Does this ring a bell?

Dear Rotherham Politics readers,

In the context of the recent wicked child sex exploitation and grooming scandal which continues to engulf our dear town I came across this jpeg which more than sums up my thoughts with regards to the actions, inactions, and current situation regarding those Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns locked deep within the bunker at THT-Lubyanka …

From an active and empowered citizen,

Rotherham Sex Scandal – Day 14 – Advertiser must tell us the truth!

Andrew Norfolk and the Times, finally brought to everyone’s attention, an issue Rotherham Politics had been raising for many months, with limited success beyond our readership.

The Rotherham Advertiser has caught up somewhat for lost time in the last two editions but has still to get at some of the central issues involved, put the questions to those responsible, insist they give answers and then make them public, so that us plebs, can judge for ourselves. That is, after all, one of the prime functions of a free press in this country!

I raised more than an eyebrow when, after reading the reporting this week, I started on the letters and came across the following words from an anonymous correspondent:

“I’m getting the impression from your coverage (last week) that a meeting between the Advertiser and the police and Rotherham Council took place to discuss how best to deal with reporting this crime. The effect this has had on your reports is obvious. I urge you to balance it out.”

Unless I missed it, the Advertiser have neither reported on this to readers, nor did they deny the implication in the letter that a meeting had taken place, in an editorial aside, for example, after the letter!

Has the ‘Tiser been sworn to secrecy by SY Police and RMBC and this was the only way they felt they had to let us know? We should be told!

Remember SY Police and RMBC, we have been told in the Times and Advertiser, are the selfsame organisations that have kept these harrowing facts from us for sixteen years! Why should we be surprised therefore, that they would still be trying to minimise the embarrassment to themselves, now!

This is just the time for the Advertiser to stand up for us, get at the full truth and publish it! Not for them to be co-opted into being ‘careful’ in their reporting. That approach is censorship, pure and simple!

Shaun Wright – Inconvenient fact three – still hiding the truth?

Dear Cllr Wright,

I note with some concern, but no surprise, that you have now failed to either acknowledge or respond to my previous e-mails to you of Friday, 21 September, 2012, 11:14 hrs and Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 15:44 hrs, and which I am now forwarding to you for third time.

Your public failure to reasonably acknowledge or respond to me speaks more eloquently to me of the contempt with which you view those active and empowered citizens who exercise their democratic right to scrutinise, challenge and enquire of those who are elected to serve the public.

In fact your lack of response so far makes for a far more interesting story than any facts or figures you may have wished to give to me in response to my democratic request.

I will continue to scrutinise, challenge and enquire of you both now, and in the future should you be elected to the position of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Yours Sincerely,
Donald H. Buxton

Shaun Wright – Inconvenient fact – Two

This time from a private source. It is revelatory and goes some way to explain why Labour have got themselves into the mess with their hopeless candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright:

“We gave Shaun Wright the Mayoralty, to remove him from the Cabinet, after he failed in his Cabinet role as Member for Children and Families.

Then we pushed Shaun for the Police and Crime Commissioner post, to get him off RMBC and now he repays us by refusing to stand down!”

So there we have it, Shaun Wright has upset all of Labour Group after their little ruse to finally get rid of him looks to be failing, now Labour’s rank and file are getting increasingly angry and cannot understand how such an unsuitable liability, was ever selected in the first place!

It is certainly getting interesting for Shaun Wright and I am left wondering why Labour haven’t sorted this out already?

See also: The Shaun Wright (Labour Candidate for SY PCC) Files

Shaun Wright – Inconvenient fact – One

Thanks to another RikiLeaks correspondent we bring this inconvenient fact to your attention:

“During 2012, Labour Cllr Shaun Wright stood for the Chair of the SY Police Authority.

However, even his fellow SY Police Authority members (which by the way the majority members were from the Labour Party) did not have the confidence in him and he lost the ballot/vote.

He then reverted back to his position as vice chair. I wonder what this says about his abilities and credentials?”

Seems his own side, have a realistic view on Shaun Wright’s woeful lack of ability, when it comes to leadership! They know him best, we should take careful note of this.

Shaun Wright – From RikiLeaks Inbox

Over recent weeks RikiLeaks inbox has been busy. We bring you just a couple of today’s contributions. We are looking into the contents of several emails that will make for some good posts in the future, a huge thanks to all who have taken the trouble to contact us. Rik.

