As much as I hate the tories, I do feel a sense of relief today. I'm afraid that picture of Gerry McCann with Harriet Harman and the Hacked Off campaign, is indelibly fixed in my mind. So too the relationship between Jim Gamble and the Labour Party. Under Labour he was head of CEOP and on course to run CEOP as a separate internet security organisation, with God knows what powers, Theresa May did at least bring a halt to that.
Gamble's present ambition is to set up a team of
During 1999 and 2002, under the last Labour Government, Jim Gamble ran Operation Ore, a government sanctioned investigation launched as a result of a tip off from the US that credit cards were being used to purchase child pornography online. In the UK 4,283 homes were raided, 140 children taken into care and an estimated 39 men committed suicide. As it turned out, the majority of the credit cards had been used fraudulently, but in the UK 1,848 men were charged, whilst in the US (x5 bigger than UK), only 100 were charged.
Being accused of being a paedophile is a slow form of execution, it is something no man (or indeed woman) can ever recover from. The subject is so taboo that it breeds paranoia and fear - everyone is so afraid of being labelled that reasoned, logical debate is impossible. It is much safer to join the crowds baying for blood, and destroy all pictures of your kids having a bath or in their bathing suits, than it is to point out the madness.
There is an assumption that ALL adults see children as sexual beings, and even though it is an assumption that is grotesque and insulting, our society has accepted it as a given. Schools no longer allow parents to film their children in nativity plays and cameras on the beach are obviously tools of the devil. Concerned parents are now calling for lone adults to be banned from parks and play areas and smiling at a baby can get you a punch in the eye. If these ideas were introduced to a primitive tribe, untainted by 'civilisation', they would spend a week laughing, and another, thinking how creepy we are.
Sadly these fears have gripped the UK and have stolen our freedom and our childrens' freedom just as effectively as a government sanctioned coup. We are buying these fears because we love our children and we think we are protecting them. But we are not protecting them, we are making them just as afraid as we are and we are moulding them into a conformist, model army.
We should be teaching our children to be strong resilient adults, not fearful wimps who need a big brother to look after them. Yes, there is a darn good chance they will be called names on line, and come across a number of weirdos, but that's life! If they need a panic button online, then they will also need one when they run down to the shops.
Stop the McCanns' book burning: