Folk Devils of the Far-Right

Last year, when the Rotherham child abuse scandal broke the narrative was ready-made. The perpetrators were Asian men, the victims were white girls: it’s multiculturalism, stupid! The proponents of diversity and tolerance were painted as rape apologists. It was a particularly powerful case. An estimated 1,400 underage girls had been abused by these men. The emotional pitch is strong and piercing. The forces of reaction often set out to monopolise the most emotionally-satisfying answers. So a lot of people actually blamed ‘political-correctness’. As if the social services feared accusations of racism so much that they covered up a systematic pattern … Continue reading

The Kids Are Alright

Last year, the major twist in the child sexual abuse scandal came in the form of mainstream political ties to a pro-paedophile organisation. It had been decades since the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was first in the news. Now Harriet Harman was singled out for blame by the Daily Mail. It was typical of the Mail to link PIE to the Labour Party. All of this seemed to imply a progressive-paedophile alliance. This scandal is still unfolding before our eyes in another stage. Now Ted Heath stands accused of sexual abuse. Allegedly, Heath attended PIE meetings. But we may never … Continue reading

The trauma of diversity

It’s about a year now since the Rotherham child abuse case broke. It was actually one of many similar cases. The media had a framework ready-made: the victims were mostly white, the abusers were mostly Asian men, liberal multiculturalism is to blame. An estimated 1,400 underage girls had been abused in this period. The tale resembles the lowest fantasies of fascists: dark-skinned men stalking and grooming pristine caucasian girls. This racist vision has long been a staple of fascist propaganda. It was a major feature of BNP campaigns for many years. It chimes with the worldview. The racialised enemy is … Continue reading