Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has professed herself "shocked" at the availability of porn on the internet after investigating the issue for a radio documentary. Which raises the question of what exactly she thought she was cracking down on during her time in charge of law and order. Smith famously left her job as Gordon …
"I'm not naive. I know why men watch pornography"
I know plenty of women who watch it too, including my girlfriend, my ex-wife, my flatmate...
If she thinks it's just men, perhaps she *is* a touch naive after all...
And she knows why...
...because she asked her husband.
Oh, and Jacqui - please fuck off back to your own planet some time very soon.
Could she tell us why (some) women are instrumental in the manufacture of pornography? And not just in front of the camera.
Exactly what I was thinking - there's at least one porn company owned/run by a woman that produces porn specifically tailored for women as well.
Why do men watch porn? What do women want?
Unanswered Questions of the Universe!
Why has her head grown enormous but her hair is perfectly average?
And what was that pose on #bbctw last week? She didn't know what to do with her hands. She doesn't come off as cuddly, attractive, personable. That's why her husband sort the cool solace of one and zeros.
She should have been retired and not somewhere nice.
I would love to see a woman go on Question Time with the question:
"Do women have the right to look at pornography?"
They would accept it, the panel would squirm endlessly.
"Back to her own planet"?
THAT would be "Planet Government"? No thanks!
Something of an achievement.....
I didn't believe it was possible for her to have have reduced her credibility. But shes managed it.
Paris - cause she knows about internet porn.
Defintitely an achievement
It was my considered opinion that she didn't have any credibility left..
Not really awash with porn
Since she did not discover any porn during her time in office, the claim of being awash with porn is completely unfounded.
the equally useless Virginia Bottomley also claimed that european broadcasters were 'beaming a tide of pornography into our homes'
Grow up Jacqui, you were completely unaware of any porn on the internet
UNTIL YOU WENT AND LOOKED FOR IT !
The Internet was fine when she was in office. It's those nasty tories that are at fault!
Re: Not really awash
My thoughts exactly. If it is only found when you go looking for it, can it really be considered a threat to those who don't want it, such as Home Secretaries? Seems to me that she has drawn precisely the wrong conclusion from her experiences. Still, she has a telly program to sell now, so perhaps *that* explains her new-found "shock".
@UNTIL YOU WENT AND LOOKED FOR IT !
Ah, but you have to remember that it's just *knowing* that it's out there which is the problem!
People like Wacky Jacqui simply *cannot* bear the idea of others looking at things they don't like, hence the desire to pass the legislation like the Dangerous Pictures and Dangerous Cartoons acts.
It's laughable that she says "The internet service providers need to take more responsibility." err, no Jacqui it's *YOU* who needs to take more responsibility and understand that everyone else *also* needs to take responsibility for what they (or their children) look at. We don't need your Nanny State saying "We think this is bad for you, so *you* are not allowed to see it".
It's not just Jacqui but all politicians, in that and many other respects, and as we move to a more and more presidential style of politics, the more we will get one persons vision of what we can and cannot see and do, and the less our political representatives will have minds of their own.
Be aware that Jacqui may have one view of the Nanny State, and Theresa has another, and that will always be true. When a politician rails against the Nanny State, it's only because it isn't theirs, be they Nick, David, or Milliband the younger.
Jaqcui Smith is a nobody, a has-been - a barely has-been at that. Why anyone would give airtime to this hypocritical, thieving waste of taxpayer's money (not to mention waste of air, carbon and space) is beyond me.
Flames - fire pits are what's needed, fire pits with heat exchangers that will keep children from disadvantaged families warm in winter. She always harped on about "thinking of the children", well now she can make a real difference.
If she's looking for filth online, and thinking of the children - can't we get her locked up under one of her own 1+1=4 laws? I mean it stands to reason.
Anon because my tin-foil hat is at the dry cleaners
She is in violation of her own laws.
Under Ms Smith, domestic violence was redefined to include giving your spouse verbal abuse. She confessed on television that she had verbally abused her hubby over porngate.
The giveaway in the article is NOT that she was shocked by the amount of porn ...
> And so much of it for absolutely no cost at all.
There we have it. She was really disgusted that the government had allowed this to continue without carving themselves a slice of the tax revenue.
She's pissed off because her husband paid for it.
she's actually pissed off because SHE had to pay for it, after her expenses claim was rejected.
I think you mean she's actually pissed off because we paid for it on her behalf and then she got found out and we were angry...
Nah she's just pissed... no other explanation.. she's flat out drunk.. - permanently inebriated ..
More evidence of how far from this planet MPs are
How does someone so far out of touch with reality get into a position of such power in a supposedly representative democracy?
