- Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:38 am
She has shown herself to be rather green about the political gills and has shone the spotlight on Broad Street rather than addressed the original question which, it is reported, was, "eh, eh, what about all them muzzie rapefugeess?"
Let's just set to one side the fact that there wasn't a journalist within a country mile of the Cologne Dom on New Year's Eve and that the cops were so short-handed that the head of that evening's operation team requested back up but was refused, and that that all adds up to the ethnic profile of the attackers being nothing more than speculation.
Let's also overlook the inconvenience of there being only one asylum seeker, an Algerian, officially facing charges. Let's also not address that it is difficult to tell a Turk from a Tunisian from a Portuguese from a recently-returned snowboarder on a moonless winter's night.
We have to ignore all of this if we are to parrot the professional bigots' line that the muzzies done it.
True, Germany languishes only mid-table in the Eurorape league but that doesn't mean that there was no problem before this crisis started.
The fact is, Germany does have a sexual assault problem, it does have a culture of repressed masculinity and it does like a beer or three. Another fact is that there is no public debate about that because white men getting pissed and groping birds' tits is what they do. There is no news value in it.
In that sense, there are very real parallels with these British centres of the night-time economy. To take the number of incidents in Cologne on that night and then to compare them with, as is being done, a year's stats for Brum, is to miss the point spectacularly, as each individual victim will doubtless agree.
This is about men of every hue and strip behaving badly and there being a culture of resignation towards that. That is, I believe, the point that Phillips was struggling to make.