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The principal function of the police service is to protect the vulnerable and apprehend the offender.
But when constabularies succumb to twisted priorities, moral disintegration and institutional cowardice if confronted with vile criminality, that worthy ideal is lost.
Those failings were all too evident in the notorious Rotherham grooming scandal.
At least 1,400 mainly white girls suffered grotesque sexual exploitation by predatory gangs of predominantly Muslim Pakistani men. Yet despite a wealth of evidence of this industrial-scale depravity, police officers, social workers and council leaders turned a blind eye to avoid aggravating ‘community relations’.
After Professor Alexis Jay’s devastating inquiry in 2014, one might have thought it impossible for this shameful episode to become even more depressing. But it has.
An excoriating report into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of the horrors has revealed that not a single officer has been sacked. This is deplorable.
At least 1,400 mainly white girls suffered grotesque sexual exploitation by predatory gangs of predominantly Muslim Pakistani men. Yet despite a wealth of evidence of this industrial-scale depravity, police officers, social workers and council leaders turned a blind eye to avoid aggravating ‘community relations’
The document makes harrowing reading. The force treated the victims with contempt, regarding them as complicit in their own abuse. Appallingly, one father was told his 15-year-old daughter’s rape ordeal would teach her a ‘lesson’. In another case, officers shrugged when a girl was discovered under the bed of a half-naked paedophile.
Yet the worst punishment meted out to those found to have committed professional misconduct were slaps on the wrist.
No wonder the victims feel betrayed. Even by today’s standards of moral delinquency in public life, it is beyond belief that not one of those implicated has lost their job.
Of course, there is another issue. The pernicious doctrine of political correctness.
Fear of being branded racist meant the police and other public sector functionaries preferred to ignore child rape rather than step in and risk such toxic accusations.
The Rotherham scandal is a stain on our society. Until all those who let this happen are held to account, there can’t be justice.
RMT: A very bad joke
HOW many men or women does it take to change a plug socket? Nine, if they belong to the dinosaur rail unions.
No, that’s not a joke (except on the long-suffering taxpayer and travelling public).
It’s one of many risible, archaic working practices that plague the railways, wasting billions – and which the RMT pig-headedly refuses to abandon. With the savings achieved via an ambitiously reformed, modernised transport network, it would be easier to pay rail workers more.
Like King Canute and the tide, RMT chief Mick Lynch wants to hold back progress
But like King Canute and the tide, RMT chief Mick Lynch wants to hold back progress. Ultimately, the outcome will be the same. For now, the irascible Marxist has again stomped out of talks with rail bosses, consigning the public to more strike misery.
So it’s welcome that to limit disruption, ministers will end the ban on temporary workers replacing staff who down tools.
Of course, Sir Keir Starmer still refuses to condemn the militant unions. As Boris Johnson pointed out yesterday, Labour backs the strikers, not the strivers.
The biased BBC
With an excruciating lack of self-awareness, the BBC boasts of being a paragon of impartiality. So it must hurt to be ordered by media regulator Ofcom to address concerns it is glaringly biased.
No one who has watched the corporation’s one-eyed coverage of Brexit, Partygate and elections could think otherwise.
But so trapped is Auntie in a liberal-Left, metropolitan, woke bubble, where bashing Britain is de rigueur, it doesn’t realise.
Now the watchdog has stated it in black and white, is it too much to hope the BBC will wake up to the fact that there are other valid points of view? Sadly, it probably is.