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The insolence of office and the price of PC.

WHAT DO THE two following stories have in common?

1. A report reveals that in Rotherham a group of Pakistani Muslim men (aka “Asians”) systematically groomed, raped and abused at least 1400 under-age, non-Muslim girls for more than a decade, with seeming impunity, before four of the men were finally prosecuted. According to people in the area, many of those not prosecuted are still carrying on as before.

2. A couple decide to take their young son out of hospital, having been told there is nothing more that can be done to cure his brain tumour, and take abroad where another treatment is available. They drive down to the south of Spain with the intention of selling their property there to pay for this treatment. According to a local website, a European Arrest Warrant was issued, the Spanish police arrested them, put the child in hospital and jailed the parents.

In both cases the state has proved not just incompetent and cruel but also unjust. The Rotherham case is not the first where gangs of such men have been abusing young girls over a long period. Such groups have been discovered across Britain, predominantly in the north and midlands. In all cases the police and media persist in describing the perpetrators as “Asian”, which everyone now knows is code for Muslim (and specifically, in the case of so many of the offenders, Kashmiri Pakistanis). That’s because political correctness and the desire for “community cohesion” demand that nobody should use their common sense to see that ethnicity and religion play essential roles in the abuse.

Official complicity in these crimes is appalling. The Rotherham report reveals that police and local politicians (Labour, of course) deliberately covered up the abuse and prevented justice from being done. The police were given clothing by one abused girl but unfortunately “lost” it. In another case where an under-age girl was found in a house with a group of older men she was the one arrested. A policeman told a distraught parent that because her under-age daughter was having “consensual” sex with one of these men, there was nothing they could do — clearly untrue.

Previous Rotherham reports were suppressed and no action taken. One researcher was required to go on an “ethnicity and diversity” course when she presented her report. Everyone, it seems, was frightened of being called racist.

The attitude of the local authority was just as bad. In Rotherham there had been reports on this problem more than a decade beforehand. All were suppressed and no action taken. One researcher back in 2004 was required to go on an “ethnicity and diversity” course when she presented her report. Everyone, it seems, was frightened of being called racist and was prepared to cover up these vile crimes to avoid it. A programme made in 2004 about Bradford (The Edge of the City) featured a section about the same phenomenon and was pulled from the schedules just before local elections, because the BNP had described it as a party political broadcast for them and people were frightened it would cause a backlash (oh, that “backlash” bogeyman that never appears). It was shown later, despite the concerted efforts of various far-left pressure groups and the usual whitewashing by the Guardian.

freedlandTHOSE SAME WHITEWASHERS and apologists for rape are still at work today, despite all the evidence. Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian turns logic inside out by saying that those, police included, who used political correctness as an excuse for their inaction were themselves guilty of racism (because they were “assuming the worst of Muslims”). Suzanne Moore in the same paper treads the usual progressive path and can’t see the issue separately from class and gender. For her it’s a “wholesale resignation to an economic caste system”. Culture and religion seem to have no place in it, which is odd when you consider that as a progressive she must be very keen on all that multicultural stuff.

With regard to the the couple taking their son, Ashya King, out of hospital, we see the establishment in vindictive mode. It was reported that the hospital had threatened to take a court order out against the parents for asking too many questions. The hospital, no doubt concerned about the parents’ decision to remove their child but perhaps even more affronted that they did this without their “consent” (as the media repeatedly at first described it) alerted the police. Unlike with the cases of grooming, they went into action immediately, making full use of the media. It was only a matter of time before the dreaded European Arrest Warrant made its appearance.

What amuses me is that the Kings managed to drive all the way through France and all the way to the south of Spain, a family, that is, of two parents and half a dozen children (one of them in a wheelchair) without being spotted by the police. The only reason the cops were waiting from them in Malaga was that they’d been told the family had property there.

The saga is not finished, for even as I write the Arrest Warrant has been rescinded and everyone involved in the pursuit is backtracking. A great covering of backsides is underway. There are some positives to take away from it, though, namely: Ashya is still alive, a Czech hospital has offered the treatment his parents want for him, public support for the family in Britain has been strong, and the authorities have been seen to make asses of themselves.

It’s unlikely that any lessons will be learned by police, politicians and local authorities in these cases. In general I’d expect them to carry on in the same high-handed, incompetent and ideologically paralysed way. It’s important, though, for us, the general public, to learn one big lesson above all: that the state is not our friend. Those running the apparatus of the state think they are our masters, not our servants. Too often they attack the very people they are paid to protect. We’re in the sorry state where we cannot rely on them, or indeed trust them half the time.

People can see the instigators of the political correctness that has cost, and is costing, misery to thousands of people – in the case of those girls rape, abuse, pregnancies, abortions, suicides and attempted suicides – have expressed no remorse and no intention to take responsibility. The politicians who expanded the power of the state further into our lives and enforced the divisive and destructive policy of multiculturalism on Britain have shown no sign of relenting. I find it hard to think of any adjective to describe them except scum. That applies equally to their apologists in the media. They’re all guilty, but who will make them pay?

Michael Blackburn.

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