May Blames ‘Institutionalised Political Correctness’ for Rotherham Scandal

Mark Tran, Guardian (London), September 2, 2014

Theresa May has described the failures of police and council agencies in Rotherham to deal with child sex abuse as a complete dereliction of duty.

In a strongly worded statement, the home secretary told MPs that “institutionalised political correctness” had contributed to the authorities turning a blind eye to the abuse of at least 1,400 in Rotherham between 1997 to 2013.

“Like the rest of this House, I was appalled to read about these victims and the horrific experiences to which they were subjected,” she said. “Many 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.”

May, who was responding to an urgent question by Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said she would meet Prof Alexis Jay–who wrote last week’s damning report into the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal–and chair meetings with other ministers, to see what could be done to prevent any repeats.

May said Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, was minded to order an investigation into Rotherham, and into whether it is complying with its best practice duty.

She said: “I am clear that cultural concerns–both the fear of being seen as racist, and the frankly disdainful attitude to some of our most vulnerable children–must never stand in the way of child protection. We know that child sexual exploitation happens in all communities. There is no excuse for it in any of them. And there is never any excuse for failing to bring its perpetrators to justice.”

Cooper agreed that race, ethnicity or community relations should not be used as an excuse not to investigate and punish sex offenders. May, however, did not name a new chair to the overarching inquiry into the authorities’ handling of child sex abuse over several decades.

The inquiry was announced in July, only for its chair, Lady Butler-Sloss, to step down a few days later over a possible conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire police have announced a “fully independent investigation” into the force’s handling of the Rotherham abuses.

But some legal experts questioned whether the inquiry could be fully independent.

“One police force investigating another police force will not bring justice to victims of Rotherham,” said Jocelyn Cockburn, the solicitor of murdered Stephen Lawrence’s father, Neville. “The police have proven to be thoroughly incapable of investigating themselves, and each other, on many occasions. I fear another whitewash will ensue. Quite simply, the police should not investigate the police in a matter of this seriousness.”

The Labour party has suspended four Rotherham councillors. Roger Stone, who has already resigned as council leader, Gwendoline Ann Russell, Jahangir Akhtar and Shaukat Ali have been suspended pending investigation after Ed Miliband said last week that large numbers of young people in Rotherham were systematically abused and let down by those who should have protected them. In addition, two former members of the party, Shaun Wright and Maurice Kirk, will require national executive committee approval should they want to rejoin the party.

Wright, the current police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, was in charge of children’s services in Rotherham for five years before taking up his current post, and is resisting fierce pressure to step down. He has agreed to give evidence before the home affairs select committee chaired by Keith Vaz.

Vaz said: “I have spoken to Commissioner Wright this morning and informed him that the committee will want him to give evidence as part of our inquiry, and he has agreed to do so.”

The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, told Sky News: “We’ve had a week to look at Prof Jay’s report and investigate those members of our party, the Labour party, who were in positions of power and authority and who we think failed to act appropriately when they were in those positions of authority.”

In announcing an investigation of the police’s handling of the abuse of children in Rotherham, Ch Con David Crompton said: “A fully independent and impartial investigation is required to ensure that people have confidence that organisations or any individuals will be investigated fairly, rigorously and with complete impartiality.”

The investigation will examine the role of both the police and council and address any wrongdoings or failings, which will allow “appropriate action to be taken”. He added: “We must give victims the confidence to come forward in the knowledge that all agencies will listen, will act, provide appropriate support, and relentlessly pursue those who offend against our young people.”

The latest moves follow a BBC Panorama documentary screened on Monday night in which a Home Office official who investigated the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham accused the council of being involved in the unauthorised removal of information from her office.

Her report in 2002 suggested there were then more than 270 victims of the scandal, which was finally exposed last week. She told Panorama she had sent her report to both the council and the Home Office on a Friday, but when she returned on Monday she found her office had been raided.

“They’d gained access to the office and taken my data, so out of the number of filing cabinets there was one drawer emptied and it was emptied of my data. It had to be an employee of the council,” she said.

The Home Office researcher, who was not named by Panorama, also said she had been accused of being insensitive when she told one official that most of the perpetrators were from Rotherham’s Pakistani community.

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  • RebelliousTreecko

    *Institutionalized anti-racism.

    But the other one works too, I guess.

  • TruthBeTold

    “Institutionalized political correctness”

    I’m going to be using this.

    • Samuel_Morton

      I like it…twisting goodspeak around to use against those who consistently seek to display their moral superiority with PC nonsense.

  • MekongDelta69

    I’ll admit I don’t know as much about Brit politics as I do American, but today I saw Nigel Farage of UKIP on TV, and I liked what he had to say.

    • I was going to write this on one of yesterday’s threads, but this is a new thread so it’s better that I write it here.

      Sure, UKIP is far from perfect, and it’s not what England needs. However, one of the benefits of taking a week off from the blogosphere last week was that it gave me some time to work through some things in my head. I now think more than ever, after having stood on top of the mountain to see past the horizon, that it’s going to take patriotic strong men and women leading white countries wielding significantly more power than heads of state are now, way more than “democratic republicanism,” a form of government that’s going to have to go by the wayside for awhile, permits. Russia already has its Putin, and other white countries will need theirs.

