Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Shock Horror! The ‘Guardian’ Finds A Crim Who Doesn’t Deserve A Second Chance!

Holly Baxter on rehabilitation:
The 25-year-old sportsman was convicted of rape in April 2012, jailed for five years and is due to rejoin society in October. According to the official supporters’ club at Sheffield, he will be greeted with the opportunity to take up his old job on release.
Which the 'Guardian' should champion, right?
But a petition against his re-employment has thrown a spanner in the works, quickly going viral and gaining coverage across national media. More than 60,000 people have signed it.
Well, I bet they won't be happy about that! It must be those dastardly right-wingers, eh, always finding new ways to torment poor ex-cons?
Evans isn’t merely returning to gainful employment when he waltzes back to take up his previous position at Sheffield United, he is regaining serious status.
Well, he's going to be a footballer. I rather thought the progressives looked down on such rude pursuits and were scornful of those who elevated them to such 'status'?
Like the music industry, however, the football world has become a bit too big for someone to creep back in unnoticed. When Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, stickers started appearing on his albums in HMV that said, “Warning: do not buy this album. This man beats women.” The message was clear: we no longer accept blind veneration in a powerful, influential sphere of someone who has shown such blatant disregard for another person.
No, I think the message is 'Some people have far too much time on their hands', actually. And I'm willing to bet sales of the items weren't affected much.
It was not a call to permanently exclude Brown from society or employment. Instead, it was recognition that if this world seamlessly assimilates perpetrators of domestic violence, then something has gone horribly wrong.
But don't you believe in rehabilitation?
I believe in rehabilitation and second chances …
Well, then..?
Being a footballer for Sheffield United, however talented one may be, is not a right. It is a prestigious and prominent position in a disproportionately celebrated field. Evans – a man who has never even acknowledged that he raped his victim – surely doesn’t deserve to return to this honour with minimal fuss. At the very least, an acknowledgement that violence against women means something to the world of football is desperately needed before putting him back on the pitch. Pretending that he never committed a crime just isn’t good enough.
Who is pretending that?

And...if he'd been a plumber, would there have been such an outcry?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

...says The Guardian - which employs a convicted murderer, Erwin James.

Anonymous said...

I read this story as well in the Gruniad. I wonder if they realise just how hypocritical they really are? Whatever we think of Ched Evans he has served his sentence and is entitled to work again.His work just happens to be football.The tax alone on his wages will keep many a lefty in pointless employment.
In another article they are defending the right of terrorists to come back to the UK after fighting in Iraq and Syria.I wonder if they need "rehabilitation".
Jaded.

DJ said...

Guardian World: where welfare, a free house and a British passport are all rights, but a job in the private sector is a privilege.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, over in Rotherham....nothing to see...

Ian Hills said...

Evans was framed to please the sisterhood.

James said...

A fine example of the wonderful right-on logic that states that even if you are convicted of a crime you know you didn't commit, you should still hang your head and show contrition for the guilt you don't suffer from.

Ched Evans' friends and family have kept up an impressive campaign of publicity to highlight what seems on the face of it a terrible miscarriage of justice. I doubt that particular genie will ever be put back in the bottle and he will have to carry the stigma of his incarceration for some time, but the fact that everyone in the community he left is prepared to admit him back to his old job and resume his old life does kind of suggest there is widespread sympathy for his predicament.

A man in the wrong place at the wrong time. But try telling that to the feministas.

JuliaM said...

"...says The Guardian - which employs a convicted murderer, Erwin James."

Yes, the hypocrisy is stunning. Again.

"I wonder if they realise just how hypocritical they really are?"

Well, since they keep doing it...

"Guardian World: where welfare, a free house and a British passport are all rights, but a job in the private sector is a privilege."

Just so... :/

"A fine example of the wonderful right-on logic that states that even if you are convicted of a crime you know you didn't commit, you should still hang your head and show contrition for the guilt you don't suffer from."

Yup, you must be seen to submit to the State...or else!