I’m concerned about Sarah Champion MP and her headless chicken impersonation; a decent centre left candidate would see me going elsewhere……Why?
Looking at her tweets over the past year she seems to have pulled back on ruthless pursuit of CSE perpetrators in Rotherham, instead preferring to talk generally about Child Sexual Abuse. Hiding our local issue in amongst the global one.
In my previous blog I pointed out that the Rotherham’s Child Safeguarding Group have in effect ignored the three Jay recommendations pertaining to the Kashmiri …and equally Sarah is silent about them, and the failure to implement the recommendations.
I counted to over a hundred charities and NGO working on the different aspects of Child Sexual Abuse …there are loads, even before we get to the obvious ones, ChildLine, Barnardo’s, Apna al Haq, the Womens Aid movement, THORN and so on.
So what does our Sarah do? Start up another one…Dare2Care……
Her new campaigns web site one can only describe it as bland…best summarised by the photo on web page http://goo.gl/o485LE. It appears to come straight from Brookside, or a video promo for a soulful bhangra band. In the land of Sarah it seems abusers and abused come from the beautiful people category of central casting.
Apparently Dare2Care will “facilitate debate about how we can challenge child abuse” and it will “unpack” a variety of questions and issues …don’t you love that term “unpack.” All meaningless drivel that fails to say what Dare2Care will bring to the party, other than act as a sop to Sarah’s ego.
There are some really good anti CSE organisations and web sites…look at Dare2Care and then ChildLine’s http://goo.gl/1KuMkM. Then ask what does Sarah’s add?
So why oh why Sarah? The site looks silly, frivolous and lightweight. Why not throw your weight behind one of the other organisations? Unity is after all strength.
Already rumours are flying around.
Is it her post Parliament career she’s building?
Or is she hiding CSE Rotherham style in among the forest of a term, Child Sexual Abuse. A part of the smoke screen of denial, and a way of not appearing hypocritical when no longer focusing on Rotherham’s problem of grooming gangs and organised crime. A sop to her guilt about avoiding the local problem.
And a last point…why did she release the story on “The Progress” web site? Progress being the Labour affiliated organisation once known as New Labour, and the brainwave of Mandelson, Blair and Labour’s right wing. Is it penance for nominating Corbyn?
My guess is that Sarah’s real motivation will be “unpacked” over the next six months.