Grantham Journal Column: Police should be able to get on with the job

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

We hear a lot nowadays about what the media choose to call the ‘Blame Culture’, but much of it, in my opinion, has more to do with the ‘Compensation Culture’ imported from America.

Sadly, both of these distasteful trends are part of a whole raft of such plagues, which have crossed the pond to cheapen our modern community spirit.

Avarice is the real aim of the game, but greedy victims and others not as deserving seem to think that ‘tragedies’ give them the right to make money out of accidental adversity.

In some ways, I can’t say I blame them entirely, but what I do strongly object to is another more sinister side of the problem, which can cover anything from violence and abuse to racism, negligence and even terrorism and murder.

When groups of men groom young girls and then use them and abuse them before making them available to anyone willing to pay, who gets much of the blame from the media?

Not the vile perpetrators. Apart from obvious prosecution and punishment, they appear to be cushioned by some members of the press, their nationalities seldom given the coverage they deserve in case of possible ‘racist’ claims.

Too often and not always through their own fault, police and social welfare workers have to shoulder the criticism. Police too often get blamed for riots because the media sometimes tends to believe the lies of the real villains. Maybe if the full force of the law fell on the real culprits and some more sensationalist members of the media used more integrity, culprits wouldn’t be so keen to profit from their neglect and real victims would get the justice they deserved.

Police and social workers could then do their jobs without fear or favour.