Thursday, 6 January 2011

Déjà vu

"Revealed:" announced the headline of yesterday's Scottish edition of The Times, "conspiracy of silence on UK sex gangs".

This is the supposedly revelatory news of a "pattern of abuse" of underage white girls by groups of Asian men becoming established across the Midlands and the north of England.  Seventeen prosecutions relating to "on-street grooming" of girls aged 11 to 16 – overwhelmingly white – had been identified by reporters, thirteen of them undertaken only in the last three years, resulting in the conviction of 56 men for offences ranging from child abduction to rape.  Of the 56, only three were identified as "white" (though details are scanty and this description is often somewhat misleadingly assigned to Albanians) with the remaining 53 being (predominantly Muslim) men of Asian extraction.

The exposé managed to give the lie, at least, to repeated public denials by police forces and other state-run or sponsored agencies of there being any discernible "ethnic dimension" to such crimes, which have significantly increased in freqency since the late 1990s.  They even found a Chief Inspector – one Alan Edwards – to "speak out" on how constables and child protection workers have allowed "groomers" to flourish for fear of being accused of racism if they acted.  (Small wonder, unfortunately, considering what they learned about the level of support they could expect from politicians and the judiciary in the event of such accusations following Operation Swamp in th 1980s.)

But it is not officialdom's fearful self-delusion which was the most disheartening thing in this story, nor even the crimes themselves and their horrible details – 12-year-olds forced to have abortions, nurses examining 13-year-old victims and finding they have been raped more than fifty times, and so on.  No, it was instead the artificial quality of The Times' shock and indignation; the hollow ring in its editorial's breathless demands for the story to be subjected to "the disinfectant of sunlight".  For the truth is that nothing in the story should be news to anyone – especially the people at The Times.

Observe, for example, BBC Panorama's documentary, "Teenage Sex for Sale", broadcast back in 2008:

 
Documentary commences around 3:50

It is the same tale; even equivocal rent-a-mouth Mohammed Shafiq seems to be a recurring feature.  Very young girls plied with drugs, raped, physically abused, threatened – sometimes at gunpoint – and forced into unpaid prostitution. 

The government estimate given was of at least 5,000 child prostitutes across the country.  We hear of a pilot police operation in Wolverhampton back in 1998, uncovering a criminal network which from that city alone stretched out to London and Cardiff, resulting in dozens of prosecutions – far more than the paltry few "identified" by The Times. It was then quietly dropped.

Can The Times really have missed all this? It seems unlikely considering they too covered "grooming" before this week's alleged exclusive – they covered it before even Panorama.

Sadly, it is all an old story; one which will incite strictly limited debate: is it appropriate we discuss the ethnicity and religious backrounds of the abusers and their victims, shouldn't The Times and others be praised for "breaking the silence", mustn't we remember that most Muslims find the abuse abhorrent, etc. It will then fade quietly away.  Perhaps a year later, the safety valve will be turned again, and the story will reemerge, packaged yet again as something bold and breaking.  Matters will have worsened in the interim. 

This is the real "conspiracy", if it can be described as such, which we can see reasserting itself already in today's Times as the newspaper apparently contents itself with having generated a few meaningless "Calls for action", and we are reassured us that the Deputy Prime Minister is now "[leading] demands for tough measures".  Of course this is not really the case at all.  Mr Clegg merely said "I checked with the Home Office and they have assured me that we are keeping the case for further research under review" – a sly way of repeating what the Home Office said already, i.e. "we've read your report but we have no intention of reseaching the matter".  The Home Office knows already that it would not like what such research would tell it: that the blame lies with a limp-wristed criminal justice system, with the natural consequences of uncontrolled mass immigration, and with the failures of the multicultural project.

"What does it matter", we are told offenders say in the Netherlands, where the problem is slightly more advanced, "if a girl has sex with a man three or four times or if she has sex with a hundred men?  Either way she's a whore. ... Girls here [in Europe] are all whores."  This attitude will never change, not so long as integration remains entirely off the agenda, and the indigenous, liberal culture and the proud history which bore it continues to be not promoted but at best neglected and at worst actively denigrated.

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