Sunday, 25 July 2010

When The Going Gets Tough...

...the tough - it seems - quietly fold their tents and slip away:
Coalition plans to give anonymity to men accused of rape are to be abandoned in a significant policy U-turn, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

Their first real test, and they bottled it:
The controversial pledge to "extend anonymity in rape cases to defendants" was a surprise inclusion in the power-sharing agreement binding the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats together after the general election.

It faced an immediate storm of protest from MPs across all main parties including Harriet Harman, the acting Labour leader.
So what? That's like saying that you refused to deliver life-saving medication to a critical patient beccause, as you got near her, a teacup chihuahua popped its head out of her handbag and bared its tiny, mouse-like teeth!

How the hell are the coalition supposed to 'take the unwelcome decisions' if they cut and run from this sort of thing?
David Cameron hinted last month that the plan, based on a Lib Dem policy of shielding a defendant's name until conviction, could be watered down.
'Watered down' = 'dropped' in ConDem speak, it seems.
Now it has emerged that ministers will not change the law to ban the identification of men accused of rape at any stage in the legal process.

Crispin Blunt, the justice minister, told MPs that the government wanted to find a "non-statutory solution".

Instead of a legal ban, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) sources suggested that one way forward would be a voluntary agreement among newspaper publishers and website chiefs that those charged with rape should not have their identities revealed until they were charged – backed by a beefed-up role for the Press Complaints Commission.
Oh. Well, that'll work well, I'm sure...


Dippyness. said...

Nice to know they bottle so easily....

Angry Exile said...

Snap. Just blogging this myself and came here for a fake rape case count.

JuliaM said...

"Nice to know they bottle so easily...."

We can't say we're too surprised though. Can we?

"Just blogging this myself and came here for a fake rape case count."

I should install one of those counters!

Squander Two said...

"Website chiefs"? Whoever came up with that one hasn't met the Internet, have they? They think there are a dozen or so websites, run by chiefs, just like newspapers. I wonder if they're even planning to invite all the website chiefs round to discuss the plans?