      The only thing voting can do for us is to buy us time and to make things a little less bad than they would otherwise be. Like I said, voting and democratic republicanism isn’t going to save us, in fact, it has been our millstone and will continue to be. However, as long as we have the millstone to contend with, the thing to do is to vote for the people and parties closest to our worldview that have a credible chance of victory. In England’s case, right now, that means UKIP.

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      Farage appeared on Hannity. Farage was quotable on the difference between Labour and Conservatives. I wish I could recall his exact words, but in essence, he said the differences are paper-thin. Both are social democratic parties.

      I went to the Hannity web site and emailed a compliment.

  • jambi19

    Interesting. When the Catholic Church scandal was going on the government and media were not concerned about stigmatizing a religion. The media is the pillar of the leftist cathedral I despise above all else.

  • If Teresa May wants to see “institutionalized political correctness,” she should find the nearest mirror. She continued the entry prohibition on Michael Savage that her analogue from the Blair-Brown government put in place and for the exact same reason.

  • Commissions, committees, investigations, resignations, breast beating, and a lot of empty words by lefties who don’t mean what they say.

    Anyone really concerned about the children would advocate the barring of any new “Asian” (paki) immigrants and the repatriation of the ones present. Anything less than that is just politics as usual.

    • me

      I blame the problem on the neutered Englishmen that no longer have their man parts. Why aren’t they rioting in the streets like the ‘diverse’ pedophiles that have invaded them? If enough Whites take to the streets and riot, it might scare the Merchants into capitulation and regard for Whites again….

  • Frank_DeScushin

    May Blames ‘Institutionalised Political Correctness’

    ‘Institutionalized Political Correctness’ doesn’t have enough sting to it. Call it what it is: Institutionalized Racism Against Whites.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Compensatory damages– reparations– are due. Let’s see some big multi-million dollar lawsuits filed by these ignored White rape victims and the White fathers who were arrested by these cowardly sell-out bureaucrats, while the white-targeting Pakistani pedophiles and rapists went free. Make ’em pay through the nose.

  • Luca

    “Institutionalized Liberal-Progressives Gone Wild”. Fixed it.

  • IKUredux

    If there was ever a doubt that White genocide was being employed on a global scale, this nails it. What hurts so deeply is that my fellow Whites are complicit in the destruction of OUR race. How could they, in all conscience, allow these crimes to be perpetrated against their fellow Whites? Was it sexism? Was it socioeconomic class? Seriously, WHAT THE HELL WAS IT THAT MADE WHITE PEOPLE IGNORE THEIR OWN FELLOW VULNERABLE CHILDREN????? If they didn’t say anything, because they were afraid of being called “racist”, Oh My God, where the hell has Western civilization gone? Is it gone forever? Are we gonna let the muzzies convert Notre Dame into a mosque? How about Salisbury Cathedral? A MOSQUE????? Do you know what these savage muzzies do to cultural icons? THEY DESTROY THEM!!!! Say Goodbye to the LOUVRE. SAY GOODBYE TO EVERY CULTURAL ARTIFACT OF WHITE CIVILIZATION. Come on people! Islam disproves of the representation of the human form. BURN ALL THE MUSEUMS IN EUROPE! You don’t think that is what is going to happen,if they are allowed to take over? Come On, White People! The muzzies are going to destroy every single molecule of Western European culture. EVERY SINGLE MOLECULE. Castles, GONE. Cathedrals, GONE. Museums of art and anthropology, GONE. Stonehenge, GONE. The British Museum, GONE. EVERYTHING, GONE!!!!!!!!!! What do you people not get?

    • Ike Eichenberg

      The Guardian couldn’t even find a white guy to write the story.

  • Paleoconn

    Diversity is the future. Albeit a short future.

  • LHathaway

    There is hope in the UK. In some of these articles, they seem to have a completely opposite attitude than we do here in the US?

    • ATBOTL

      This is nothing new. Back in 2000, there were race riots involving Pakistanis in northern towns and the UK media gave a lot of attention to anti-white violence. The UK media is not PC at all by our standards. The USA is by far the white country in the worst demographic situation and the worst political situation. All European countries have organized political parties opposed to white dispossession, we don’t.

      • Enoch_Power

        Atbotl – I cannot comment on your experience in the US but I can empathise. However the British media is vile, corrupt and completely Marxist. Nationalist parties are totally ignored and marginalised by the media. The BBC is completely left wing and infested with paedophiles like Jimmy Savile – who I believe also murdered children. They constantly pump out their vile hatred of the white working class. Typical self loathing, left wing, metropolitan, middle class scum bags who think they know best!

  • Enoch_Power

    The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, told Sky News: “We’ve had a week to look at Prof Jay’s report and investigate those members of our party, the Labour party, who were in positions of power and authority and who we think failed to act appropriately when they were in those positions of authority.”

    “Power and Authority” – these c***suckers are there to SERVE. We the people are the ones with power and authority.

    The British Labour Party is itself intitutionally paedophilic and is riddled with Marxist child rapists and paedophile appeasers.

    They are vermin.