The government has taken over Rotherham council. Last year, a report found that at least 1400 under-age girls had been groomed, raped, and prostituted by organized gangs of Muslim men in the town of Rotherham from 1997 thru 2013.
The new report (PDF) is even more damning. It not only condemns Rotherham’s authority for failing to protect the town’s most vulnerable inhabitants, it found that after the first report was published, the council went into denial, trying to cover its reputation, rather than reform itself.
So the central government has taken over the running of Rotherham from the Labour Party.
But the Conservative-run government itself is implicated in its own child-molesting scandals. It recently revealed that Margaret Thatcher herself directly helped prevent the apprehension of a paedophile.
Another problem with the government’s response is that it only affects Rotherham, and its 250,000 citizens. But the problem — Pakistanis, poverty and political correctness — exists in many areas of the UK.
Terrible things happened in Rotherham and on a significant scale. Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani heritage community. Not enough was done to acknowledge this, to stop it happening, to protect children, to support victims and to apprehend perpetrators.
Upon arriving in Rotherham, these I thought were the uncontested facts. My job was to conduct an inspection and decide whether the council was now fit for purpose.
However, this was not the situation I encountered when I reached Rotherham. Instead, I found a council in denial. They denied that there had been a problem, or if there had been, that it was as big as was said. If there was a problem they certainly were not told – it was someone else’s job. They were no worse than anyone else. They had won awards. The media were out to get them.