National Stereotypes

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.

3 Responses

  1. Counsel of perfection, Rob.

    I suspect there are many powerful people who are guilty of serious abuse and also hiding it. Whilst they themselves hide in the shadows directing the prosecution of the unlucky few they can stir up witch-hunts because they have power to control the police and the media.

    The unlucky are prosecuted just because they are/were entertainers (JS, GG, RH etc). Has-beens or dead has-been entertainers have little value to the great and the good but they are perfect scapegoats.

    Politicians, police chiefs, bankers etc are left alone because they have ‘real’ power.

    Entertainers who may have committed fairly minor offences are given exceptional media coverage so as to make it appear that justice is being done. But its just a smoke screen.

    The intention of those in the shadows (KC, LB, CS etc) is to spotlight others and just to give the appearance of all this abuse being stopped and punished.

    • Manners change. What was acceptable thirty years ago in that a blind eye was turned is now unacceptable. New bad manners pass unnoticed.

  2. The top echelons and rear admirals are simply never going to investigate themselves Rob, that is how their cookies have always crumble, chewed swallowed and digested, their mastication’s and saliva will continue, a feeding frenzy, one that was arranged to fill all their theatres of filth for a kind of security that simply cannot be broken into, or out of.

    The Royals are now also slowly being taken out of the equasion, in order of the one world government to fill their void.

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