Whoever coined the phrase “ignorance is bliss” was obviously talking bollocks, judging by the folk fuming over what they thought Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said about rape.
I admit letting out a few laughs over the mention of him talking about “serious rape”—was there a ‘joke rape’ category I hadn’t heard about?
Even more hilarious was his reported proposal to halve the sentences of confessed rapists, meaning that non-“serious rapists” would be out on the streets in as little as a quarter-decade.
Nevertheless, all became clear when I glanced at the transcript of what he actually said in that now-notorious radio interview:
Clarke: Serious rape, I don’t think many judges give five years for a forcible rape, the tariff is longer than that. And a serious rape where, you know, violence and an unwilling woman, the tariff’s much longer than that. Secondly, half way through they are released but they are released on licence so they’re still supervised. They can be recalled if they do anything wrong on licence – all this ‘they’re let out after half the time’ which is… really right I didn’t introduce that but that’s where we are, but it is subject to licence and subject to recall. So they are the idea is at that stage you’re trying to stop them doing it again and eventually they will finish the sentence and they’re let out.
Derbyshire: If I had been raped why would I be encouraged to go to the police when I know full well that the rapist could get just over a year in jail. Why would I put myself through the trauma, the examinations, the hell of it, when he might be out in 15 months?
Clarke: Well, I must stop you repeating this total nonsense…assuming you and I are talking about rape in the ordinary conversational sense. Some man has forcefully, with a bit of violence.
Derbyshire: Rape is rape, with respect.
Clarke: No it’s not, and if an 18-year-old has sex with a 15-year-old and she’s perfectly willing, that is rape. That’s ’cause she’s underage, can’t consent. Anybody has sex with a 15-year-old, it’s rape. So what you and I are talking about, we’re talking about a man forcibly having sex with a woman and she doesn’t want to. That is rape. Serious crime, of course it’s a serious crime. And I’m very glad that people do now got to the police and report it. There used to be a taboo against it, in a crazy way.
It becomes clear, upon deciphering his unwieldy gabble, that he’s working off the bureaucratic makework definition of “rape” when talking about non-“serious” cases; in other words, the consensual crime of ‘statutory rape’ (or, in Slave Britannia, ‘unlawful sexual intercourse’), created for parents uncomfy with the thought of their little princesses sampling—and liking—cock of the non-poultry variety.
But what of Clarke’s so-called downplaying of “date rape” that had Labour leader Ed Milliband calling for his sacking?
Turns out that was a case of Personal Dictionary in action, folks!
Clarke: That includes date rape, 17-year-olds having intercourse with 15-year-olds.
Once again, statutory “rape”: the by-product of Daddy’s Little Girl Syndrome.
So much for the bliss of ignorance; looks like knowledge blows it out of the water, in this case.
Research, reprobates: research; perception, not Pavlovianism, wins the day!
All that said, reading through that mess of an interview, it’s obvious Kenny Boy needs a better PR manager!
See, if they’d just sacked the taxpayer-swindling, expenses-claiming cunt a coupla years back, all this bollocks could’ve been avoided.
I’ve never agreed with the thought of declaring perfectly consensual sex under a specific age a crime. There is no rational way that a law can consistently judge who is and who isn’t able to consent. That is up to the individual to decide. Furthermore, it is quite contradictory for the system to put age limits on one’s sexuality, while making education in schools that act as though they were prisons compulsory. In schools, coersion of the individual is mind rape.
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The ‘age of consent’ business is a manufactured problem, created by liberalism. Before the age of the Left there was literally no thought in human history of an ‘age of consent’. People recognized rapists and sleazy men, but no one denied that a 13yo could ‘give consent’ or that a 15 year old could marry a man 3x her age.
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