Ed Miliband

Back in March I said in this blog that Ed Miliband had lost all credibility as a serious politician by addressing the anti-cuts rally which deteriorated into a riot. Last Wednesday at PMQs he did it again.

On the radio that morning, Ken Clark had been trying to explain why different sentences are passed following rape convictions. He made the entirely sensible point that there is a difference between for example a violent rape by a stranger and other examples of the offence with less, or no, violence. Unfortunately the word “serious” slipped in, and the standard politically correct BBC host began to insist that “rape is rape”.

The fact is that with rape, as with many other offences, there is what is known as a tariff. The entry point is 5 years imprisonment. Then a series of aggravating factors are set out which would justify a longer sentence, and mitigating factors which would lead to a lesser sentence. The judge’s role is to consider all the facts, and impose the appropriate term.

It may be that Ken could have explained this more clearly. But he did not, at any stage, suggest that rape is not a serious offence. Miliband, with the usual claque of mindless left-liberals in support, asked David Cameron to sack him. Cameron thankfully has more sense than that. The person in this incident who deserves the most opprobrium is Ed Miliband, who has turned an extremely senstive issue into a political football, rather than engaging in a  grown-up discussion abuot whether the present tariff is right, and whether the aggravating or mitigating factors should be changed.

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4 responses to “Ed Miliband

  1. Closer to home: How about a comment on SCC’s parking proposals?

  2. I guess you’d want to revise this opinion given that Miliband has crushed Cameron’s credibility and integrity overthe phone hacking scandal.

    Talking of credibility – how is it that the Tory readmitted Stuart Macleod 12 months earlier than his original suspension? Was this a popular decision with the female Tory councillors?

    • jamesbrowne

      You must have been watching a very different Question Time to the one I saw, where Cameron came across as a statesman and Miliband, yet again, as a lightweight. Miliband was at Murdoch’s summer party this year and was one of the last to leave. A soon as he saw that his poltical advantage lay in trashing the man whose booze he was happily drinking a few weeks before, he made that leap. If those are the characteristics of a principled politician then I am a Dutchman.

      Stuart McLeod is not an Elmbridge politician and as I have no knowledge of the facts I have no comment to make.

  3. Hector

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13971770
    I think this interview sums up Milliband’s ability as a politician quite nicely.

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