Viper Squad Ten

[ Thursday, April 12, 2007 ]

Starbuck [18:20] Comments: 3 []
How depressingly predictable.

According to the heavily weighted interpretation of their latest survey, 99% of readers of that bastion of journalistic reason and veracity are demanding the nationwide rollout of "Sarah's Law" 'to protect children from sex beasts'.

I'm not one of those intellectual snobs who subscribes to the belief that all Sun readers are stupid, suggestible, reactionary idiots, however you just need to look at the Sun's messageboards on this topic to see some very wrongheaded views being thrown about. It's the paediatricians that I feel sorry for.

Vigilantism isn't the same as vigilance. Notwithstanding the agreement amongst child protection agencies that this would be harmful to children in that it would drive sex offenders into hiding.

Facts and sense won't stand in the way of the Sun and the Mail's unhealthy "populist" obsession with this. It's as if they're quoting chapter and verse from the BrassEye Paedophilia Special... "Why is it that we can no longer think of the British Isles, without the word paedoph in front of them? The British Paedoph-isles". Utter scaremongering nonse-sense.

I was gobsmacked when I first heard that the government were planing on running the pilot scheme a few days earlier than seeing the Sun piece.

I mean, for fucks sake, why the hell would you want to know as a parent how many offenders there are in your area? What are you going to do with the knowledge except worry? The gnawing anxiety would eat into every waking hour. Not good. "Well, you don't have to find out" you might say. But lets face it, you're not going to be able to stop those in your neighbourhood making sure that everyone knows it - expect maps in your local papers displaying local "perv densities". And from there you'll get some neanderthal thug feeling "let down by the government" will take the law into his own hands and start burning down houses of those they suspect don't "fit in".

A conspiracy theorist would say its just another controlling tool to up the anxiety ante. I think its just pandering to the lowest common denominator - easy point-scoring, and lazy politics.

3 Comment(s):

Comment by Blogger birdychirp, at April 13, 2007 4:42 pm  :

Couldn't agree more. Plus - this presumably is about awareness of convicted sex offenders and all those who are never convicted will not be targetted.


Comment by Anonymous Sensei, at April 16, 2007 2:00 pm  :

You're not wrong on several things. It's an act of desperation on the part of Labour to attract as many 'impressionables' for the next election.

Hence my agreement on your Sun comment at the top of this post!

Comment by Blogger Starbuck, at April 16, 2007 7:40 pm  :

And of course the majority of child abusers are people known to the victim rather than the "weird guy at the end of the road".

Post your own Comment

[ Click HERE for the VSX front-page... ]

[ Previous Posts ]

Life On Mars final episode [NO SPOILERS]
Alright Sunshine
The Meaning of Life
Doctor Who new series - Vote Saxon
Dreaming in digital*
Castaway 2007
The Root of All Emptiness?
A Den of Iniquity
Dream Theatre
Starbuck's 29 most interesting photos according to...

[ Full Archives ]

[ Photowankery ]
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from Starbuck Powersurge. Make your own badge here.