Sunday 11 December 2016

Ian O'Doherty: The lessons Europe is learning way too late

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

Anger: A banner with flowers placed on the steps to the Cologne Cathedral this week in English and Arabic.
Anger: A banner with flowers placed on the steps to the Cologne Cathedral this week in English and Arabic.
Mock outrage: Labour party advert.

There's an old saying in American politics that the cover up will kill you quicker than the crime. In other words, virtually nothing you can do is worse than the sin of frantically trying to hide the evidence - and the aftermath of the mass sex attacks in Cologne on New Year's Eve certainly proves that old adage.

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As we now know, over 500 separate complaints of sexual assault have been reported after scenes of mob violence around the train station in that old city.

Such an unprecedented outbreak of mass, coordinated sexual assaults would normally be immediate front page news. And if the perpetrators had been white or European, it would have been.

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