From: J G Riseley, Harcourt Drive, Harrogate.
SOME say they believed the scale of child sex abuse in Rotherham was exaggerated. A total of 1,400 cases does indeed seem barely credible. Yet even had the true figure been a tenth of this, would not 140 cases have been sufficient to warrant vigorous action?
Others who were in positions of authority claim they were not told.
At best this indicates that they were unapproachable and uninterested. Given how little use they were in public office, should they not now go?
The Police and Crime Commissioner has the responsiblity of holding South Yorkshire Police to account for their many failings, including “losing evidence”.
How can Shaun Wright do this given his feeble record as head of Children and Young People’s Services?
That he can envisage clinging on to office shows his contempt for victims and voters.
But he must not be the only one held responsible.
This was not the 1960s when, we are now told, sex abuse was considered normal. It is within very recent and supposedly enlightened times.
We should be seeing prosecutions, resignations, sackings and forfeiture of pension rights.
Some of those who can’t be prised out must never see another pay rise or promotion.
What is wrong with the people of Rotherham that they are not on the streets demanding this?
From: Barry Foster, High Stakesby, Whtiby.
OF course Shaun Wright isn’t going to resign. After all look at his salary – he is hardly going to give that up. What it however tells me is that we are in the hands of incompetent people who are simply not up to the job and no one anywhere seems able to get rid of them. The sooner we rid ourselves of the lot of them, the better.
From: Martin Fletcher, Flanders Court, Thorpe Hesley.
ROTHERHAM Council leader Roger Stone, to give him credit if you can call it that, resigned before people like me called for his head but our police and crime commissioner is trying to hang on.
Shaun Wright apologised. Big deal. He should go too. All regardless of party should be prosecuted and sacked.
From: Andrea Bradley, Harrogate.
THE people responsible for the cover up of the horrendous abuse of innocent children must be punished to show that we are not prepared to accept their blatant spineless behaviour then or ever again.
I cried when I read the headlines (The Yorkshire Post, August 27). I worked in Keighley many years ago when Asians were known to be grooming young white girls, it’s gone on everywhere, race creed or colour, it is wrong, the problem is we still live in a society where people are afraid to speak out for fear of being called racist. It must end.
From: Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon.
SOUTH Yorkshire Police Commissioner Shaun Wright seems to be one of those with some culpability in relation to the horrific child sex abuse in Rotherham (The Yorkshire Post, August 27).
His position does seem to be untenable, and surely the right thing to do would be for him to “fall on his sword?”
The question is, will he consider this to be the right way forward, or will that be outweighed by keeping hold of his lucrative position come what may?
From: Caroline Crompton, Princes Street, Oxford.
THE shocking saga lasting from the 1990s until last year has been greeted by Rotherham Council employees and South Yorkshire Police as something that is all in the past, that things have now changed and such cruelty couldn’t happen again.
It follows that no one can ever be guilty of any transgression. That can’t be right.
Taking stand on terrorism
From: Michael Ross, Weeton Lane, Dunkeswick.
MANY congratulations to this newspaper for publishing the two articles by Lynne Coates and Bill Carmichael (The Yorkshire Post, August 22).
Both of them were outstanding and an example to most of our mealy-mouthed politicians who, in the name of “community cohesion” and for fear of offending a particular section of the community only say what they think their voters want to hear them say.
Don’t expect them to change, they will generally see which way the wind is blowing, after all that is what the majority of them have always done.
However the chickens are really coming home to roost now and they appear befuddled by the speed of the escalation which has been evolving for years, mainly as a result of the terrorist groups recognising a very weak West and that “they have nothing to beat”.
Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children being displaced, massacred and maimed in at least half a dozen countries in the world and hardly a word of protest, outrage, or demonstration. No marches or boycotting of goods or limiting supplies of armaments – apart from, of course, when Israel is defending itself from brutal groups who have no interest in a peaceful existence. Why is it that the tiny Jewish State, fighting for its life, is always targeted for either doing too much or too little? I leave that for your even-handed readers to work out.
From: Andrew Suter, Station Road, Ampleforth.
I AM sure I am not alone in condemning the murder of James Foley in the Middle East apparently, by a British citizen with the nickname “Beatle John”
If the British get their hands on this evil individual, he will be convicted of murder. Yet he will have an army of liberal do-gooders explaining away his actions due to repressive parents or nappy rash, and be out of jail in under 10 years.
From: H Marjorie Gill, Clarence Drive, Menston.
THE so-called jihadists are unspeakable cowards, who dare not show their faces and who hide behind balaclava hoods.
Their parents would be so ashamed of spawning such desperate bullies capable of appalling savagery and spurning the teaching of their upbringing and their religious leaders.