Jack Straw’s comments were simply idiotic….
Pakistanis, let’s be clear, are not the only people who commit sexual offences, and overwhelmingly the sex offenders’ wings of prisons are full of white sex offenders.
But there is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men … who target vulnerable young white girls.”
Logically, if the first statement is held to be true, then there is a huge, and incidentally much greater, ‘specific problem’ with white men who target ‘vulnerable young white girls’ too. However, since Mr Straw’s brain is obviously enjoying an extended recess and this point obviously escaped his attention. Having ticked the racist box Straw then decided to dabble in sexist machismo;
“These young men are in a western society, in any event, they act like any other young men, they’re fizzing and popping with testosterone, they want some outlet for that, but Pakistani heritage girls are off-limits and they are expected to marry a Pakistani girl from Pakistan, typically”
Straw is coming dangerously close to justifying rape. Remind me again which post Straw used to hold in government? Sadly, however, I think his comments are indicative of deeper cultural problems; especially with regard to race that the Labour Party has which are brought to the surface by the likes of Straw and latterly the late and unlamented Phil Woolas. Having jettisoned what was a commitment to progressive internationalism and turned into a horrific caricature, the creed of ‘liberal interventionism’, the leadership is quite happy to pander to racism and bigotry in a quest to win the votes of those it has disappointed and betrayed by pandering to their worst prejudices. They are aided and abetted by an undercurrent of nationalism which has always existed on the Labourite left, committed to top-down socialism delivered from on high.
The answer to this problem lies not in the adoption of liberal solutions which don’t work and entrench discrimination, like ‘positive discrimination’ but the creation of a consistently democratic opposition and therefore internationalist to both the overt and covert manifestations of prejudice and intolerance within the Labour Party and wider labour movement.