It’s been a bumper week for those in the public eye TALKING BOLLOCKS!
First I heard that Respect MP George Galloway had blundered around like a bull in a china shop on the subject of rape and said that having sex with a sleeping woman was “not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it“.
Hmmmmm………I’m not sure I’d considered this question before but it’s pretty insensitive. Rape, like race and illegal drug use, is a taboo subject which politicians mention at their peril.
The liberal intelligentsia were quick to jump on Mr. Galloway. On BBC Radio 4’s PM program a criminal barrister named Felicity Gerry was interviewed. She was very clear in her opinion which I have been unable to find on the web and so must quote from memory. When pressed for a definition of rape she said something along the lines that it was “anyone putting anything where someone else didn’t want it” and gave the obvious examples of a penis in a vagina as well as a pencil in someone’s ear!
I kid you not! I heard this almost verbatim on the wireless. The really strange thing is that no other pocket bureaucrat thought it necessary to come on the radio and condemn such idiotic remarks. Imagine if Mr. Galloway had said this?
The interviewer suggested that the law could have different levels of rape and that not all were identically serious and gave the example of murder and manslaughter but Ms. Gerry was adamant: “Rape is rape”. The idea that “rape is rape” is, of course, bollocks as it puts a 16 year old boy who has sex with his 15 year old girlfriend in the same category as a psychopath who has raped multiple women at knifepoint. “Rape is rape” she kept repeating unaware that she was talking as much bollocks as George Galloway.
Then we had a barmy American politician wade into the argument. In an interview with a TV station Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Missouri, was expressing his opposition to the right to abortion for women who had been raped and, in an attempt at justification, said: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare……If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Woah!!!! This is strange stuff. First he implies that some rapes are not “legitimate” then throws in some weird science he must have read on some Christian Alien blog.
Remember that TV show Kids Say the Funniest Things? How about a new show where the we round up a lot of politicians and ask them questions. They could call it Politicians Talk The Most Bollocks – No, wait, they do it already only it’s called Prime Ministers Questions.