The customs developing around how modern British officialdom reacts to the gang-rape of children is very interesting.
I’ve just watched an interview (above) with Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for South Yorkshire, a man who has to struggle along on a tax-payer funded salary of £85,000. The interview was in reaction to the revelation that Mr Wright was PCC during much of the period in which at least 1400 children in his area were raped and gang-raped by groups of men. I’m not quite sure what we’re currently allowed to say by way of identifying these men. We might once have said that they were ‘diverse’ or ‘vibrant’. Except that nearly all the men seem to come from one religious, and specific ethno-religious, background. For some time ‘Asian’ appears to have been the term of choice, but whenever I use it I receive a slew of angry emails from Hindus and Sikhs of Asian descent. I also get cross emails from Chinese persons and the people of Japan who criticise me for using the term ‘Asian’ to describe the men. I don’t know what the solution is. Perhaps we could avoid all trouble by just calling the guilty men ‘non-diverse’?
In any case, I was trying to remember what the interview with Shaun Wright reminded me of, and then I remembered of course it was this apology by the Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council, Joanna Simons:
Ms Simons is better off than Mr Wright, though she still has to squeeze by on a tax-payer funded salary of around £182,400, plus bonuses. She had to make her apology after it transpired that she had overseen, among other things, a care-home system which allowed young girls to be drugged, raped and gang-raped by an equally ‘non-diverse’ group of men in the Oxfordshire area. This