This took guts for him to say. He has gone the other way on this issue at times, though.
Why the Rochdale 'grooming trial' wasn't about race | Society | The GuardianIn the reporting of the Rochdale "grooming trial" much has been made of the fact that the men were largely Pakistani while the 47 victims – although only seven gave evidence – were all white and working class. The victims were aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the abuse, and police described them as being from "chaotic" and "council estate" backgrounds.
Nazir Afzal, the newly appointed chief crown prosecutor for the North West, who was responsible for bringing the perpetrators to trial, today told the Guardian: "It wasn't their race which defined them, it was their treatment of women." Before adding: "There is no community where women and girls are not vulnerable to sexual attack and that's a fact."