THE ROTHERHAM state of mind: inaction, losing files, perverting the course of action

Official logo of Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham

Official logo of Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The gross mishandling of the Rotherham child abuse scandal was highlighted by the news yesterday that 3 reports containing details of some of the cases in question were “missing”. This is how the conspiracy has unfolded. The report issued by Professor Alexis Jay which brought the matter to the notice of the public, amounted to the following (which I take from The Guardian’s {small} news item today, ” (it) outlined how hundreds of children had been subjected to trafficking, rape and other sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013 and how their plight had been completely and unsympathetically ignored by a range of agencies, including police, councillors and council officials”.

Professor Jay, from The Daily Telegraph report (30.08.14), was quoted as saying, “The utter brutality (of the offences) is what shocked me most” and the paper itself commented that “something unimaginably evil was unfolding and on a scale that defied belief”.  Horrific material had come to light. Petrol dousing, oral and anal sex was used (on victims) as a means of punishment and control. This sickening behaviour was meted out – not to mature women – but to girls aged 11 and 12.

Let us be clear, this is a regime – not a one off or an occasional incident – but a regime, played out on British streets over many years; a regime of which concentration camp guards in the 1940s might even have been ‘proud’. The abandonment of the victims has continued by the total lack of any meaningful action having been taken by Parliament to ensure the protection of any possible future victims.

The grotesque individuals, tasked to protect Rotherham’s vulnerables and who oversaw this monstrous behaviour have – by their own inaction – appeared to have approved of it and are yet, unbelievably, still in post.

  • What was their motivation in ignoring these offences?
  • Were they paid money to ignore the behaviour? (Trafficking earns money).
  • Was it “a nice little earner” for them?
  • Did the ‘custodians’ obtain sexual gratification themselves from knowing this behaviour was taking place – like a user/subscriber to an online child pornography site?
  • Were the offences filmed for their delectation?

We certainly know one thing: it never for a moment, not in 16 years, repulsed them; any of them. And it seems that they were all operating on a totally different (imposed?) values system from that used on a daily basis by a very large majority of British residents; a system which includes concern and respect.

The State, Government, and Parliament, however, would appear to also have a “Rotherham” state of mind; their inaction is staggering and repulsive. It seems that one ‘excuse’ put forward for this abject lack of responsibility by officials is that they didn’t want to be called ‘racist’ in pursuing the claims because the accused were all, or mainly, of Asian origin. This is spurious nonsense. If that were the case then no one other than white people would be charged with any offence in Rotherham and we know that not to be the case.

In light of these extraordinarily repugnant revelations (following a tranche of similarly ghastly and ugly child-tragedies for which Britain is gaining a well-deserved but unwanted world-wide reputation), surely a whip-prompted re-call of Parliament was the very least that Westminster might propose in order to debate this latest and worst example of appalling official behaviour toward vulnerable children and to – most importantly – appoint, ideally, Professor Jay to head up an official body which would do its very best to ensure that such circumstances never occur again in Britain.

If adopted, these proposals would be a welcome step towards restoring a one-time highly regarded ‘British value’, (by an administration seemingly driven by inaction): that being the protection of its citizens –  particularly vulnerable ones – whatever the cost.

Unfortunately, the opposite has happened in the face of this disgusting sleaze and it is highly likely that those responsible for its continuance will walk away free and unsanctioned yet again, as has become almost de rigueur in cases of severe child abuse and cruelty in this country. From what we know and what is obvious, the Government appears to have consulted and connived with the guilty in order to facilitate this unsavoury and unjust outcome.

Government would of course have had sight of this report before it was made public. Hopefully they would have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to appraise its findings, too. But maybe they didn’t because it would seem that the requisite action has not been taken. The overall number of offences involving a total of 1,400 victims as identified in the report could very conservatively be put at over 2,000 and, with no action having been taken to get the suspects to court for any of them, there is sufficient prima facie evidence, even without a reading of the report, of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by those charged with investigating those allegations.

The crimes have been suppressed – this is manifestly apparent. So apparent that the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire – of course well aware of the report’s contents before publication – has failed in his duty as leader of the local Police Service (the buck stops with him) to initiate proceedings against all those mentioned in the report as having failed Rotherham’s children.

Those proceedings would have included the current Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright who was the local council cabinet member for children’s services during a significant part of the period to which Professor Jay’s report refers. (A solution to a problem which Government are apparently unable to solve i.e. the removal of Mr Wright from his current post.)

Initiating proceedings would have meant that all those mentioned in the report as having failed in their duty would have had to have been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, been suspended from their posts and then bailed with a condition not to enter their former places of work. This would have allowed the officers tasked to investigate these heinous offences to seize the case-work files as possible evidence. Had that been the case, yesterday’s news story of ‘lost files from Rotherham‘ may well not have had the need to have been written.

The Government’s inaction in this matter sends out the highly unwelcome message that paedophilia in Britain is at the least very prevalent (maybe even ‘alive and well’?) and the fate of its children largely unconsidered. Should the country prepare for an unwelcome influx of sex tourists as a result – or will the degradation and humiliation of the young be kept “in house” for the enjoyment of locals only?

This article was contributed by a ‘keen observer’

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