14 January, 2011


Rearguard action

Zubeida Malik on Today interviewing a Pakistani community worker in Keighley. He is tutting about the now acknowledged problem of "grooming and pimping" which even Auntie can no longer ignore. He then goes on, seemingly as a diversionary tactic, to complain that "the BNP have used the grooming problem to drive the communities apart" (wording approximate, from memory).

All very well, young man, but were the "communities" ever united in the first place? I remember a then young woman of my acquaintance, born and raised in Keighley, complaining volubly about sexual nuisance and disrespect from the local "Pakis" and a general "them and us" atmosphere.

And that conversation took place nearly 45 years ago.

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