Misplaced political correctness by Rotherham’s Labour led council combined with a staggering culture of denial allowed more than 1,400 vulnerable girls to be routinely abused by gangs of Asian men, a withering report has concluded.

Children as young as nine were groomed, trafficked and raped by members of the town’s Pakistani community, but a desperation to avoid being labelled as racist meant councillors turned a blind eye to the appalling abuse for 16 years.

A damning report, written by former Victims’ Commissioner, Louise Casey, has laid bare the true extent of the council’s failings and accused those in charge of deliberately trying to cover up scandal and silence whistle-blowers.

Just minutes after the report’s findings were published the entire Labour Cabinet of Rotherham Council resigned and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced he was sending in Government Commissioners to run things until new elections could be held next year.

So, political correctness is just being polite today about things we used to be impolite about in the past, is it?

BTW, when do we get to hang the social workers?

61 thoughts on “Surprise!”

  1. So how many of the local cops and politicians are in in this? Did they get to partake the abused or some other compensation? I know PC is supposed to make people stupid, but there has to be an element of aquisience to evil involved.

  2. “there has to be an element of aquisience to evil involved.”

    Remember, this is Labour we’re talking about. Evil is their M.O.

  3. So how many of the local cops and politicians are in in this?

    In the abuse? It doesn’t appear that any were involved.

    I’ve yet to get to the bit about S Yorks Police but the politicians were (according to the report):

    – concerned about keeping the “Pakistani Heritage Community” onside and were essentially willing to delegate all relevant matters to a couple of councillors from that community;
    – overly concerned about the image of the council as opposed to the delivery of children’s services;
    – and had a resolutely hierarchical structure with a tolerance of bullying and sexism that refused to listen to warnings from junior people.

    A particular issue seems to be that Youth workers, who actually had access to the real information, were treated as amateur incompetents by qualified social workers, who concentrated on the council’s responsibilities to younger children at the expense of the well-known (there was a significant police case, Operation CENTRAL, that resulted in convictions) risks to teenagers / young adults.

  4. Why only social workers? By all accounts the coppers deliberately turned a blind eye, people into whose care many of the children had been entrusted turned a blind eye when they disappeared for the whole night. I’m sure many in South Yorkshire and a few in Liverpool would pay to see South Yorkshire plod swinging in the breeze.

  5. ‘Misplaced political correctness’ – tautology klaxon. If PC could be useful we wouldn’t have invented a new term for it.

  6. ‘were essentially willing to delegate all relevant matters to a couple of councillors from that community’

    Ah, that will be why the feminists have been all over this.

  7. “…Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced he was sending in Government Commissioners to run things until new elections could be held next year.”

    So the same rosette colours can be elected, you mean?

  8. David Jones beat me to it.

    Good piece by Radders.

    How much do we reckon they will receive as “compensation”?

    Given that DLT gets two trials to try to bang him up for groping, I think they’ll get about £30k each.

  9. Just a thought…

    Harridan Harman has been a bit quiet on a real-life instance of trafficking, hasn’t she?

  10. wrong meme – Pickles has just suspended democracy for 15 months or so. Why not have elections to coincide with the upcoming general election?

  11. This story reached as high as the second headline on the local “England” section of the BBC news site, and has since sunk without trace. You would have thought they would have pushed a gigantic scandal about a Tory council much harder than this. Strange times!

  12. I’m going to go out on a limb and say nobody in the council or local Labour party will serve a day of jail time for this.

    However, the Guardian and the BBC will go all-in on the police angle.
    “How could they not know?” Calls for an inquiry. Heads must roll. Can the police be trusted? etc.

  13. Enough of this pointless frippery. Is it a coincidence that the Tories released this report just as the Page 3 campaign was gaining momentum?! I think not!

    Sisters, we must move the fight back onto the real enemy, the Sun, not these mythical ‘so-called’ rape gangs!

  14. alastair harris: “Pickles has just suspended democracy for 15 months or so. Why not have elections to coincide with the upcoming general election?”

    Because we don’t wait around on something like this. It’s been kicked into the tall grass for far too long already.

  15. “– and had a resolutely hierarchical structure with a tolerance of bullying and sexism that refused to listen to warnings from junior people.”