Or is there really such a large pool of such naive people, that it is in fact representative for some of them to get into government?
Okay, and reading the other comments as well
I have to say she's not 'naive', or stupid or whatever. She's lying. She's drumming up Mental Minority support, just like she always did, the bent politician's stock in trade, as she tries to get back to some or other position of power and money.
...I *can* believe.
"Innocent" ? We'll let the jury decide on that (the jury armed with pitchforks and flaming torches, that is)
politician reveals themself to not be living in real world!
no story here, move along
Drowning in a sea of porn
I can think of worse ways to go.....
or, indeed, to come.
I'll get my dirty mac.
I thought she'd gone for good.
Ah, so she's sexist too
Quote: But she insisted, "I'm not naive. I know why men watch pornography. But I think greater availability on the internet is worrying, the way porn is seeping into the mainstream."
Im afraid naive is exactly what you are, Jaqui, because you still apparently believe that only men watch pornography. I know its difficult for your "innocent" brain to comprehend, but sometimes, women enjoy pornography, and even sex, too. I know, crazy isnt it.
a pork barrel. I wonder which net filter provider has offered her a directorship or large bung to go there and "think of the children".
I suspect she was shocked there was so much MONEY involved and she was not getting any of it.
what a complete fucking twat,
i commend you
on your efficient yet precise use of words
PS my porn isn't free, i do have an ISP to pay. Mind you, it's good value.
You mean you don't download your porn on your neighbour's WiFi like everybody else does?
Paris, what unencrypted WiFi was invented for
The authoritarian tendencies of Labour
""The internet service providers need to take more responsibility. I don't agree with the argument that if we restrict anything available on the internet we'll turn into China.""
The authoritarian tendencies of Labour stand out markedly from the libertarian bent of the coalition, and given how unpopular all the big-state nannying is has the potential to utterly bury them at the next election.
Isn't she in prison yet?
I came here to rant about this idiotic thief.
I see my work is done for me :)
She's done the impossible
She's gone and made a statement so stupid that not even Sarah the pit bull bitch/mama grizzly/whatever vicious blood-swiling animal she fantasizes about next would utter it. And Sarah is the current Gold Standard for political idiocy on this side of the Atlantic, eclipsing by a significant margin both GW Bush and Dan 'Potatoe' Quayle. Combined. Jacqui has zoomed right past all other possible claimants to the throne, including Christine 'the witch' O'Donnell. (Who, for the record, must have been adopted. No Irish lass could ever be _that_ stupid, not even when blind staggering drunk.)
Congratulations, Jacqui. Once again Britannia rules.
Paris, 'cause even Paris has more sense.
Hang on a minute, hang on...
"Smith's documentary will be broadcast on Radio 5 Live on Thursday"
Radio 5 Live? You mean w@nking is a sport now??
A different sport
No, but talking b@@@@@@cks is. Sadly we didn't decide that in time to get it into the olympics (we already have a world-class stadium for it, too). If we had, we'd have won gold, silver and bronze in every possible combination of the event: Mens, Womens, mixed, team events, short-distance, long-distance and relay. Not forgetting long b@@@@@cls, high b@@@@@cks, pole-b@@@@@cks and triple b@@@@@@@cls(!!!) too.
It's on 5 Live because in Jaqui Smith's world all men who like porn also follow the sporting news.
Getting rid of porn
Ok let's say by some miracle they get rid of all the porn then what? there would only be one website left called bring back the porn!
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You watch Scrubs too :P
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Yep, you should always cite your sources.
Surely only quote sources
if you want to become (self-)defence minister of a major European country
re: one website left called bring back the porn!
There will be more than one of those websites buddy.
..."seeping into the mainstream", when said by Wacky Jacqui, in association with porn, make me feel a little bit dirty.
If you squint, this story turns into
Jacqui Smith cracking down watched by her husband, pilloried over artisan-built bondage furniture
I feel soiled...
We know what's good for you
"The internet service providers need to take more responsibility. I don't agree with the argument that if we restrict anything available on the internet we'll turn into China."
No - the ISPs should simply provide connectivity and avoid any participation in efforts to filter what we can access. That Smith cannot see what is wrong with censoring the Internet is evidence that she should never have had the role of Home Secretary in a western democracy. Her former constituents have made it quite clear that they (like the rest of us) have had enough of her policies and questionable expense claims by electing a Conservative in her place.
ISPs regulating where I go is like my TV manufacturer, or my electricity supplier regulating what I watch on my TV.
The woman's as batty as a belfry.
When in a position of power, this made her dangerous. Now she's just an irritant.
Surgical excision might prove useful.