If you’re an MP, there’s no such thing as “the silly season”. Even journalists should be wary of deploying the term too often, lest their readers and viewers start to believe that any political news story in August is just too frivolous to care about. This year’s biggest “silly season” story is, of course, the silencing of Big Ben’s bongs (foreign readers might want to ask a British friend to translate from this point).
The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has just endeared himself once more to millions of Americans by posting a video condemning those who took part in the neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville last week. The former Republican politician even cites his personal experience of growing up in Austria alongside “broken men” who had been duped by Hitler’s ideology.
Let me begin with the usual qualifications and caveats, and then we can get on to the real point of this article. Okay, here goes: the vast majority of British Muslims are decent, law-abiding people who respect our laws and values and who make a massively positive contribution to our country and society. Okay? Right, now onto business. Between 1995 and 2013, 1,400 children in the Rotherham area were raped, abused, trafficked and tortured by gangs of mainly Muslim men of Pakistani and Indian origin.
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Selecting a term
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