    Even when reporting on the results of PC evil they can’t resist trying to push the same fucking agenda. If any organisation has someone in charge it is a hierarchy–and if they were so full of “sexism” what happened to the “racism” that should have had the coppers all over the culprits.

  16. So Much for Subtlety

    So, political correctness is just being polite today about things we used to be impolite about in the past, is it?

    No. It is about an organised bullying campaign to silence anyone who might oppose the Left’s policies.

    Although it has spread so much that it is not unknown around here either.

  17. View from the Solent

    Given that Rotherham councillors spent (hundreds of?) thousands of pounds of council taxpayers’ money on High Court actions to try and suppress the original Times’ reporting of the abuses, are they not liable to surcharge?

  18. Could any legal experts advise the potential charges that could be brought against council official or police?

  19. They supposedly have a duty of care. If “duty” doesn’t imply some sort of sanction when they get it utterly fucking disastrously wrong, then what is it?

    > I know PC is supposed to make people stupid, but there has to be an element of aquisience to evil involved.

    No, it’s better than that: they’ve had it drummed into them for years that any and all claims that non-white people are behaving badly are evil. They didn’t acquiesce to evil; they thought they were fighting it.

  20. No mention whatsoever on the front page of the Guardian website. They do have room for a headline about how the Conservative Party is “bankrolled by hedge fund managers”, so the important story is covered.

  21. The Beeb was hard at work this week; in a programme about the Commons it presented the Labour MP for Rotherham as a doughty campaigner against child abuse. Jesus wept.

  22. The sections on the police are very limited (it was outwith the scope of this inquiry.)

    However, the police / council liaison was crap (even though they worked in a joint team, police had to get information from the council via the council’s FOI office and council employees had to provide their police colleagues with information via the 101 line.)

    It seems clear that the police would not take action if the victim was not keen to give evidence (hence complaints by parents, residential care workers etc weren’t followed up beyond the victim telling the cops to bugger off) and treatment of victims who did want to give evidence appeared dismissive and cursory.

    In all, a revolting performance from everybody except the youth work team (who were disbanded as a separate organisation in 2011 and brought under social care, where they were treated like third or fourth class citizens.)

    Social care, as noted in the more recent OP were much more concerned about “child neglect” by parents, and for an unfortunately-not-peculiar definition of ‘neglect’, than what was essentially, and in many cases legally, child rape.

  23. The cops will be hung out to dry, and doubtless some should be.

    Some councillors may pay something of a price; some social services bods too. Good.

    But the unpleasant truth about this case is that the kind of girls this stuff happened to are mostly not much like my daughters, nor I suspect the daughters of any other commentator here.

    This is for various reasons, not limited to but including the fact that I basically know where my daughters are at all times.

    I suppose they could in theory abscond from school/ at night, but they have yet to bother trying, and they’d only get one shot at it.

    If they are not at school or at home or (during shopping hours) looking longingly at clothes and other desirables in revoltingly white places like Cirencester or Cheltenham, then they are out at a friend’s house, and we know their friends’ parents.

    Again, stuff *could* happen to them, I accept.

    But you can limit it by being the kind of parents who don’t allow their 13-year-old girl to hang around kebab houses at 2am, and you don’t have to be wealthy, or all that switched on.

    It helps if there are two of you in the house, but PaulB and Arnald and Richard Murphy and Harriet Harman and their chums in the progressive movement thought widespread divorce and raising kids via the State was a great idea (though not for their kids, generally) and have changed the culture of the mass of the people of this country by taking control of the essential levers of power via Gramscian tactics when people like us were too busy running, making and doing actual stuff to really notice.

    Not to excuse the vile scum who carried out these attacks, but PaulB and Arnald and Richard Murphy and Harriet Harman and their chums in the multiculti movement foisted these inbred savages on us via the same means, too.

    I don’t excuse all the people who look and think like us, either, because some of the fuckwits voted for Blair and shouted down anyone who warned this sort of thing might happen.

    I do excuse those of us who issued the warnings and were shouted down.

  24. This is one of those stories that simply defies belief. Son on a minor point, Mr Pickles:

    “In a statement to the Commons, Mr Pickles said: “Some councillors have not lived up to the high standards expected of those in public life or their positions of responsibility.”

