It is very difficult to adequately convey in words the feelings that are stirred up by the information that 1,400 children were sexually abused by gangs of paedophiles in Rotherham and the authorities did nothing to stop it.
Understanding why they did this is not really something I believe is worth exploring in any depth, because there was a simple moral choice between saving children from sexual abuse or avoiding what they claim was the threat of being accused of being racist.
If they knew what was happening and action was taken to stop it, how could they then be accused of racism that would imply they were making false accusations on the grounds of race? Maybe it was more complicated than that, but in any case the behaviour of the authorities amounts to cowardice.
If the authorities were acting cowardly, then the gloating from the likes of the English Defence League can only be described as vile and deeply disturbing. Their entire response to the case has been one of attention-seeking and a desire to prove that they are right, added to their obvious need for an excuse to attack Muslims and Pakistanis. When cases of paedophile gangs formed of mostly Asian suspects come to light, the EDL and their ilk firstly claim there’s a media blackout (with ongoing trials the media can’t release details) and behave as if they themselves were the only source of information, even though they get their information from the media in the first place. Then they protest outside the court where the trial is being held, as if to try and influence the verdict. When the North West Infidels did this outside Liverpool Crown Court they almost caused a mistrial (their presence couldn’t guarantee that the defendants would get a fair trial) and what were men guilty of child sex abuse, would’ve been found not guilty and released on a legal technicality. Afterwards they brag about how they were right and use the trial as an excuse to racially abuse Pakistanis, religiously abuse Muslims and try and score political points over anti-fascists by falsely accusing them of defending paedophiles.
There’s a world of difference between counter-protesting against a bunch of fascists looking for some free publicity and protesting in defence of paedophiles.
It’s as if not collectively hating all Muslims and Pakistanis amounts to not detesting certain Pakistani and Muslim individuals.
A similar pattern was on display last year with Lee Rigby’s murder. After he was murdered, the police had secured the area and the media were covering everything, the EDL turned up and attacked the police. But why? There was absolutely no reason for them to be there: the police had taken the suspects away and the media had broken the story to the world. But the EDL will no doubt claim, as they always do, that they were “defending the streets from Islamic extremists”, the police “are in bed with Islam”, the media “won’t tell the truth” and so presumably the EDL had to come to the scene of the murder to “wake everyone up” to what had happened. And of course have a pointless fight with the police, pose in front of the TV cameras and generally act as if they were important in some way.
Despite the murder being a major story in the media for several months afterwards, right up to and including the trial, the EDL were of the opinion that if it wasn’t for them Lee Rigby would’ve been forgotten. Then there was the trial and themselves and the BNP turned up
outside the court for no apparent reason, other to demand the non-existent death penalty and moon at the TV cameras.
If we look at their Facebook main page we can see that the EDL actually thrive on stories of Muslims raping, murdering and committing other serious crimes. It fuels and supposedly justifies the EDL’s hatred of Muslims/Pakistanis and gives them the excuse they need to do
their demos, which are nothing more than events to boost the egos of people with very low self esteem. Demos make them feel like they are important: “Look Mum, I’m on the telly!” If they get to do a march through the streets, well, that’s even better because everyone can see them then and they can pretend they’re soldiers at a parade. The English Defence League is the Jeremy-Kyleisation of activism.
They are totally silent on cases not involving gangs of Asian or Muslim paedophiles.
A further two men have been arrested in the last week over the child sexual abuse scandal that went on North Welsh care homes in the 70s and 80s. There are currently 283 people under investigation.
The EDL have not commented on this and the names of the latest two suspects suggest why not.
They were also silent on Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall, Max Clifford and Rolf Harris, when Savile alone had hundreds of victims. Combined with the EDL’s off-stated hatred of “Muslims” (because Muslims can be any colour, this probably means Pakistanis) raping white women, we can conclude that the EDL is not interested in the victims, but only in the race or religion of the perpetrators.
The Rotherham case has now presented the EDL with another such excuse to be in the public eye (they’ve organised a demo after the case is closed) and for them to gloat about being right. Looking at their “Unplugged” Facebook group we can see that they are positively revelling in the outcome, throwing racial abuse around, challenging anti-fascists to come and eat humble pie, and even making a game of falsely accusing anti-fascists of defending Muslim paedophile gangs. Some of the posts almost read like Oscar speeches with their lists of names that the EDL deem responsible.
The fate of the 1400 sexually abused children doesn’t seem to come into this and the fact they were sexually abused almost seems to be a cause for celebration for the EDL, as it means they can do a bit of point scoring against everyone they don’t like.
I’d rather not be commenting about this awful crime in relation to the EDL, as it will merely give them something more to squawk about and really it’s beneath my dignity to speak about the EDL and sexually abused children in the same blog. However as they seem to be mistaking everyone else’s dignified silence on the matter as a sign of humiliation, I thought a few things needed saying.