Source A said:

“Between 08.10.12 – 19.10.12 official nominations for Police and Crime Commissioner can be submitted.

Cllr Shaun Wright requires 100 Labour people to nominate him.

Now that most people are aware of his actions and on-going investigation into non declaration of funds anyone supporting his nomination are endorsing his actions which I’m sure they will be questioned by the public and press on why after being aware of his circumstances they still went ahead with the endorsements.

He is a liability to his party.”

Source B said:

“Shaun Wright turned up at last nights meeting with his usual fixed grin and vacant expression!

He has upset his comrades in Labour Group so much because of his greed! Too much even for them!

His crime? He recently announced at a Constituency meeting that should he be successful in November in the PCC elections, he would not be standing down as Borough Councillor for Rawmarsh!

There were obvious signs, of barely suppressed, anger towards Shaun Wright!

Wonder how many will be signing anything in support of him now? Not many of those present last night that’s for sure!”

How to win friends and influence people, not!”

Shaun Wright – Gillian Radcliffe exposes bias shown by SY Police Authority? They must already know the election result!

“It’s totally wrong for a candidate to be involved in selecting staff for the elected PCC, regardless of whether or not Shaun Wright wins.

It’s a governance issue and, dare I mention again, an integrity issue. I’ve previously called for him to resign from the PA and he has ignored me. This, and other things we may yet be unaware of, is the result.

I can’t say I’m surprised. I was standing when the PA announced the candidates Question Time event. I found out about it from Twitter.

In Shaun Wright’s case, he had been consulted over the date and arrangements. They had “forgotten” to mention it to me, despite the fact I was at the time the only other (declared) candidate and had made myself known to the senior officials. Also, there was a general offer of a briefing by the former Chief Executive.

I responded with dates the following week that I was in the area and could be available. Nobody responded to my email until those dates had passed. My email had been overlooked.!

Accidentally or not, the Police Authority risk creating an impression of bias towards one candidate and/or party.

Those standing against him need to be on their guard against further behaviour of this kind and the new Chief Executive needs to get a grip, regardless of who she thinks her boss will be in late November!”

From a comment left by Gillian Radcliffe

Shaun Wright’s stupidity – investigated!

Shaun Wrights campaign to become South Yorkshire’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner has suffered another huge blow!

Rothpol has learned of an investigation, by the Electoral Commission, into undeclared substantial donations to his campaign!

Yesterdays revelation that Shaun Wright had abused his position and participated in the selection of the Interim Chief Executive were bad enough, but today’s reveal him to be arrogantly contemptuous of the rules. Or perhaps his crass stupidity is revealed at last!

Surely time for Shaun Wright to stand down!

How could Shaun Wright be so stupid?

Dear Rotherham Politics Readers,

Last week I asked a few questions of our South Yorkshire Police Authority in relation to the recent recruitment and interview of the Interim Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Police Authority. Attached in this e-mail is the prompt, transparent, and detailed response I have just received.

You may imagine my surprise and alarm when read that among the interview panel there is a rather familiar name to many Rotherham citizens – Cllr Shaun Wright (Vice-chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority).

Yes, that’s the same Shaun Wright who is Labour’s candidate for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Surely he should have declared an interest in this appointment and withdrawn from the whole interview process? Well that’s my opinion.

No doubt you will form your own opinion after reading the info that SYPA freely and very willingly supplied. As far as I’m concerned I feel that any candidate for PCC should not be involved in any appointments to SYPA in order to ensure that there can be no accusations of undue process or cronyism and that the proceedings are as transparent as possible.

Kind Regards,
Donald H. Buxton

— On Tue, 2/10/12, Kaplan Leon <> wrote:

From: Kaplan Leon <>
Subject: South Yorkshire Police Authority
To: Don Buxton
Date: Tuesday, 2 October, 2012, 11:09

Ref: FOIA/595/LK

Dear  Mr Buxton

Thank you for your email of 1 October 2012 where you requested information about the interview for the post of Interim Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Police Authority. Your request has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The information you requested is below.

1.    South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat operates a shared services model providing support to the South Yorkshire Joint Authorities (Fire, Police, Pensions and Transport.) Under the Police and Social Reform Act 2011, this arrangement will automatically transfer to the Police and Crime Commissioner in November.