    We’re learning, but we’ve been rather naive in the UK. Here in Chicago, local politicians usually exceed the low expectations expected of those in public office, and no one pretends that they’re in office to create a new Camelot.

  25. – and had a resolutely hierarchical structure with a tolerance of bullying and sexism that refused to listen to warnings from junior people.

    The (courageous) state is the biggest bully of them all.

  26. I think the best bet for any repercussions for councillors or others is if we trawl their speeches for words like ‘pikey’, or enquire of any fifty-something females if said councillors may have patted their arse thirty years ago and called them ‘love’. Then we’d have something on them, we could really nail their arse to the wall.

    As it is, ignoring or colluding in mass rape/sexual assault, and then lying to cover it all up, spending hundreds of thousands to do so, just ain’t going to cut it.

  27. Bloke in North Dorset

    Interested,

    I don’t doubt that a large part of it is to do with parenting and agree that to some extent (we don’t need to argue what extent) it has been worsened by left wing ideology.

    However there has always been poor parents and, to some extent good parents who had what were called when I was young “wrong ‘uns” and these parents used to get a lot of local sympathy.

    The real issue here is that the way Social Services has grown and been taken over by ideology. Its moved from what used to be a bunch of matrons with little sympathy to a career in Government with all the attendant bureaucracy. Furthermore, they told all the rest of us to keep our noses out whenever they were questioned because they were professionals and knew best. This was particularly the case in Labour areas whenever we had Tory governments.

    That’s why some of them should be swinging from the metaphorical lampposts.

    As to the police, I have, rarely for me, some sympathy for them. Again they are told to keep their noses out in many areas, especially by the left, and tread lightly. I can see them taking advice from Social Services in many cases.

  28. >when do we get to hang the social workers?

    You’ll need a lot of rope and a lot of time. I seem to remember seeing something recently about how the UK now has (or soon will have) more social workers than Army personnel.

  29. I’m worried about a potential backlash against taxi drivers because of that Guardian article.

    Poe’s Law? From p110 of the report:

    The well publicised link between taxis and CSE in Rotherham has and continues to cast a long shadow over the vast majority of law abiding drivers who make their living from the taxi trade.

  30. @Bloke in North Dorset

    Yes, I agree really.

    There was never a perfect society, we know that – people, after all – but the left have removed many of the shackles (social shame, fear of the law) that did something to restrict this sort of behaviour and have incentivised terrible parenting (I hate that verb) while yes, building a giant festering bureaucracy that sits on top of the dung heap and gets fatter by the day.

    In that respect, it’s a question of chicken and egg.

    I was recently reading through some very old newspapers from my late grandfather’s era, and I came across one small story about a man sent to prison for two weeks for riding a bicycle with no lights after dark.

    That seems harsh, and maybe it is, but riding bikes without lights after dark is dangerous to others, and was probably very rare in those days – it made the paper, after all – precisely because two weeks in prison would fuck you up good and proper.

    However bad the slums were, I am willing to be further that there were not 1,400 young girls being passed around as sexual playthings in a town like Rotherham, either.

  31. My local newspapers from the 1930s reported crimes from London that would receive little notice today if they happened locally–so little crime was there back then.

  32. Mr Ecks: i believe future generations will say the same of us considering some of the things that are currently being reported as dreadful crimes…

  33. So Much for Subtlety

    Jack C – “We’re learning, but we’ve been rather naive in the UK. Here in Chicago, local politicians usually exceed the low expectations expected of those in public office, and no one pretends that they’re in office to create a new Camelot.”

    Sorry but that would be the same Chicago that produced a politician who proclaimed when he was elected that the temperatures began to drop and the seas to subside?

    What was that nice young man’s name again?

  34. So Much for Subtlety

    Interested – “This is for various reasons, not limited to but including the fact that I basically know where my daughters are at all times.”

    I bet you don’t. I bet you think you do. But you don’t.

