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That great parliamentarian Keith Vaz, who, as Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee seeks to maintain moral standards in British public life, has been speaking out on a great moral issue: female genital mutilation – or FGM – in Britain.

Mr Vaz said: "FGM is an ongoing national scandal which is likely to have resulted in the preventable mutilation of thousands of girls to whom the state owed a duty of care."

We can all agree that FGM is barbaric and certainly should not be happening in 21st century Britain. But who is to blame?


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