Is it because they would have been perceived as racist or against a certain ethnic group? Would it have sparked a riot or what?
Nothing excuses the destruction of a young life and the many that could have been saved. You may argue that these girls were on ‘the streets’ but when you can understand that these men targeted children from either care homes or broken homes you can understand that these children, and they are children at 12, 13 & 14 years old, reacted to being taken care of, and they thought looked after.
What possible excuse is there that the Police failed these girls so badly? The judge, in sentencing these men said ‘you have imported cultural baggage which played an important role as the men thought that the women were lesser beings’.
The Patriarchal system that rules most Pakistani households are rules abided by other nationalities, let’s not think for one minute that this is a Pakistani problem. Many other cultures in the Arab states, African and Asian countries are ruled by men that treat women as second class citizens and so when a man tells me to get off my high horse about women’s lib I reply to them that there is much work to do yet before there is equality between men and women: and this particular case in 2012 is an example.
The ethnic groups who import their prehistoric ideals in relation to women ought to be educated. In this particular case if it was Pakistani men with Pakistani children they would not have got away with it, as it is the authorities turned a blind eye and these men saw it as a green light to continue their disgusting abuse: they believed that they had the right to abuse these young girls.
Whatever this particular community has over the Police hopefully does not exist now: as in that area alone of 77 recent convictions 67 were from the Pakistani community, although it needs to be stressed that 80% grooming of girls is done on line by white men working alone these men did it in groups, as most paedophile rings work, passing the girl from one to another: these were business men, men of high status in their community and they need to be taught by this society that they cannot get away with it.
If it happened in our community we would name & shame these people so that they would never be accepted in our mist again, the Pakistani or any other ethnic group should do the same. Young girls whether they are in Rochdale or Nicosia, Nairobi or Abu Dhabi should be protected by the society as a whole and we should never turn a blind eye to men who abuse young children whatever nationality they are: we owe our young people that much and so much more.
EASTENDERS: BBC’S RESPONSE
For those of you who did not read my column last week, just to recap, on Eastenders a new ‘Greek Cypriot’ came in as one of the characters.
This character is Nico Papadopoulos and owns a takeaway shop. The BBC in their wisdom displayed a Turkish Flag in the shop and boy did I complain, and many of you did too. We all received the same letter as below. If you are not GREEKCITY’s friend on FACEBOOK you would have not known that we all received exactly the same letter but this is it.
I want to thank all of you who took the time to complain: together, I keep saying, we are a force to be reckoned with and bravo sas.
At least we were acknowledged but it still does not explain how a Turkish Cypriot playing a Greek Cypriot did not know the difference between a Cypriot flag and a Turkish flag: this we will find out sooner or later.
Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘EastEnders’ broadcast on BBC One.
We understand you’re unhappy that Turkish flags and symbols can be seen behind the counter of McKlunky’s kebab shop. We appreciate as the shop is owned by a Greek Cypriot character, this is offensive.
We’re sorry that you were offended by the inclusion of a Turkish flag in the fast food restaurant run by Nico, and we consulted with the programme's Production team.
This was the result of miscommunication between the design team and the editorial team, and we apologise. We have removed the pictures with immediate effect but as we film in advance it may be in shot for a short while longer.
Please be assured we appreciate your feedback on this, and therefore we have registered your comments on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that's made available to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.
The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.
LGR SERIES 6
Lucy LOIZOU & I are back with series 6 which started this month on LGR. Lucy LOIZOU is a FAMILY LAWYER who gives advice to our community over the air to people who need help. The next program is on the 30th May 2012 at 7.15p.m. through till 8p.m. then on the 13th & 27th June 2012.
So if you have any problems you want Lucy to help you with email me on firstname.lastname@example.org in the strictest confidence. No name is read out & when you phone the studio we do not put you on air but we do reply you on air live.
26th MAY 2012 – A GREEK NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA at the Ivy Hill Hotel, Margeretting, Chelmsford, CM4 OEH, enjoy a 3 course meal plus half a bottle of wine included for just £35 (£25 if you mention Greek City). LIVE MUSIC supplied by non other than the GRECIAN KINGS plus Dancers.
This event is sponsored by MONNIS RESTAURANT of Chelmsford call directly on 01376 512 131 or Fanos on 07952 826 244 or at GreekCity on 0208 889 0186 for your reservation.
IN LONDON FOR THE FIRST TIME: LAKIS LAZOPOULOS (Comedian) – Tuesday 29th May 2012 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – TICKETS available at GREEK CITY for £15/£25/£35/£45 & £55 phone 020 8889 0186 The show "Sorry I' m Greek", which is written, directed and presented by
Lakis Lazopoulos includes three musicians and four dancers – SUBTITLED for us born in the UK!
1st & 2nd JUNE 2012 SOTIS VOLANIS at FLOGA RESTAURANT for reservations telephone STELIOS on 0208 881 3317.
29th September 2012 (Saturday) GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL, fundraising Dinner & Dance at Brimsdown Sports & Social Club, Enfield, EN3 7RP Adults £25 Children 3-10 years old £15 phone Eve on 07530 742924
As FACEBOOK gets bigger by the minute the authorities are looking into the possibility of lowering the age to 10 years old to be able to have an account: at the moment it is 13 years old.
Whilst I believe that children should communicate face to face with their friends and just hate the fact children nowadays don’t actually speak to one another other than through social networks, FACEBOOK is here to stay.
GREEK CITY have over 1,300 friends on their page and when a couple of them starting posting some, shall we say, unsavoury, material I immediately take them off my page as I feel I have a responsibility to my other friends.
When one person’s ‘profile photograph’ was a naked woman I thought to myself that the world has gone mad, how could I justify this person and allow him to post anything on my page when he has no morals.
I cannot be ‘friends’ with someone who thinks that posting a woman with a whip either can be justified: call me an old woman I don’t care, I do not think these kind of photographs are appropriate to paste all over a social network.
If you want to see these kind of photographs then please be my guest and buy some from a newsagent or wherever you can buy these things from but I think it is not right that FACEBOOK should allow graphically explicit photographs all over the place: so imagine 10 year olds on this site? I’m not prudish, I consider myself a woman of the world but I choose not to see them on my computer: I do not see why I should or why I would want to, to me it just demeans the person who has put this on their site.
So I strongly think that there is a case against lowering the age of FACEBOOK users, I for one would not want any grand child of mine being exposed to such rubbish without having the knowledge of how to combat it.
Me Poli Love
FACEBOOK PAGE: PETER CHRISTIANSON/GREEKCITY