No sooner was the waffle out of Hushpuppies' stupid mouth than a fucking army of 'victims', relatives of victims, friends of victims and the sort of faux-charidees that hover around anybody who might ever consider themselves a victim poured from the woodwork.
Clarke was condemned by all and sundry, partly because it seems a substantial part of the commentariat feel that unless you've actually been raped - ideally recently and repeatedly - you can have absolutely no understanding of "what it's like" and therefore - in a typically wrongheaded leap of logic - have no fucking opinion on the subject whatsoever.
Don't misunderstand, CF still ain’t no Coalition fan , and certainly has very little time for ol' Kenny. He manages to be both an old-school Tory and have a number of fuckwitted ideas on "Europe" - a revolting combination.
And a man of his age and weight really ought to be able to go out on the media and say what he wants to fucking well say without being reduced to a mumbling imbecility by a DeeJay and a 'caller from London' .But this shouldn't be about him.
One of the original reasons he got onto his hind legs was to float the concept of 'plea bargaining'. The idea that, if a rapist pleads guilty immediately - obviously in exchange for some inducement - then the rape victim is spared the ordeal of having their character, behaviour and even wardrobe analysed and attacked in court: an ordeal in itself. CF guesses many victims would be very, very glad to avoid their day in court.
Obviously - duh - the rapist has got to be offered something in exchange for this. What can you offer someone who's probably going to prison anyway? Perfect - the threat of a longer sentence if they don't play ball, and a comparatively shorter one if they do.
Perhaps this is a reasonable idea - perhaps we should discuss that, eh?
No, fuck it, lets not. Let's attack the old, plummy, white man. Let's bash the Tory. Let's see - in a piece of fucking blatant political opportunism - if we can get a Cabinet Minister fired. That's what important. Dear God.
This could have been a sensible discussion about a 'tweak' to the system to improve things for the victims. To prevent young women being told by defence lawyers that really they were "asking for it", weren't they? To perhaps increase the number reported rapes, given that reporting it wouldn't necessarily get you into a courtroom to face your attacker all over again.
But the 'victims' representatives have killed that stone dead, haven't they? Thanks to the knee-jerkers, that’s not gonna happen, is it? For fuck's sake.