Distraction Politics, again

images (114)We know that all parts of our society, all communities, all institutions and all generations have been impacted by Child and vulnerable adult Sexual Exploitation. We also know that a firm commitment by this Government led by David Cameron and Theresa May from last Summer has so far not materialised. These two Politicians have completely failed to take hold of one thing that they should and could have dealt with and even promised to address which was to establish an overriding public enquiry in an effective manner. Yet today we have a summit taking place for which the headlines are that Teachers, Doctors, Social Workers and Police Officers who appear to do nothing in the light of cases of CSE will be prosecuted. To wilfully turn a blind eye to such abhorrent practices is clearly as evil as the practices themselves, yet successfully prosecuting someone for turning a blind eye is a matter that will create all sorts of challenges when it comes to providing evidence. Meanwhile according to numerous reports there are many people currently within the Palace of Westminster and who have recently left it who have knowledge of those who have been involved in CSE. How many honourable and right honourable blind eyes have been turned and worse still who have perpetrated such evil? Yet rather than deal with the place where Political Leaders have greatest influence, and use their authority to open up the doors to this most powerful of private members clubs to proper scrutiny, we have what will sound to some ears to be yet another attack on public servants who have no way of defending their reputation. I may be wrong but I think there are already adequate laws for achieving the objectives that this summit is calling for, and clearly it is vital that no stone is left unturned. What is needed is not more gestures, but a clear signal that nowhere is off limits and no one is too powerful to be charged and hopefully prosecuted.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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