Yesterday we looked at the Left mobilising to close down all talk of race or religion in regard to Rotherham and it is pretty much all I heard today from the talking heads on the BBC.
We’ve been told that those in authority didn’t really know what sex abuse was, they didn’t realise these girls were being abused…no, seriously.
We were told the girls were reluctant to talk about it….except for all the times they went to the authorities and were ignored.
We were told the girls themselves didn’t know they were being abused…they thought being raped by multiple numbers of strange men, beaten up and having petrol poured onto them was part of a normal loving relationship…seriously.
It was all the girls fault if you look hard enough.
And race…well race had absolutely nothing to do with anything.
A couple of weeks from now the truth will be out…it was the racist police setting up Pakistani men in a honeypot sting operation, entrapping them, unsophisticated, naive, trusting men enticed into taking drugs and drink by undercover, hardened 11 year old floozies on the police payroll.
They’ll be demanding damages next.
Dan Hodges in the Telegraph thinks we are being taken for mugs…as we said yesterday when the BBC produced a programme asking how to tackle this problem but seemed more intent on explaining away the real issue, the fear of being called racist:
It’s happening again. It is happening in front of our eyes. The denial. The deflection. The deceit.
All of the toxic impulses that contrived to allow the systematic abuse of thousands of children in Rotherham are again being redeployed in the face of the damning, incontrovertible evidence of the nature and scale of that abuse. Hear that sound? That low rumble? It is the sound of liberal wagons again being circled.
We had a good example of this today from Nicky Campbell, (27 mins 45 sec) no surprise there I suppose.
A calller named Robert suggested that those people in authority charged with looking after these girls and responding to allegations of abuse, but who failed in that duty of care, should be investigated and dealt with.
Nicky Campbell didn’t think that was a good idea….
‘Witch hunts are unattractive. What we need to do is get to the root cause of why this happened in the first place. The worry is that the focus is too much on the people who were utterly incompetent, uncaring and indeed callous for whatever reason, not rocking the multi-cultural boat is what Dennis McShane said about it.
I’m just worried, and many people say this, that there is not enough focus on the men who are still free and the victims who are still suffering and this becomes a media circus about, well you know, ‘we want your head’.’
Robert gave Campbell a good earful and wasn’t having any of it, Campbell wasn’t happy but didn’t really have a come back.
Astonishing that Campbell thinks those in charge should not be held to account. 1400 girls, in one town, abused over 16 years. And those in charge knew and did nothing.
Dan Hodges has noticed this tendency to try and divert attention from inconvenient facts…not investigating those in authority means you don’t have to explain why race was an issue here…….
Another popular line-to-take was deployed on Channel 4 News last night by Javid Khan, the chief executive of Barnardos. Confronted with the charge his charity and other charities had shied away from issues of ethnicity in this case he responded by attempting to shy away from the issue of ethnicity.
“Whether it’s been part of the problem in Rotherham or not, the issue here is the vulnerability of children,” he said. “The reason why this [focusing on race] is so unhelpful is that it takes attention away from the victim.”
It is not focusing on race that takes attention away from the victims of Rotherham. It is ignoring it that takes attention away from the victims. Race is the reason they were victims. The racial element of these crimes is the explanation for how they came to be perpetrated on such a staggering scale for such an unbelievable period. “How could this happen?” people ask. Because the victims were white English girls, and their abusers Pakistani and Kashmiri men, is the answer.
The name of the game now is defending cosy progressive preconceptions.
The cry “we must focus on the victims” is classic communications chaff. Don’t look to cast blame. Don’t look to find answers. And above all, on no account find answers that may challenge the liberal status quo.