There are some national stereotypes. Like all generalisations the concept of a national stereotype is inaccurate when it comes to describing characteristics of a particular nationality, but there is a tiny amount of truth in some of these national characteristics, even if it is only a scintilla of truth.
For example we can characterise Nigerians as fraudulent, Greeks as tax evaders, Scots as miserly, Americans as gun crazy and Russians as alcoholics. These are unkind and untrue as stereotypes. I do not write about kind national stereotypes; no one objects to those even though they are as inaccurate as unkind stereotypes.
If we were to characterise English people unkindly what would we call them?
Perhaps there is an argument to stereotype the English as child abusers. Every month we learn about systematic abuses of children that happened years ago and which only now come to light. Every excuse has been used to justify the failure to prosecute child abusers, from the abuser’s good charity work, his entertainment value and now the latest reason used to cover up abuse is the Official Secrets Act.
Child abuse is hard to investigate. It must emotionally drain the investigators dreadfully because of what they see, hear and learn. The investigator must be cautious not to give false accusations which can ruin a life any credence, but must also try to bring child abusers to justice. Sometimes investigators will fail, for a variety of good reasons, but to have these investigators prevented from bringing their enquiries to fruition and seeing justice done for no good reason is a form of abuse of the investigators as well as a stain upon our society.
I do understand that not every allegation of child abuse will be true, but a careful, discrete and thorough investigation is what society expects in these cases, and if sufficient evidence is found to warrant a prosecution, then a prosecution should be launched. It is the best way to protect children who otherwise will have their childhoods stolen from them.