04 September 2014, The Tablet

Our wilful blindness let the children down

by Denis MacShane

Police, prosecutors and local officials all failed in their duty to protect 1,400 girls and young women from Asian abusers. Nor are politicians free from blame, admits one of the town’s MPs during the 16 years of denial Rotherham, in south Yorkshire, will merit a special chapter in any future social history of the modern era, as it represents an entire failure of politics, government, policing and state agencies. More importantly, it raises moral questions about why in Britain we allowed such evil to put down roots.The usual rent-a-quote MPs are out demanding that heads should roll, and some should. But they are the heads of senior police officers who refused to listen to the pleas of abused children. They are the heads of state prosecutors who have allowed sex crime, including mas
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