Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Is Kenneth Clarke Evil?

It seems that Ed Miliband has once more gone into hyperbole overload. Kenneth Clarke must be immediately sacked, he can longer speak for women apparently, if he ever did. Bear in mind this is the Miliband who claimed AV would be the "triumph of hope over fear". Not prone to exaggeration at all then.

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.”

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.”
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.

The full interview can be heard here.


Gregg said...
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T Bishop Finger said...

Being as he is a committed Europhile, Bilderberg and Club of Rome attendee, useless 'Justice' Minister, and career Politician. I'd say Kenneth Clarke was a traitorous knacker-sack, but not evil. A Revolutionary Tribunal should await him though should the Revolution erupt tomorrow

Gregg said...

A succinct and appropriate response sir. Indeed he should be strung up, it felt slightly odd defending him on this one but eh, even Jack the Ripper would have said or done something worth defending.