UKIP Tackling The Rape Gang Scandal
Editor’s Note: The author is the UKIP Spokesman For Families And Children
Following the Iceland debacle, I had given up on the England team.
So how was I to know that Gareth Southgate would work a miracle and England would make it through to the World Cup quarterfinals against Sweden – and play on exactly the same day on which I had planned a UKIP conference on grooming gangs in a pub near Rochdale?
Would people still turn up for the conference? If they did, would they stay away from the pub TV screens long enough to participate?
In the event, 25 party members came from across the country and, while nearly 30 million of our compatriots watched the match, not one member disappeared early to join them. The topic we were discussing was too serious. Many thousands of young English girls and some boys have suffered from ongoing racist rape while politically correct and self-interested local authorities – mainly Labour – and local police have turned a blind eye.
It’s a massive but undeclared national scandal.
Three months ago Gerard Batten gave me special party responsibility for tackling the issue. I’ve renamed it more appropriately ‘the rape gang scandal’ and, courtesy of our efficient hosts at the Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton branch, held the conference in order to consult party members and develop party policy to confront it.
John Clynch from the National Anti-Grooming Alliance and Helpline (NAGAH) joined us and urged that we should campaign to expose institutional failings and cover-ups, raise awareness of the rape gangs nationwide and give a voice to victims and survivors.
And Billy Howarth, who set up Rochdale’s Parents Against Grooming UK when his own daughter was groomed and local police and Rochdale Council refused to act, told us that rape gangs are still operating and in Rochdale are run 100% by Pakistani Muslim men.
The discussion showed our passion. One member took notes out of his wallet and pressed them into my hand as seed-money for UKIP to take out private prosecutions against some of the culpable authorities. “Something’s got to be done and UKIP’s the only party to do it,” he said insistently.
The discussion was wide-ranging too. One or two thought UKIP should tackle all child sexual exploitation, from Elm Guest House-type abuse of boys by establishment figures to child sex trafficking and internet paedophile rings. Others were concerned that focussing on rape gangs could be seen as racist.
At the end of the conference NEC’s Katie Fanning took on the task of drawing conclusions from our deliberations. She identified four major themes that should be turned into specific UKIP policies:
1. British law must be fully enforced irrespective of the ethnicity or religion of the sexual predators, and the statutory personnel that fail to enforce the law should be held to account, sacked and prosecuted.
2. UKIP must confront the political correctness and blatant racism that ignores or minimises rape crimes simply because they were committed by ethnic or religious minorities on white children.
3. Children, and also parents, teachers and health professionals, must be educated about the methods used by the rape gangs to lure children into their clutches.
4. Victims and survivors must be properly supported and appropriately compensated.
The conference was hard work, but it is important and useful to consult party members during policy development. Collectively Kippers have a lot of wisdom.
“It was good to be sharing information and building party solidarity,” said Edward Johnson of Burnley & Pendle branch after the meeting closed. “It was a very valuable conference.”
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