Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Multicultural rapist had to have cold water poured over him by horrified passers-by to stop his broad daylight attack on drunk woman
A rapist who had to have cold water poured over him by strangers to stop him attacking a woman in broad daylight has been jailed for eight years.
Gerald Malcolm was attacking a woman so drunk she could not walk or talk on the side of the road when shocked motorists pulled over shortly after 4pm in April.
A couple poured water over the 48-year-old who had plied the woman with alcohol at a pub near his home in Halesowen, West Midlands, before launching the attack.
Malcolm, originally from Jamaica, was jailed for eight years at Wolverhampton Crown Court .
The court heard how he met his 28-year-old victim at a library before convincing her to join him in a pub.
He then took her back to his home where the woman drank more alcohol and became unwell. After offering to walk her home, he was walking by on the roadside when he launched his attack.
Speaking after his sentencing the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was so drunk she could barely move or speak.
'The assault has had a lasting effect on me; I still cannot believe that this man attacked me and I don't know how I got so drunk.
'It is awful that I cannot remember what happened to me, this was in the street in broad daylight. I would never have done anything like this in the street.
'I keep blaming myself, I keep thinking that this is my own fault because I got so drunk, but he shouldn't have done this to me, he shouldn't have taken advantage of me.
'I couldn't move and I could barely speak let alone say no or fend off my attacker. I willingly went to his home for a drink but I did not at any point agree to sex, that prospect was not in my mind at all.'
West Midlands Police said it hoped Malcolm's sentencing would deter other attacks.
Dc Sarah West, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: 'Rape is rape and there are no excuses, there is no grey area.
'Men need to understand that if a woman says no or is incapable of consenting, for instance through drink or drugs, they are committing a criminal offence.
'I hope today’s sentence will help the woman move on with her life knowing the person responsible is behind bars.'
Radio 4's John Humphrys admits BBC ignored mass immigration fearing it would be branded racist by critics
One of the BBC’s top presenters has admitted that the corporation ignored mass immigration because it feared critics would say it was racist.
Radio 4’s Today interviewer John Humphrys accused his employer of being ‘soft’, ‘complacent’ and ‘institutionally nervous’ when it came to tackling the story or questioning multiculturalism.
And he said that BBC employees are unable to understand the concerns of ordinary people because they typically lead ‘sheltered’ middle-class lives and are overwhelmingly ‘liberal Oxbridge males’.
The criticism, which is the latest in a string of admissions of Left-wing bias by senior BBC figures, comes weeks after the Government accused the Today programme of misrepresenting its spending cuts.
George Osborne hit out at a one of its reports, which said his reforms were ‘utterly terrifying’. The Chancellor said the BBC coverage was ‘nonsense’ and had been ‘hyperbolic’.
Now Humphrys, 71, has told the Sunday Times Magazine that the corporation is facing an ‘existential crisis greater than it’s ever been’ because ‘people, serious, thoughtful people, talk seriously and thoughtfully about the future of the BBC in a way that they haven’t before’.
The veteran presenter admitted that the last Labour government’s controversial immigration policy was not sufficiently ‘interrogated’ by the BBC, saying: ‘The Labour government underestimated by a factor of ten the number of people who were going to move from Poland.’
He said the BBC was ‘frightened of appearing racist’, adding: ‘We were too institutionally nervous of saying, isn’t immigration getting a little bit out of hand? And can we be critical of multiculturalism?
‘We didn’t interrogate immigration rigorously enough. We failed to look at what our job was.’
Humphrys claimed he was partly responsible for the BBC’s ‘complacent’ approach towards immigration, because he failed to challenge Labour’s decision to allow migrants from Poland and Hungary to work in Britain from 2004, and the flawed prediction that only 13,000 would arrive.
After more than a million Eastern European immigrants moved to the UK, senior Labour figures eventually admitted the policy had been a huge mistake.
Humphrys said: ‘I do remember, vaguely, interviews with ministers at the time and saying, “Are you sure that’s all there’ll be?” And when they said “yeah”, accepting it.’
The star went on to say that too many BBC staff were ‘arrogant’ and thought they knew ‘what was best for the country’. He added: ‘It was and still is relentlessly middle class. Unfortunately. There was a predominant voice – the liberal Oxbridge male.’
Tory MP Conor Burns, who sits on the Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: ‘This is a refreshing outbreak of candour, honesty and rare insight from one of the big beasts of the BBC. Their bias has gone unchallenged for too long.’
We were too institutionally nervous of saying, isn't immigration getting out of hand? We didn't interrogate immigration rigorously enough
Humphrys is not the first senior BBC figure to criticise the corporation’s failure to challenge Left-wing assumptions.
This year former Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman accused the BBC of being ‘smug’. He has also said its coverage of climate change ‘abandoned the pretence of impartiality long ago’.
Last year the BBC’s former head of TV news, Roger Mosey, criticised the corporation for shutting out critics of the European Union, saying: ‘On the BBC’s own admission, it did not give enough space to anti-immigration views or EU-withdrawalists.’
And another senior executive, current radio chief Helen Boaden, claimed the BBC had a ‘deep liberal bias’ when she became head of news in 2004.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘John Humphrys was merely echoing other senior BBC figures who have acknowledged that we were slow to reflect changing opinions on immigration. This was a historical issue and we now believe our reporting is in the right place and we cover this complex issue in depth.’
