Saturday, 5 July 2014

Did Rolf Harris Really Deserve Five Years?

Rolf Harris and kangaroo
Rolf Harris has been sent down for five years and nine months.  He is eighty-four years old. 

Many women will be thinking that if only they had been groped by Rolf instead of every other man on the Tube, in the office – they might have had some comeback.

As for the age of the victims.  The Rolling Stones “Stray Cat Blues” is an enlightening attitude to underage sex.  Well done Sir Mick Jagger!  Major luvvie favourite John Peel was not averse to the younger woman.

Put simply – there are many men, famous or not, who are as guilty as Rolf if not more so.  They will be free this morning and should celebrate their good fortune.

After spending millions on the Yewtree investigation and suffering some high profile prosecution failures the police badly needed a result with the Rolf trial.  They got their man.  His sentence will achieve nothing, help no-one but now the public have a hate figure.

We need our pound of flesh.  We were thwarted over Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith because they died before we could get to them.  Now we can put Rolf Harris in the stocks and if only we had hanging – or even better stoning – to deal with these vile people.

The verdict is a perfect distraction with some excellent timing.

On the same day – a personal friend of the Prime Minister and Rupert Murdoch – was also sent to prison.  Andy Coulson, found responsible for sanctioning crimes such as hacking into a dead girls mobile, has been given a shorter prison stay.  Rebekah Brooks – another personal friend of the PM – was found not guilty. 

Ticking away in the background it appears that Leon Britten and the Home Office managed to ‘lose’ a dossier containing details of a paedophile network in Parliament.   Cameron does not want an inquiry into any of that business.

But don’t look over there.  Look instead at Rolf Harris, 84 years old, ‘vile pervert’ being carted off to die in prison.

Others Go Free

If Rolf is guilty and deserves this sentence then one wonders about these other cases.

The top Liberal who has been accused by many women of being a serial groper.  No prosecution yet.  This is not a historical case.

The Tory who regularly abused male researchers including at least one reported rape and who was found not guilty in a recent trial.

Two Coronation Street actors - both found not guilty.

Dave Lee Travis - who appears to have been free with his hands - also found not guilty.

What about the biographies written by famous people (Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc.) that openly brag of such goings on - and the support shown by establishment celebrities for Roman Polanski and his notorious case?

Update on Rolf Harris at Bullingdon Prison

The disapproving headline from the Mail or wherever reads "Rolf Ingratiates Himself By Drawing Cartoons".

It seems that prisoners are asking Rolf to do cartoon portraits of themselves or their families.  He is obliging them.  If I were a prisoner and Rolf did me a drawing I would be pretty pleased.

Some people are obviously not ALL bad and in my opinion Rolf Harris is one of them.  Cartoon on Rolf.