    This is why repressive norms for girls spread to other cultures who are unfortunate enough to be ruled by Muslims for a long time. Hindus, Christians, the Greeks and Spanish, they all have the same system of purdah and honour killings the Muslims do because, I would guess, rape gangs like this. The only way to be sure you know where your daughter is is to lock her up. Our vibrant, diverse, multicultural communities will ensure, in the end, that female liberation dies a slow death. But not until after a lot more raping.

    “It helps if there are two of you in the house, but PaulB and Arnald and Richard Murphy and Harriet Harman and their chums in the progressive movement thought widespread divorce and raising kids via the State was a great idea (though not for their kids, generally)”

    Indeed. This sort of dysfunctional sexually-libertarian childhood was a feature not a bug. They just wanted them to be out at 2 am sleeping with boys their own age, not being passed around by gangs of vibrants.

    “Not to excuse the vile scum who carried out these attacks”

    Who are, we should remember, largely free and out of jail. Very few people have been prosecuted, fewer punished.

    “I do excuse those of us who issued the warnings and were shouted down.”

    And called racist for their pains. Fired from their jobs in some cases. Starting with Ray Honeyford on down. We should have listened then.

  35. Yes, the same Chicago that produced Obama.

    No one around here either believed the Hopey-Changey bull or were remotely surprised by his somewhat relaxed attitude to legal processes.

    That’s my point. They assume the worst of their politicians and keep an eye out as a result. 3 or 4 out of the last 5 or 6 Illinois Governers have spent time inside; one for selling HGV licences, the last for trying to sell Obama’s senate seat.

    They get away with less.

  36. @MC
    “http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/04/guardian-view-child-sex-abuse-this-time-really-never-again”

    Surprise surprise. For the first time in ages I am agreeing with most of the comments on a CIF article.

  37. Seems not many girls have come forward to give evidence, hence few convictions.

    And @Interested makes an interesting point
    “that there were not 1,400 young girls being passed around as sexual playthings in a town like Rotherham” – does seem a large number, especially considering lack of convictions.

    This is another example of the “Jimmy Saville Experience” – hysterical outrage about sex with young girls and not much evidence that much that was very bad happened.

    If an ethnic tax driver has it away with a fourteen year old white girl, is that really worthy of the outrage we’re seeing ?

    Did it happen – deffo.

    Have above 1,000 white girls done “it” with ethnic men in Rotherham – dunno, – over longer than a decade – maybe.

    Did the ethnic men ply the girls with booze and otherwise entreat, threaten, persuade – deffo.

    Were the girls all underage – unlikely.

    Were they unknowing – unlikely (mostly).

    Have they complained to the police – seems not.

    We should all get a grip and treat this with the same circumspection as for the Yewtree cases etc.

  38. “BTW, when do we get to hang the social workers?”

    Social workers? A good start would be hanging the rapists in a public place, and continuing to do so until the rape epidemic dries up.

    Sacking the social workers without fuss would probably suffice.

  39. I do know, insofar as it’s ever possible to know and to the proper extent that any parent should. If you’re stating the obvious – that I don’t carry out MI6 level surveillance on them, well, obvs.

  40. What amazes me is why these people (the councillors) aren’t under a 24 hour police guard, given what they (a) allowed to go on and (b) then lied about to suppress reporting of, allowing it to go on even further.

    You’d think the locals might rouse themselves over the institutional mass abuse of their daughters.

  41. SQ:“It seems clear that the police would not take action if the victim was not keen to give evidence …”

    This seems to be an American practice (‘You wanna press charges, ma’am..?’) that our plod has taken to adopting of late. Deliberate?

  42. Rob:“You’d think the locals might rouse themselves over the institutional mass abuse of their daughters.”

    Nah, there’s a new ‘X Factor’ on telly, innit?

  43. This is why the government takes away your guns. In a mature society that was well armed, everyone involved in this would have been summarily executed in the street. As would be right and proper.

  44. Johnny Bonk–You have to remember that the screaming section most vocal in condemning Jimmy Savile and the Old Men from TV are entirely pin-drop silent about Rotherham and the rest. If these accusations had been levelled against native white men the media noise would be audible on Mars. However the bicycle pump of socialist feminist bullshit is NOT busy doing everything possible to inflate these events. Quite the reverse.For this reason–the Silence of the Scams–I am inclined to give much greater credence to this caper than to the Spewtree farrago.

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