UK: Outrage over taxi firm that sends a white driver out on a jobs if the customer requests it
A taxi company has come under fire for supplying white drivers on request. Privately-run 35 Taxis, based in Hull, claim they are simply responding to requests and are doing nothing wrong.
Hull City Council have agreed that the policy does not run contrary to the conditions of its licence - but a local councillor has slammed those people requesting white drivers, saying it sends out a 'very sad message'.
Taxi firm owner Gary Wilkinson said: 'You cannot stop customers making requests. 'We will try to send a white, British driver, if we are asked, but we do tell our customers we can't always guarantee it.'
Mr Wilkinson insisted his company was not discriminating and said he had 25 drivers of non-white, British origin who all did 'a fantastic job'.
He added: 'I am totally against racism of any kind. I am married to an Arabic woman and our children are mixed-race.
'A customer may have had a bad experience with a coloured driver in the past. 'Maybe they have felt a driver has ripped them off. Some people will then say, "I only want a white British driver".
'It's racist, because these people are not ringing up the next day saying don't send me a white driver if they happen to think a white driver has overcharged them.'
Wayne Harrison, owner of rival firm 50 Taxis, claimed up to one in five of all his customers also demand a white British driver - but he refuses to oblige them.
He said: 'Customers will ring you up and say "Don't send me a..." They'll then use a racist word. 'We don't give them a choice. We will send a car. It's up to them if they get in or not.'
He said he employs 50 drivers, including four or five who are not white British and added: 'They are super workers. 'They just want to earn a living.'
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees because of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.
However, there is no suggestion private-hire companies who respond to customers' requests are breaking the law.
Councillor Rosie Nicola is the Hull City Council's cabinet member for equality and community cohesion. She said: 'I find it really sad that people in Hull are ringing up our taxi companies making these kinds of demands. 'It's a really sad message to be sending out that people aren't happy with someone based simply on the colour of their skin.
'If someone doesn't want to get into a taxi driven by someone with a different skin colour, make them wait in the cold.'
One local lawyer, who did not wish to be named, said: 'This is a very thorny issue - a nest of vipers. 'There may be discriminatory issues under the Equality Act 2010 committed by call operators if they were to offer a job only to a white British driver.'
In October it was revealed that a taxi company in a town tainted by a child sex-grooming gang scandal offers customers white drivers on demand.
Rochdale minicab firm Car 2000 offers the choice after two taxi drivers of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in the sex trafficking and rape of young white girls in the town. The firm, which bought out Eagle Taxis - a company at the centre of the grooming scandal, has revealed that many customers were asking for white or ‘local’ drivers.
It came out amid rising tensions in Rochdale following revelations of gang rapes, grooming and trafficking of white girls at the hands of mainly Asian gangs.
France told to avoid 'secular war' after nativity scene ban sparks uproar
France faced calls to avoid a “war of secularism" after a court banned a nativity scene in a town hall, igniting a nationwide row yesterday.
The court in Nantes ordered regional authorities in the western town of La Roche-sur-Yon to remove the crib from the mayoral entrance hall, following a complaint from the secular campaign group Fédération Nationale de la Libre Pensée.
The council is appealing against the decision, and has received backing from far-Right Front National leader Marine Le Pen, who described it as “stupid and blinkered secularism”.
Bruno Retailleau, the local senator, exclaimed: “Next we’ll be banning epiphany cakes at the Élysée Palace.” He threatened to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.
The Nantes court based its ruling on a 1905 law that enshrines the strict separation of church and state.
Other town halls around France are facing similar decisions. In Melun, south-east of Paris, a nativity scene that has been a regular fixture in the town hall gardens for the past 10 years, may be banned.
In the southwestern town of Béziers, Robert Ménard, the FN-backed mayor, has refused to take down a crib in the town hall in defiance of an order to do so from the local government prefect.
On Monday, he sarcastically remarked: “A Christmas miracle has occurred. I have reconciled the Right and Left as they are both against banning the nativity scene from public plays.”
Manuel Valls, the Socialist prime minister, issued a warning over fomenting religious tensions in the name of strict secularism, saying: “Let’s be careful not to be divided. Are we really going to be split over a nativity scene in public places? It’s not what the French are asking for.”
A poll published in Le Parisien newspaper suggested that 86 per cent of more than 12,000 readers surveyed want to keep nativity scenes in public places.
The controversy comes as the French government is treading carefully so as not to inflame tensions with French Muslims, who have been banned from wearing burqas in public. But critics warned that authorities must not go too far in upholding France’s secular traditions.
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Nicolas Sarkozy’s deputy at the helm of the opposition centre-Right UMP party, said: “There’s no point following up on the wars of religion with the wars of secularism.”
“Ardent defenders of secularism mustn’t become sectarian,” she said, adding that: “The crib is a cultural phenomenon.”
Fellow UMP MP, Nadine Morano, warned: “Secularism must not kill our country, our roots and our traditions.”
France is having trouble keeping sectarian tensions in check.
On Sunday, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister declared the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a “national cause” after the violent robbery of a Jewish couple in a Paris suburb last week.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
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