Smoke signals from the Lubyanka


Twitter now seems to fulfil the role formerly occupied by smoke signals, it would appear. These two tweets from Garth Dennison of the Advertiser, tells most of the story without the burdensome waffle. Independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in … Continue reading

You couldn’t make this up!


Commissioner Wright commissions three major reviews into child sexual exploitation Three major reviews into how agencies in South Yorkshire manage child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences past and present have been commissioned by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright. … Continue reading

Not Even On The Same Page?


Rotherham Politics and a wide range of the readership, are committed to bring justice to all those children whose pleas for help went unanswered! We knew right from the start, that as far as South Yorkshire was concerned, this would … Continue reading

Confirmation from Parliamentary Review


A Parliamentary Review confirms what Rothpol has always said. “There is no evidence that children are any safer fro sexual abuse because of the Councils meaningless new paper policies. Right then, that’s where we are. Bit embarrassing, but we can … Continue reading

Spring Political Season Starts

When the ‘Spring Conference Season’ has come and gone and the Members of Parliament back in their constituencies for Easter, some preparing their local election strategies, it is time for Rothpol to shake himself out of his torpor and get back to holding all of our local politicians to account.

Firstly some catching up to do, followed by the fruits of our own investigation into the fundamentally undemocratic nature of the Labour Party in parts of our Borough, plus reader supplied, news and comment on the issues of the day.

Some you might have missed:

The Star, Rotherham MP backs charity campaign, Troubled Magna to ask council for another loan, South Yorkshire detectives ordered to smarten up and Peer suspended by Labour

The Advertiser, PCC rejects fears over sex exploitation of missing kids, iPads point the way to a paper-less future for Rotherham Council and Rotherham driver pays price for illegal ‘taxi’ passengers

First piece of political gossip concerning the 2014 local government elections May 2014 Labour Party nominations. Gerald Smith, we have been told, will be seeking re-election for another four year term. Wonder if Dick Russell’s ward will be letting him stand again?

Plus, why is this post, The Uncomfortable Truth About Jahangir Akhtar! at a total now of 184070 page views, still number one today?

Andrew Norfolk wins Paul Foot Award

Andrew Norfolk of the Times has won this years Private Eye Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism for his two year investigation into the child sexual exploitation phenomenon in Rotherham and Rochdale. Thoroughly deserved!

The Paul Foot Award 2012 – Winner
Andrew Norfolk
The Times
Child sexual exploitation
Andrew Norfolk’s two-year investigation into the targeting, grooming and sexual exploitation of teenage girls by organised groups of men has prompted two government-ordered inquiries, a parliamentary inquiry and a new national action plan on child sexual exploitation.
The investigation revealed a crime model that police and care agencies refused to recognise – that most of the victims were white and a majority of those in identified abuse networks were men of Pakistani origin.
Andrew Norfolk’s powerful articles revealed how the reluctance of agencies to acknowledge and confront a widespread form of abuse in deprived northern communities had broken families and shattered the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable children.
Andrew Norfolk’s reports consistently ran throughout last year, exposing past failures to protect children and prosecute offenders – when detailed intelligence was held about victims and perpetrators. The campaign has been instrumental in forcing all concerned with the protection of children to give a higher priority to cases of sexual exploitation.

In times of universal deceit?

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Unfortunately for us citizens of Rotherham, Orwell’s quotation seems to have great resonance in our Town of today.

The Labour Party has always taken the people for granted, now they seem to have become fond of deploying the most outrageous and despicable untruths, in order to garner future electoral support for themselves, based on downright lies and deceptions!

Why does the Labour Party fail to deal with their completely out of control members?

The likely result? Labour will take a pasting from those, who oppose and utterly reject their ‘old fashioned’, control freakery! There is revolution brewing in parts of our town and it is increasing with every day that passes by.

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

Exposing the lies and half truths on Child exploitation

This deeply worrying headline is doing the rounds on social media networks including Twitter, what is being suggested here?

That the Rotherham child victims lied about being sexually abused?

That the Social Workers working with the abused children lied?

The parents of the child victims lied?

That national and local journalists covering the Rotherham abuse scandal lied?

Words fail me, a total disgrace.

Ralph Tipping

See also: Exposing the truth on child exploitation in Rotherham

Rotherham sex grooming case makes Wikipedia

Rotherham is getting famous, spotted by Cerberus:

Rotherham sex grooming case, Wikipedia.

Don’t make us laugh?

A comedy piece surely, from the Star?

My deputy is good value for money

Published on Monday 21 January 2013 09:12

I am responding to “Disgruntled Pensioner” (Star letters, 17 January instant) regarding concerns after the announcement of the appointment of a Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire.

While the remuneration for my deputy is from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget, I can assure your readers that not only do I take very great care with any necessary expenditure of my office, but I am held fully accountable for it.

I would like to take the opportunity to point out to your readers that the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner replaces the previous lesser role of 17 Police Authority Members, each of whom received an annual allowance of £12,130, so the combined remuneration for my deputy and myself is far lower than it was previously. Read on……