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Paedo Panic

As I half listened to the news on the wireless last night there was some pressure group spokesman insisting that travel bans should be extended not just to convicted kiddy-fiddlers but also to suspected ones, who the police haven't been able to prove guilty of anything yet. Of course he was unchallenged on this and it sounded almost like a sensible bit of crime prevention that would save children, but the sheer totalitarianism of it all made me search for it online to bring to you. I found instead that Spiked had published a whole article that says it better than I could.

Paedophile Imperialism | spiked

...the British political elite and sections of the media clamouring for new laws and restrictions to keep the likes of Glitter under their watchful eye. If his case ‘proves’ anything, it is that the paedophile panic, so passionately indulged by our leaders, is a threat to the sanity of society and to civil liberties, too.

(And on the Glitter hysteria why not invite him back to put on a concert, the Century Range at Bisley would be a suitable venue...)

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How about that nice flat area in front of the Bombard OP on the Plain?

quote:(And on the Glitter hysteria why not invite him back to put on a concert, the Century Range at Bisley would be a suitable venue...)

bags I the bren gun please

Convicted paedo, maybe. But "suspected" as well? Like the guy who took pics of his own kids, in bathing suits, at a public pool?

The article seems to use "paedophile" and "sex offender" interchangeably. I hope (but do not trust) proposals avoid this. In the US an extreme example recently was of a five-year-old boy slapping a female classmate on the bottom; over-reaction eventually involved the police and an arrest for "sexual assault", which record could follow him for years despite never making it to the courts.

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