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Friday, October 26, 2007

CPS? What are they really for?

The Crown Prosecution Service is a proper outfit of weasel wordsmiths. Elton John gets a picture looked over to see if it is "indecent". The picture in question had been on display in several art galleries. I wonder if the CPS are art experts or did they bring in a bevvy of critics headed by the likes of Brian Sewell? If they ever could follow such advice on art would they be any the wiser?

The picture, actually a photo, is called Klara and Edda Belly Dancing by the American artist Nan Goldin. It was taken from Gateshead's Baltic gallery by Northumbria Police on 20 September. It was withdrawn the day before it was due to go on display.

The CPS had first considered the image of two naked young girls in 2001, but it was then deemed not to be indecent. Kerrie Bell, head of the CPS Northumbria South Unit, said the CPS had to consider whether "standards of propriety" had changed since 2001. Didn't she know? Good heavens, we've had civil partnerships, gay adoptions, and John Prescott on the floor of his office since then! New Labour is all about changing the "standards of propriety"!

Then she has the gall to say that their is "insufficient" evidence. Meaning that there is a teeny-weeny bit of evidence, but not enough to shake the stupour of a jury? It's all a waste of public money.

If she is that bothered, how come Blair's not being prosecuted for causing John Yates' enquiry to go pear-shaped? Was the CPS lent on? Yates more or less told the Commons committee that he had a case. "Insufficient evidence" no doubt.

I think all this is a bit like the CPS trying to win an ITV phone-in game. They want easy questions and for the answer to be that they can win every time. Are they now judge and jury?

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