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Legislating on morality


Three years in prison for just looking!

It is only during rare moments that I wander into The Guardian’s Comment is Free section, but today there is a real debate going on over NuLabour’s propensity to legislate over how we think and behave. This time they want to send us to prison for three years just for looking at “extreme” pornographic images!

What is extreme? Well that’s a question that only the Director of Public Prosecutions will be able to answer, so we will end up with an army of jobsworths working in a government department deciding what you can or cannot look at! It is time for Great Britain to reawaken it’s libertarian spirit and tell Labour’s thought police where they can stick this bill (and allow someone to take a picture.)

The new offence is included in section 94 of The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill;


An “extreme image” is an image of any of the following—



an act which threatens or appears to threaten a person’s life,



an act which results in or appears to result (or be likely to result) in


serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals,



an act which involves or appears to involve sexual interference with a


human corpse,



a person performing or appearing to perform an act of intercourse or


oral sex with an animal,


where (in each case) any such act, person or animal depicted in the image is or


appears to be real.

I guess that just about rules out any pictures taken in war zones, graphic images of firing squads, hangings, executions, or even some road accidents! Besides where is the evidence that looking at porn results in an uncivilised criminal society? Making the Kama Sutra or Lady Chatterley’s Lover more widely available hardly sparked a rush of sex crimes! Perhaps the people who kindly censor films for the BBFC on our behalf will turn into monstrous predators, unless we fail to protect them with this stupidly written and virtually impossible to police piece of legislation. Then there are the small army of murderers documented as bible carrying religious zealots to consider, perhaps we should consider banning the insidious book to satisfy NuLabour’s soul – I think not!

These idiots seriously think that the heavy hand of the law can change how people think, how people perceive, how people can make their own judgements, or how people can imagine, without the “help” of the state!

Jackanapes in the comments section sums up my attitude nicely;

Dear Government,

stop telling me what I can put into my body, how I may or may not intoxicate myself (and with what), what I may or may not choose to do with another consenting adult and what I may or may not view which involves other consenting adults voluntarily doing things to each other. Get the hell off my back, out of my face, out of my bedroom, out of my pub, out of my computer and understand that if you do not and you keep pushing it, the UK is a f*****g revolution waiting to happen.

Got that, you self-righteous, prudish, irrational, interfering damned creeps?