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David Keighley: In the Rotherham madhouse, PC multiculturalism trumps child safety every time


The Louise Casey report into Rotherham child sexual exploitation and abuse is one of the most harrowing and damning documents about British public life ever to appear.

In essence, this grim catalogue of malignancy demonstrates that the octopus-tentacles of multi-cultural orthodoxy have penetrated every recess of administration to the extent that it swamps and trumps decency and common sense. In effect, it facilitates and condones barbaric behaviour to the extent of hounding out whistleblowers and destroying records that detailed the abuse.

The Baby P and Victoria Climbie murders, of course, also showed despicable treatment of children that could and should have been prevented by local councils and other agencies involved. But the hard truths of Rotherham are far worse in that Casey specifically posits there was systematic malicious intent by public officials paid to protect local youngsters.

They knew that men from the local Pakistani community were raping and sexually abusing local children on a massive scale but ignored the crimes, and pretended they did not exist, even when last August, they were presented with beyond-doubt proof by Professor Alexis Jay.

Casey demonstrates with forensic precision that some Rotherham councillors, senior council officials, South Yorkshire police and figures from ethnic minority groups were complicit in outrageous acts that have wrecked probably beyond recovery the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children and their families. These vile crimes were perpetrated on their victims on a systematic, near-industrial scale for at least 13 years.

And there is more. Sue Berelowitz, the deputy children’s commissioner, who is carrying out a nationwide investigation into child sex abuse, warned on Newsnight that her report would uncover dozens more instances that could be as disturbing as Rotherham.

So what are the lessons? It is clear that, unbelievably, the main objective of public officials has moved away from the core duty of public protection. Instead the main priority is now to embrace the ideals and the principles of multiculturalism. Casey demonstrates that in line with this, the need to protect Muslims (‘Pakistani Heritage’ in her Newsspeak) from allegations of racism trumps anything and everything else.

Put another way, the duty of Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police to protect local children was strangled by race relations zealotry. To accept the horrendous truth – that Pakistanis were in this instance operating massive organised crime and behaving with what amounted in any language and in any culture to deliberate barbarity – was something to be avoided at all costs.

In Rotherham, these public officials were of course overwhelmingly members of the Labour party – in fact the composition of the council is 49 Labour councilors , 10 from Ukip and two Conservatives.

But although Labour pioneered and built the legislative superstructure that enforces multicultural rectitude, party loyalty is almost irrelevant here. Call-me-Dave and his cohorts in the desperate-to-be-nice Conservative party flaunt almost exactly the same values and views, as do Nick Clegg and his henchmen. The Coalition has had the chance to root out the dangerous political correctness around multiculturalism but instead has often reinforced it. For example, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s Ofsted inspectors are busy as we speak enforcing this agenda among 10-year-olds, as has been reported on TCW.

And what of South Yorkshire Police? Since the Stephen Lawrence report and its politically-correct fallout engineered by New Labour, it has becoming increasingly clear that the multicultural agenda is far more important to chief constables than law enforcement. Not only that, there is a manic and wholly disproportionate focus is on public relations.

That is why, as the Rotherham abuse sickeningly continued last year, South Yorkshire policemen spent thousands of pounds on a stunt co-ordinated with the BBC to humiliate Cliff Richard. They judged it far more important to have their name in lights than to protect local children.

The media village – with the BBC  at its heart – often appears complicit in the enforcement of this agenda. Its focus on multicultural values is relentless and dominating. In this vein, its coverage of Rotherham was strangely restrained. For example, the BBC Newsnight item – which could have delved deeply into the background, having had the report since the morning – spoke only to a father of one of the victims and Sue Berelotwtz. And by the next morning, Today did not even think the story merited a place on the running order.

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David Keighley
David Keighley
Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.

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