Gary Glitter Back in the UK

I know I know. I’m going on about how much of a story Gary Glitter’s return to the UK is not, but keep posting about it myself. Well it’s important, because already the British criminal ‘justice’ system is colluding formally with the worst tabloids and the worst of British society in a completely unacceptable fashion.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said Glitter will be monitored by the authorities and that her “top priority” is to ensure children’s safety.

She said: “I’m confident that we can protect children here and that is my top priority – the protection of children, not of offenders.”

This woman is a real monster, with a complete inability to grasp reality, or show fairness where it’s due. Paul Gadd, whether or not he was guilty of the crime he was jailed for in Vietnam, has done his time. Her comments quite blatantly legitimise further intrusions or violence against him. He’s not worthy of protection? That’s quite unacceptable for someone in her position to say – it’s fundamentally unjust; she would really tar all offenders’ feathers with this same brush? Ghastly. Matthew Norman in the Independent writes:

Some of you may share the apparent belief of The Sun and The Daily Mirror that this is a noble ambition; that a man with convictions for downloading child pornography here and having sex with underage girls in the Far East has forfeited the right to life, as Margaret Thatcher once memorably declared of IRA terrorists.

The vast majority, I hope and pray, will cleave to the quaint old belief that, however repugnant the offence, once released from prison the offender is as entitled to live in peace in this country, without newspapers and radio phone-ins encouraging their audiences to garrote or ignite him.

And yet it isn’t a belief shared by this Home Secretary, but this should not come as a surprise. After all it was she who had to be threatened by the European Commission, EU Parliament, House of Lords and other institutions, into not sending gay asylum seeker Mehdi Kazemi back to a probable death in Iran. It also shouldn’t be a surprise from a government which believes in political policing, and detaining people without charge for 42 days when no need has been demonstrated for it by anyone. She couldn’t be more wrong; Paul Gadd, whatever the truth of his crimes, remains worthy of protection because he’s a fellow human being.

And Jeremy Sare adds:

Timing further announcements around the time of Gadd’s release has reinforced the public’s false view that most sex offenders are strangers and predators. All child protection charities agree that at least 80% of offenders are known to the victim and very often are family members. For parents, grandparents and guardians, protection of our children ranks highest of our priorities. To play these political games is pretty shameful.

You bet it’s shameful. And Carol Sarler in the Times adds another dimension to the damage which Jacqui Smith and her tabloid buddies are wilfully causing:

We already have 30,000 people on the sex offenders register; people who paid the decreed price for their offence and now will spend the rest of their lives paying again. This sounds as titillatingly vast a number as it is meant to sound – although closer scrutiny shows that it certainly does not mean 30,000 icons of unparalleled evil are out on the loose; among those whose details are kept and lives monitored for ever, a great many are included for nothing more dreadful than slightly under-age, consensual sex. But never mind. Keep the figure high and the hysteria higher still.

It takes a brave person in the current climate to break apart the concept of ‘sex offender’ into something a bit more meaningful. Yes there are truly dangerous people, but their numbers (as Boris Johnson alludes to in my previous post) are made out to be higher than they actually are through this amalgamation of all ‘sexual’ offences under the ‘sex offender’ banner. It remains to be seen whether or not the gutter media which encourages this will yet win the day:

Gary Glitter arrived back in Britain today – grinning arrogantly as he was surrounded by police.

He was immediately taken to a private room in Heathrow Airport where he was questioned by immigration officers and police.

The paedophile landed at the airport after a 10-hour flight from Bangkok, ending a bizarre week-long hunt for a country which would take him, including a series of shuttle flights around south-east Asia.

Armed officers were due to escort the convicted child abuser to a police station to sign the sex offenders register.

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2 responses to “Gary Glitter Back in the UK

  1. leave gary/paul alone……why do we not expose real child sex offenders….why did sarah die? why can the press and media haunt for the sake of a story and incite a witch hunt…..i dont think gary/paul is guilty of all accusations…….how can a country that will allow child prositutes to work at the age of 12 even contemplate such arrogance, why are they not sorting out their own back yard….no child should be subject to abuse of course not…….but people who pick and choose morals need to self read…

  2. He may be guilty of the crimes he was jailed for in Vietnam. He may be guilty of the crimes he was alleged to have committed in Cambodia. Those things aren’t the point. The point is that this government doesn’t have the right (as you say) to try to kick off a witch hunt, which would engulf not just a man who has done his time, but numerous other vulnerable people as well. This eagerness to suggest that everyone on the sex offenders register is ‘like Glitter’ (who remember isn’t apparently worthy of protection) puts people who aren’t a threat to anyone in harm’s way. If he’s offended the British legal system then that’s up to them to resolve and find a way to monitor him effectively, but politicians, particularly smug populists like Jacqui Smith, really do need to learn when to shut the hell up and stop playing games with people’s lives.

    We ought to remember as well of course that Jacqui Smith truly is unconcerned about protecting offenders.

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