have received some feedback about how Jack Straw responded to the Judical Review victory:
As you know the BBFC got stuffed on the judicial review. This has really set the cat
amongst the pigeons and I fear it may have sent that poor man Mr. Straw totally over the
edge. Word filtering down, is that Straw is apoplectic, foaming at the mouth, chewing the
carpet and in need of restraint and medication. But seriously...the news is that having
been beaten in every legal challenge re the R18 matter the establishment is now resorting
to time honoured behaviour... if other people play by the rules and beat you...well,
change the rules! Straw is of a mind to tack an amendment on to the upcoming Sexual
Offences bill, to the effect that the R18 category would simply cease to exist.
Prosecutions re "hardcore" material would no longer fall under the Video
Recordings Act (or even the OPA) but under the new Sexual offences bill. Based on the
assumption (despite the fact that there is no proof, but hey why let a little thing like
standards of evidence get in your way) that such material causes harm to children
suppliers would then face a possible prison sentence and (as we are now talking sex
offences) they would also have to sign the SEXUAL OFFENDERS REGISTER!! The strongest
allowable material would be "18" standard.
Its hard to believe, but thats the line of thought being pursued by the Home
Office/BBFC. What can you say...they are absolutely and completely barking fucking mental,
in a saner society we would laugh them out of office but sadly we live in sad, retarded,
oppressive Olde Englande and these lunatics have power over our lives! I feel in my water
that a beleagured and really crap Labour Party that is deservedly adrift in the polls
would be strangely attracted to a WAR ON VILE PORN MERCHANTS in the hope of recapturing
its fair weather friends in the right wing press...can you imagine how much the Daily Mail
would love a morality campaign.
There are other implications. I guess for example that all existing R18 product would
have to removed from the shops...and if you say that children can be harmed by
pornographic videos, then they could equally be harmed by pornographic magazines...so I
guess that's the game up for magazine publishers as well!
Finally would Mad Jacks ideas stand up to EU Human Rights legislation...is prison and
social ignominy proportionate to the offence of flogging a bit of harmless, jolly smut...I
think not, is the offence clearly defined (the BBFC currently believes for example that a
cock in a mouth is obscene but an arse freshly sprayed with spunk is not...Can you explain
that one, I can't) and backed up with proof...no. Some comfort there then...except that my
recent experience of the BBFC/HOME OFFICE is that little things like the law, justice and
common sense don't really come into the equation....