The Chief Executive and Treasurer of the Police Authority was also Clerk & Treasurer of the other Joint Authorities. Under this legislation, a Commissioner must have a separate Chief Executive and Treasurer. The current Clerk and Treasurer of the Joint Authorities has assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer for the Commissioner.

The Interim Chief Executive has been designated from within the existing resources of South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat, which will allow the newly elected Commissioner to recruit his or her own Chief Executive at some point in the future.

Two internal candidates applied and both were interviewed.

2.    Members of the Authority’s Selection Committee conducted the interview: Charles Perryman JP (Chair), Cllr Shaun Wright (Vice-chair), Cllr Barbara Hoyle, Jill Bartop; Beryl Seaman CBE JP and Cllr Terry Sharman.  (Kash Walayat OBE sent apologies.)

Steve Pick, Clerk and Treasurer and Stephanie Barker, Head of Human Resources and Business Support at South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat, attended as advisors to the panel.

3.    The grading system used was for all senior appointments in the police service, which is based on Home Office recruitment guidance. Please see attached. Download pdfs below.

4.    A copy of the formal questions that the Interview Panel asked is attached. Members of the Selection Committee asked their own questions arising from the candidates’ responses.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Maureen Oades, Deputy Chief Executive and Solicitor at or to the postal address below.

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,

Leon Kaplan
Information Manager

Downloadable documents provided:
2012.02.10 – SYPA a
2012.02.10 – SYPA b
2012.02.10 – SYPA c
2012.02.10 – SYPA d
2012.02.10 – SYPA e

What have we learned?

Firstly, last week in brief:

Monday last, The Times published the first front page story regarding sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham.

Within a very short time the first out of the blocks, trying to defend the indefensible were South Yorkshire Police, who were all over the local airwaves on Monday, like a rash!

Joyce Thacker on local Radio on Tuesday, tried her best but succeeded in raising more questions, than she provided answers.

Wednesday saw Jahangir Akhtar, the Deputy Leader of Rotherham MBC on the local airwaves that ended up being far more revelatory than he could have intended at the time?

The established narrative by Wednesday, from both Rotherham MBC and South Yorkshire Police, was this is an old problem, we have responded appropriately and this issue is now in the past!

Thursday on Radio Sheffield, featured Andrew Norfolk, whose testimony gave the lie to most of the earlier defences mounted by South Yorkshire Police, Joyce Thacker and Jahangir Akhtar!

Friday brought the Advertiser, a quite wonderful edition, showing the local press at it’s finest! The Advertiser dealt with this most harrowing of issues in a sensitive manner. Their coverage contained much new information as a result of their own investigations, which they published without fear or favour. No doubt, they will have more to report on this scandal, on Friday?

Against last weeks background was also the revelations first from Rochdale, then from Oxford, which tends to lead one to the conclusion, that this is an issue right across the country. Rotherham’s experience is just one example of this phenomenon, there is nothing unique about our Town!

The facts:

This problem first manifested itself in Rotherham 15 years ago according to Roger Stone, just as the Labour Government were elected and just a handful of years after the now infamous Hillsborough cover-up, by South Yorkshire Police.

A culture of denial, the blaming of the victims and a desire to placate certain interests such as often described under the heading, ‘community cohesion’, seem to have been prime motivation for what appears now, to have been a conspiracy of silence and cover-up!

The fact is, there is no delicate way to describe what is now known, Pakistani men have been engaged in paedophilia, rape and trafficking young children, together with all the attendant crimes involved.

This is a nation-wide problem, Rotherham’s story and that of Oldham, Rochdale and Oxford betray an established pattern of offending.

All of Rotherham’s citizens must have gone through the same emotions during the last week, of shock horror and revulsion! This was confirmed on Sunday, in the Eastern Air broadcast to have deeply shocked the Asian community in the same way as everyone.

No racist should take any comfort, from anything they may read on Rotherham Politics, we abhor intolerance of any kind and we would totally agree with Jahangir Akhtar’s statement on twitter, “Best response to EDL if they come to our town is to ignore them and let the police deal with the racist scum.”

The EDL and others are just trying to provoke a reaction from those opposed to them, the best response therefore is to give them no response! The EDL are coming to Rotherham, they are not from Rotherham! We should take note of that!