I have no time for Clarke, the man is a clown. But is he really an evil monster who wants to go soft on rapists? Here's what seemed to cause the furore when he was interviewed on BBC5Live:
The presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, interjected: “Rape is rape.”Should that 18 year old receive the same sentence as a man who breaks into the home of a stranger in the middle of the night and rapes her at knifepoint? I would suggest not. I would further suggest that a reasoned and mature debate about the clumsy words of Kenneth Clarke could be very useful, but yet again Miliband seems incapable of being calm and collected when he sees the opportunity for a cheap political shot.
But Mr Clarke replied: “No It’s not.
“If an 18-year-old has sex with a 15-year-old and she is perfectly willing that is rape, because she is under age, she can’t consent, anybody who has sex with a 15 year old it’s rape.
“But what you and I are talking about is a man forcefully having sex with a woman and she doesn’t want to, that is rape, a serious crime, of course it’s a serious crime.”
The full interview can be heard here.