Whose business is Jon Venables? No ones.

Over the last few days and weeks, the world of British journalism has once again been awash with righteous indignation over the case of Jon Venables.

Venables, as he was once known, was one of the two killers of Jamie Bulger in Liverpool in 1993. Recently he has been sent back to prison for violating the terms and conditions of his release, which was on a lifetime license. This license stipulated several things that he could be returned to prison for including:

  • Returning to Merseyside (where the original crimes were committed)
  • Committing, or believed to about to commit a crime
  • Trying to contact his accomplice Robert Thompson
  • Trying to contact the Bulger family

Somewhere down the line, one of these breaches has occurred and as such Venables has been returned to prison, whilst awaiting a parole board hearing on the case.

Of course, this hasn’t stopped the foaming at the mouth fever in the British press, and in particular on forums and blog comments around the UK. Yes, its time once again for the holier-than-thou righteous right to come full force out and show how small minded the British people can be. Lock him up forever they say. Throw away the key they say.

We don’t know who Venables is, we don’t know what he has done to be recalled, we don’t know when he was recalled, and frankly none of us have the right to. Even the Bulger family. The only thing they could possibly have a right to know is if they were in danger in anyway. It seems they weren’t, so anything else is absolutely none of their business.

The reaction of several morons on the internet who I have seen suggesting lynch mobs and gangs to “sort him out” has been amazing. It really has. I am just 6 months older than Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, and I can say without a second thought that I am a very different person at 28 than I was at pretty much 11 (it happened 3 days before my 11th birthday) in 1993. We cannot expect to possibly say that we know what this person is like based on their actions at 10. Who says that Venables or Thompson were evil at 10, and are now? We don’t know this, and we never will. We know that Thompson was neglected and bullied as a child, and Venables life wasn’t all that rosy either.

You know Carol, you remind me of someone...

We of course have Carol Vorderman, who on last night’s Question Time decided to parade herself as an out-and-out right wing Tory bigot. This is the same Carol Vorderman by the way, that would not become a teacher under her party of choice’s belief that anyone with a third at degree level should not become a teacher (yet she is perfectly capable of heading a maths task force because she could do a bit of addition really quickly on Countdown? Double standards or what?) I propose from now we call her Carol Vodermort. It takes a very special kind of person to out bluster and blunder Boris Johnson, but oh my, did she shine.

She is a right-wing ignorant popularist who could not explain her reasoning other than essentially, she’s a bit of a nosey bitch. Remind you of anyone at all?

... if only I could put my finger on who it is, exactly...

“How dare we protect this person from being murdered”, is what we are being told by a foaming at the mouth example of vicious moronic behaviour, driven by a bloodlust for revenge on someone that was 10 years old at the time of his crime. It’s like The Simpson’s when the residents of Springfield pick up a pitchfork or ten and a few flaming torches. The parody is more than apt, its accurately terrifying.

But here is the simple fact. We don’t have vigilante justice we have the judicary, and it is up to them to decide what is best even if it isn’t popular. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it right, and the idea that we should drag John Venables at the age of 27 through the streets and make an example of him for what he did at 10, and has already been punished for, no matter if you agree with the punishment or not is not right. We are supposed to be a civilised society, and we should treat everyone with the same common decency regardless of who they are, or what they’ve done.

Let the judicary do it’s job and lets not yet some yampy moron who could do some sums quickly dictate what we should, or shouldn’t do.


Dr Linda Papadopoulos – You ironically cheeky cow!

Dr Linda Papadopoulos is the latest in a line of celebrity child psychologists to be asked to produce a report for the Government. Her report is an attack is on men’s mags and video games, in particular one called Miss Bimbo (that I’d never heard of before this report) for hypersexualising young girls and hypermasculating young men. Her plan includes putting age restrictions on content such as FHM and Loaded.

She said:

“It’s a drip-drip effect. Look at porn stars and look at how the average girls looks now.

“We are hypersexualising girls, telling them their desirability relies on being desired.

“They want to please at any cost.

“And we are hypermasculinising boys. Many feel they can’t live up to the porn ideal, sleeping with lots of women.”

Now I don’t necessarily disagree with the idea that we do sexualise children far too young. I don’t blame FHM and video games though. I blame other things… Like some of the things in this woman’s career. Shall we take a look?

1. Big Brother

Dr Linda is famous for being one of the psychologists used on the TV show Big Brother. Famous for the following “celebrities” all appearing in magazines like Heat, Nuts and FHM soon after:

2. Celebrity Fit Club

Celebrity Fit Club, a TV show that is designed to humiliate and harass overweight people, celebrities in particular into being thin and to conform to societal norms. Who was one of the stars of Seasons 2 to 4 of that? Oh Look! IT’S DR LINDA!

3. Her Writing of Tittle-Tattle Trash

Not only does she write articles about Peter Andre and Jordan, the perfect example of a bad role model to young women everywhere, she films features for the BBC on John Terry and WAGS for a political program! She … she is also the pyschologist for Cosmo. Well, you don’t need me to tell you what kind of trash is in that do you? But I will anyway. As of writing headlines on their website and features include:

Boyfriend Wars! You can rate each others boyfriends and compare them against each other. Whose the hottest you decide!
CosmoSutra! Mind blowing sex positions.
Sex Tips! Suggestions for a better sex life including provocative images of perfect men and women posing as if they’re in the act.

She also writes books like “The Man Manual” and “What Men Say, What Women Hear” two perfect examples of sexuality being exploited. Two perfect examples of using devisiness and sexuality between the genders in order to profit and make a career.

Lets take the blurb from the back of The Man Manual for example…

“If you’ve ever wondered why he still wants to see his ex or even just why he won’t do the washing up when you’ve asked him to fifty times, nicely, this is the book for you.”

Well perhaps because they are still friends? Perhaps he doesn’t want to do the washing up or be ordered to do it?

Now I don’t mind her pointing out that as a society we spend too much time sexualising children, leading to, well lets face it, slags of both genders. However, considering how much money she has made out of this particular genre of relationship dating and advice, and how much of a career has been made from Cosmo and from her appearances on the biggest place on TV to create Heat and FHM fodder, isn’t isn’t too far a stretch for me to say…


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