The abuse of young white Oxford women by Asian men is horrifying and baffling. I had determined not to comment because my knowledge of this while I was Leader is not large. However, I am struck by the silence surrounding a question I have asked and which has generated a visible silence apart from an attack on my political leadership by a local left wing activist who said I had tried to play the race card to deflect my failure of political leadership.
He or (more likely) she has missed the point, whether deliberately or not, I do not know. Let me repeat my question one more time and see if anyone has the courage to give an honest answer.
If the abusers in this case had been white men, would the police and social workers have felt more able to intervene? I suspect the answer is YES but I do not know. Will anyone out there take their courage in their hands and give me an honest answer? I suspect I know the answer but would rather see some honesty.