During today’s hearing of the HoC Home Affairs Committee into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation ‘scandal’, everyone on the committee seemed struck by the refusal of Shaun Wright and ex Chief Constable Meredydd John Hughes to recall details and to admit culpability, despite overwhelming evidence that contradicted the positions they were taking.
Despite the positions of authority the various witnesses held in the Council and the Police, they did not discipline anyone. Nobody was sacked or suspended or even named as being possibly culpable. Why? Are they covering for each other, or for a wider ring of people?
Given that during the session, reference was made to the strong links within the South Yorkshire police force to:
- the Freemasons,
- child-trafficking and abuse,
- organised crime,
it seems possible that Wright and Hughes might be more frightened of their organised crime links than they are of what the government might do to them if they are found guilty of perjury.
In other words, who might Wright and Hughes be protecting?
Perhaps Mr Vaz will look into that aspect?
Interestingly, Joyce Thacker says she was a “partner of Barnardos”.