Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tommy Robinson & ‘Grooming Gangs’: Britain Persecutes Journalist | National Review

But the whole subject is so ugly and uncomfortable that very few people care to linger over it. Robinson is an exception. For him — as he said in a 2011 interview with the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman — the “grooming gangs” issue isn’t something that afflicts some far-off towns but people in the working-class communities that he knows. And while there are journalists (notably the Times’ Andrew Norfolk) who have spent considerable time and energy bringing this appalling phenomenon to light, most of British society has turned away in a combination of embarrassment, disgust, and uncertainty about how to even talk about this. Anyone who thinks Britain is much further along with dealing with the taboo of “grooming gangs” should remember that only last year the Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, had to leave the shadow cabinet because she accurately identified the phenomenon.


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The grooming gangs business, and the supine political cowardice of the police, is a disgrace. But the Tommy Robinson business seems to have stimulated another burst of self-regarding ignorance and hysteria in the US blogs.

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 1, 2018 10:54:54 AM