A couple of months ago I wrote to WR suggesting an article on the the way democratic, civilised Britain has treated and was treating children. I didn't pursue it further with other issues coming to the fore. What initially provoked me was the Rochdale abuse case, where a group of men preyed on and regularly abused young girls who were mostly in "care" and were thus extremely vulnerable. The state, which was officially the "parents" of these children turned a blind eye with the police ignoring any complaints, the local authorities saving money by lodging them in cheap and insalubrious parts of the country (away from their own areas) and social services ignoring their plight under the totalitarian political correctness of "it is their choice". This issue was highlighted by the press in large part because the perpetrators were of Asian origin and thus the racist card could be played. But the issue is nationwide and the growing and vague, open-ended proposals made by the government over this issue, the cutting of minimum standards and initial assessments, the loosening of local authority rules, all mean that this abuse of vulnerable children in this area will get worse.
I was further reminded of the forced migration of British children after the war to Australia and Canada where many of these children, some of whom still had parents in Britain, were subjected to a life of sexual, mental and physical abuse. We also have the ongoing economic attacks of both Labour and Conservatives (and Liberals) which sees the overall conditions of working class children deteriorating year on year and there are reports of child labour in Britain being only 2% lower than Sri Lanka. There were other issues concerning how Britain, again under the auspices of "political correctness" (which is just as much a right wing agenda as the left), has turned into the young female genital mutilation capital of the world.
Now the shit from paedophile and serial sexual abuser, the "popular" (though most workers I know thought he was a mont) entertainer Jimmy Saville has hit the fan and his minders and providers throughout the BBC are in the process of being exposed as completely implicated in his sick pursuits - as indeed has been the NHS, the social services, the police (who received many complaints over decades) and other elements of the state. The abuse of vulnerable children is nothing new to the recent history of British capital. The Kincora boys home in Northern Ireland was regularly "visited" in the 60s and 70s by some of the prominent, pious Protestants of the British state with their own sexual predilictions and the recent Jersey "care" home scandal, where children were abused by prominent state officials (who have escaped any punishment) and maybe worse. The Saville case exposes the BBC, not as the "voice of impartiality" but, in this case, as part of the rotten cesspool of a decomposing society where "entertainment" goes well beyond and deeper than some of the excesses brilliantly exposed in the film "They shoot horses don't they?". The British bourgeoisie are not stupid though and they've realised that the BBC has to come through as an "independent", investigatative force (this event is coincidentally timed around the expose of the Orgreave police plot against the striking miners which the BBC was also well complicit in) and the Saville business clearly puts it in a very bad light. So there will be "independent" investigations within the BBC and into the BBC, within the NHS, the police and so on and they are all aimed at shoring up the ideology of the capitalist state and obscuring the fundamental rotteness that lies within it.