Cool stuff!

The PM has his own website where people can publicise and sign up to petitions. The one I have my eye on is this one:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to steadfastly proceed with plans announced in the Queen’s Speech to make possession of extreme pornography illegal and to include a much wider range of pornographic imagery, such as R18 material, within the scope of the Criminal Justice Bill.In 1972 the late Lord Denning, former Master of the Rolls, said that the law against pornography had misfired: He said: “Much that is obscene has escaped the reach of the law”. The pornography industry has exploited to the full a law that is inherently flawed and has failed to fulfil the intention of Parliament in the 1959 Act to strengthen the criminal law. It has had the opposite effect.

If you agree that extremely violent porn should be illegal, show your support.

R18 material by the way, is defined by the BBFC as “a special and legally restricted classification primarily for explicit works of consenting sex between adults. Films may only be shown to adults in specially licensed cinemas, and videos may be supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops. ‘R18’ videos may not be supplied by mail order.” It is sexually explicit material that does not qualify for a normal 18 rating because it contains “clear images of real sex” (as opposed to mateiral which may be simulated, which can pass as 18).

There is not much chance of a wide-ranging ban to include R18 mateiral – much as I would welcome it in the present climate where abuse and exploitation is the norm – but damn if I won’t call for it anyway. (Especially since “instructional” material is not within the ambit of the R18 rating.)

I’m not sure, however, that the petition site is an entirely serious forum for action. Swamped as it is with calls for a standard size of umbrella, for Tony Blair to stop smiling so much, for compulsory waving of red flags by walkers on public roads, and for a ban on all online petitions – who really gives a toss, eh?

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