What did the Imams really say?
After the 2010 Rotherham grooming and sexual exploitation convictions a meeting was held between leading members of Rotherham’s political establishment and the imams of the local mosques.
According to MP Denis MacShane’s diary the Imams were as shocked as Rotherham’s leaders.
My sources tell me that this is technically true only because the town’s establishment weren’t shocked at all having been fully informed of the burgeoning problem for years as a result of the comprehensive briefings from Risky Business.
Macshane himself was actually invited to address one of the conferences called to discuss the gang rape explosion. He turned up in an apparent state of inebriation and delivered a rambling speech on the need for different ethnic groups to get along and respect one another’s cultural differences.
I will leave it to the reader to speculate what relevance MacShane thought his remarks had to the topic of Mirpuri heritage grooming and rape gangs.
As for the imams actual response it is known not only to many members of Rotherham’s establishment but also to many local Labour Party members as a certain outraged former Mayor kicked up a huge fuss at a party meeting. However it was agreed that to tell the truth would risk riots on the streets. Hence the truth was buried.
George Orwell observed that the left of his day were always saying that one shouldn’t speak the truth about one topic or another for fear of playing into the hands of the other side. To which I would observe that if one has to lie so as not to help the other side one needs to question if one is on the right side.
It is surely now indisputable that the authors of the ‘speak no evil” policy were on the wrong side, both morally and historically, in the light of that policy’ s manifest consequences.
Rotherham a byword for sickening depravity and a target for far right agitators from across the land, Asian women threatened with revenge rapes and an 81 year old man beaten to death on his way to morning prayers by a gang of racists incensed by RMBC’s and SYP’s cover up.
I would appeal to those members of the local political establishment and the Rotherham Labour who know the truth about the meeting with the imams to consider whether, given the track record of lying, it might not be time to give telling the truth a try?
How about it guys? Time to treat the public like adults and tell them what really went down?