As more details emerge of yet another Pakistani grooming gang brought to justice, this time in Newcastle, the sensitive issues that surround such cases are well and truly back in the spotlight.
That is to say that people are once more debating the role that race and religion played in this recent case and in those that came before, with many now waking up to the fact that these crimes were not just depraved in the extreme, but quite clearly racially motivated.
Of the 18 ‘people’ convicted in the recent Newcastle case, 17 are men who’s ethnic background is of the Indian sub-continent or the middle-east. In light of this, and the fact that the victims are all white English girls, there have been calls from senior MP’s for the sentences received by these perpetrators to reflect the racial motivations of their crimes.
This will be seen as a hollow gesture by those who have followed the grooming gangs scandal over the last 20 years. Up and down the length and breadth of England, thousands of white English girls have fallen victim to these gangs of Asian and African men, yet up until now the authorities have been in complete and utter denial…