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Martyn Sadler

Member Since 23 Aug 2004
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In Topic: Rotherham

29 August 2014 - 10:19 AM

We don't know that at all, sadly.

If you have read or listened to the comments of people who worked in social services in Rotherham over the last 15 or so years, I think we can say with some confidence that a fear of being adjudged racist was a crucial factor that prevented earlier action being taken.


In Topic: Rotherham

29 August 2014 - 10:06 AM

Yes.  The rape of 1,400 children could only happen because people were scared of racism.  There can be no other factors whatsoever.

Not scared of racism, but of being accused of racism.

 

And the one thing we know is that if they hadn't been scared of being accused of racism, the number of children who were abused would have been substantially reduced.


In Topic: Rotherham

29 August 2014 - 08:21 AM

The far right attempt to inflame racial issues as a tactic. It's part of what they believe in.
 

And many people on the left are equally if not more keen to inflame racial issues for their own political benefit.

 

Some of them love nothing more than to throw around accusations of racism.

 

That inevitably led to a situation in Rotherham where officials had, as their first priority, a desire not to be accused of racism.

 

Their desire to protect vulnerable young people who were in great danger was lower down their list of priorities.


In Topic: Rotherham

27 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

Labour is calling for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to step down, but all this abuse was brushed under the carpet by a Labour Council.

 

Utter, utter hypocrisy.

I've just seen an interview on the BBC in which Shaun Wright, the said Police and Crime Commissioner, says he feels "let down" by the report.

 

So he's a victim too and should by no means be expected to resign from his position, regardless of the fact that 1,400 young people were "let down" by him and his ilk.

 

Incidentally, Rotherham BC used an interesting form of words when it first reported the contents of the report on its website.

 

https://pbs.twimg.co...gd_IQAAJh3d.jpg

 

That's a screenshot of a report that was soon taken down by the Council, but it illustrates a mindset that refuses to acknowledge any fault, which Shaun Wright himself seems to typify.


In Topic: Middle east violence

26 August 2014 - 10:13 PM

I think he meant that it would be accepted as genuine whether or not it was actually genuine.  I think the 'it doesn't matter' here means 'it's irrelevant to its impact'.

I'm glad that someone can understand the point I was trying to make.

 

If it was a genuine member of the IDF the Israelis will, I'm sure, take action against the soldier who made the claim.