After years of silence, the British establishment has finally acknowledged the 'national scandal' of female genital mutilation (or FGM, as it is called by those in the know), which has been practiced on up to 170,000 women and girls in the UK, and 140 million worldwide.

In a new report, the Home Affairs Committee has blamed ministers, police and other agencies for doing too little to prevent the mutilation of thousands of victims, out of a "misplaced concern for cultural sensitivities".

That's one way of putting it. Not wanting to be branded a racist is another. Such is the climate of fear surrounding all issues of race in Britain today, that a blind eye is turned to practices like FGM (which has been illegal since 1985), because no one wants to fall foul of the morality police. Or the real police, for that matter.

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