It's a sad day for me. A former hero of mine has decided to quit journalism and join in the lucrative narrative building industry with this appalling piece of lazy hackery on the matter of Rotherham.
Political correctness has not been used for any reason of cultural or racial sensitivity. It
has been used as a tool of bureaucratic malice. Adele Gladman was sent on a
diversity course not because they were afraid of racism, but because
they wanted to shut her up and harass her so she went away.
was saying that social services had dropped the ball in a big way which
would have threatened some nice sinecure positions, not least £85K
directorate heads - and would have embarrassed the council politically.
PC was just the convenient tool for the moment to silence a council
true crime is not what happened per se, but the culture of denial and
evasion and hostility to whistle-blowers, which is a common thread in
all local authority and health scandals; - Baby P, Mid-Staffs,
Donnygate, Rochdale etc. The Pakistan aspect is irrelevant and so is the
cultural aspect - and so is political correctness.
matter what the subject matter of the failure was, the result would
have been the same - hostility, defensiveness, denial and corruption. It
is also totally irrelevant that it's a Labour council too (incidentally).
is a little bit of evidence that the lower orders in Social Services
were a bit cagey about saying what they thought - but that's because
they've rightly been trained to reserve their immediate interpretations -
but this was AFTER the council knew about the epidemic, and if there
had been the leadership and the political will, it would have been
sorted. That's what these £185k a year council CEOs are notionally for.
is barely relevant. It's certainly not causal. Basically this is an
inevitability of a corporate scale councils behaving the way any
organisation would without consequences for failure. Nobody loses their
pension over this, and the guilty will take up similarly cushy jobs in
way we cleaned up the airline industry was with criminal negligence
laws. If an Airbus design manager signs off a repair that can be proven
to be knowingly inadequate at the time of sign off then that mo-fo goes
to prison. But malfeasance in public office is an only an offence in common law and
thus has to be taken up by the victims - who can often be intimidated,
paid off or silenced - if they can afford justice at all.
these councils were broken up and there was an inspectorate with very
sharp teeth, and there was a real threat of jail and financial ruin for
these council CEOs, they would be personally auditing every department
asking all the tough questions. But instead they work three days a week
when they're not out playing golf - or entertaining directors and middle
management of council suppliers. Either that or sitting in meetings
talking about statutory reporting requirements for gay and lesbian
tennis outreach programmes. Anything but do a days fucking work.
you bark up the tree of political correctness then you fall for the
decoy - and that's why we'll see more Baby P's, Mid Staffs and
Rotherhams. That Brendan O'Neill, a major influence and former hero of
mine, would fall into this sloppy narrative crap saddens me greatly.
the record, I was born and raised in Bradford, lived in Manningham, and
have worked for four Northern Social Services departments. Meanwhile, I
wonder if Brendan can find Rotherham on a map. He knows more about
Australia than life outside the M25. I love the guy when he's right, but
on this, he's talking out of his arse and sounds more like Melanie
Phillips than an actual journalist.
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