13 comments on “The Charlotte Church Countdown Clock

  1. If only the Tox Dadger were to join the News of the Screws in journalistic Valhalla, ….

    Perhaps Miss Penny’s the girl to bring it about.

  2. One of the ironic things about the Guardian’s bringing down the NotW is that probably quite a few of the journos and other employees recently laid-off by the Guardian cheered when the NotW folded. I expect they’re not cheering now they’re trying to find work in a marketplace which has been flooded by an entire organ’s worth of experienced personnel. Chances are there will be a fair few ex-Guardian employees who would now be in employment elsewhere if the NotW had stayed in operation. This is one of the reasons I would not cheer the demise of a rival supermajor oil company, last thing we all want is a few thousand people who can do exactly what we all do sending in their CVs.

  3. I think the most important point here is not whether or not the clock existed, but that there is nothing actually wrong with said clock.

    I’m also trying to remember where I read that column by a female journalist lamenting that now that Justin Bieber was starting to look grown up, she no longer found him adequate fantasy fodder.

  4. And then there’s the whole ‘Twilight Moms’ thing.

    As someone once said, if a bunch of forty-something guys were letching over a teenage girl, feminazis would be demanding air strikes.

  5. Ian B
    There WAS something wrong with the website publishing said clock.
    It was sick. Reports of it upset Miss Church and her family, who feared it might incite idiots to make unwanted sexual advances at her.
    That is *wrong*.
    I don’t care about the tirades by militant feminists, but offending and *frightening* innocent people is WRONG.

  6. offending and *frightening* innocent people is WRONG.

    It may, indeed, be morally wrong. But that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. The difference between libertarian and statist views.

    I think professional football is a complete waste of time and money and it clearly contributes to an aggressive sub-culture, involving children in acts of GBH. However, I’ve never called for it to be banned.

  7. Reports of it upset Miss Church and her family, who feared it might incite idiots to make unwanted sexual advances at her.

    I’m afraid to say that unwanted sexual advances by idiots are all part of the joy, or otherwise, of being a pretty teenage girl. It’s hard to see how a clock on a website was going to have any effect on that.

    It may have been silly or gauche or rude or insulting, and in that sense “wrong”, but not wrong in any profound sense.

  8. John77 – “I don’t care about the tirades by militant feminists, but offending and *frightening* innocent people is WRONG.”

    John, I am mortally offended by your views. They frighten me because I am afraid someone will attempt to legislate them into existence.

    So be a good chap and shut up from now on. Fair enough, hey Johnny?

  9. @ SMFS
    Get stuffed. Anyway you are too late.
    60 years ago I saw little thugs trying to hurt and frighten other kids and I stepped in the way.
    What we have now is school policies that will punish any small kid who hits back while letting off the bully.
    The legislation already exists and does not work. Someone with guts does (it helps if, like in my next school, the captain of football supports those who dislike bullying, but that isn’t essential) .

  10. @ SE
    I didn’t say it should be banned: I said it was wrong. A clever lawyer will find a way round a ban.
    @ Ian B How stupid are you? Or are you just pretending to be stupid? The clock on the website was obviously expected to increase the number of unwelcome advances.

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