the time as “political economy”; they were just units of labour; if they were worked until they collapsed, or they were mangled in unguarded machinery, if they were more than half starved, it didn’t matter. There were plenty more around.

        Similarly over the past 20 years or so the descendants of the survivors have been sexually enslaved in the most vile way, thanks to the apparently all encompassing and utterly insidious left-liberal philosophy of political correctness.

        Whereas 150 years ago it was the mill owner and his overseers who acted with cruelty and callousness now we have apparatchiks in the so-called public services and elected politicians turning the face of stony indifference and denial to great suffering.

        I’m to sure which is the greater betrayal


  7. The politicians have got together and decided that the police will be made to carry the can, and the role of other politicians in ignoring decades of sexual abuse will be downplayed as much as possible. SYP have lots of questions to answer for sure, but they aren’t the only ones!


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