Home Secretary, Theresa May, introduced the debate thus:
“Professor Alexis Jay’s report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 is a terrible account of the appalling failures by Rotherham council, the police and other agencies to protect vulnerable children. What happened was a complete dereliction of duty.The report makes for shocking reading: 1,400 children—on a conservative estimate—were sexually exploited, raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities, abducted, beaten and intimidated…
Many have also suffered the injustice of seeing their cries for help ignored and the perpetrators not yet brought to justice. There can be no excuse for that…OK, so far.
Failings by Rotherham council… have been identified. This includes the inadequate scrutiny by councillors, institutionalised political correctness, the covering up of information and the failure to take action against gross misconduct…
I am clear that cultural concerns, both the fear of being seen as racist and the disdainful attitude to some of our most vulnerable children, must never stand in the way of child protection.”
For once a top politician appears to be on our side. However, she then said this:
“We know that child sexual exploitation happens in all communities.”May used this excusatory meme on several occasions during the course of the debate.
“In Rotherham 1,400 children were groomed, raped and exploited; 1,400 lives were devastated by abuse. Criminals, rapists and traffickers have got away with it and may be harming other children now. The council, social services, the police—people supposed to protect our children—failed time and again to keep them safe.Again, it is encouraging to note such righteous outrage emanating from Westminster.
Alexis Jay’s report is damning. It is never an excuse to turn a blind eye to evidence of children being abused. It is never an excuse that vulnerable girls may have consented to their own abuse. It is never an excuse to use race and ethnicity or community relations as an excuse not to investigate and punish sex offenders…
This is not just about Rotherham. If we look at Oxfordshire, Rochdale, the abuse by Savile ignored or covered up in the BBC and the health service, north Wales care homes, and allegations around Westminster and Whitehall, we see that this is about every town and city in the country. It is about every community. Time and again, it is the same problems: children not being listened to, victims treated as though they were responsible for the crimes committed against them, and institutions that just looked the other way.”
But New Labour did NOTHING during the thirteen years it was in office and NEXT TO NOTHING was ever said. This evil was happening throughout the long years of Blair/Brown governance. They knew it was happening and some at the very top will, amost certainly, have encouraged the Rotherham and other authorities to cover up these crimes.
Cooper’s words are welcome but her sentiments have NO provenance. Apart from Ann Cryer’s rather meek attempts at exposure, no British parliamntarian made any serious attempt to sort out Muslim paedophilia in our towns and cities before New Labour lost power in 2010.
However, the same people were entirely happy to prosecute Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, for trying to alert us to the problem back in 2004. Bear this in mind as you pore through the parliamentary testimony cited below:
Graham Stuart, Tory MP for Beverley and Holderness, said this:
“We have institutionalised racism, and we now appear to have problems arising from an institutionalised fear of accusations of racism, whether in education in Birmingham or in safeguarding in Rotherham and elsewhere.”
“I am angry that the people paid to take care of those children let them down so appallingly. I am angry that the abusers are still out on the streets.
And I am most angry that at least 1,400 young people have not got the justice or the support that they deserve.”And yet, Champion, like May, sought to deflect majority anger by pointing up the paedophilia of white, British men.
Champion is a 'Common Purpose' graduate. As is the witch queen of Rotherham, now conveniently retired, Joyce Thacker.
One wonders how many more CP types litter the social security services, the police forces and council chambers of our country. How many of our MPs have received training in 'how to lead' the British people, as opposed to 'how to serve' them.