The way FGM statistics are recorded by NHS Digital do not help to clarify the situation.Or, to translate: "The NHS is so utterly shit at recording stuff, no-one has any chance of finding out the real truth without a lot of work'."
Still, the 'Guardian' has fearlessly put in the work to .... wait, no, it's the 'Daily Mail':
The figures are divided into four types, with further divisions, ranging from the removal of the clitoris to the narrowing of the vaginal opening. They also include women who have had genital piercings rather than any cutting.Well, most cases of FGM will be cropping up in Essex then! Nor is this a surprise, because wasn't it foretold in The Great Book..?
The term ‘newly recorded’ is used, suggesting these are recent procedures, but the figures include historic cases of women from overseas who have had their details noted for the first time and may have had FGM years earlier.A likelihood I've pointed out time and again in blogs and on Twitter, to the 'Won't someone think of the chiiiildreeeen!' crackpots.
Indeed, of the 5,391 ‘newly recorded’ cases last year, only 112 involved women and girls born in the UK. Only 57 cases involved FGM undertaken in the UK and around 50 of those were genital piercings.Which leaves seven cases. Seven!
The remaining seven cases did not involve cutting and there is no indication that they refer to children.Which leaves a number closer to zero. So why in heaven's name, at a time when we've just had a bomb on the London transport system, are we sending coppers to St Pancras to quiz visitors about it?
Because of the 'Something must be done!' crowd, of course.