Toby Young claims that the Dromeys must go (should that be Dromies?):
I still can’t quite believe it. But here’s the evidence in black and white. In 1976, the NCCL put out a press release proposing that the age of consent be lowered to 14 “with special provisions for situations where the partners are close in age, or where consent of a child over ten can be proved”. So let me get this straight. If the NCCL had had its way, a paedophile could induce a 10-year-old child to have sex with him and, provided he could “prove” he or she had consented, that child’s parents would have no legal redress?
I’m not, I admit, in favour of men my age being able to have sex with children of 10 years of age. Not, actually, keen on 11 year olds being able to have sex with 10 year olds.
However, I do try to remind myself that the past is another country, they did things differently there. And it was what, a week ago, that we were all saying that while we don’t particularly think that DJs should grope 16 year olds that wasn’t quite the situation in the 70s. The star struck poppets did rather offer themselves up as sexual playthings to those with any modicum of fame.
For mores, especially sexual ones, were indeed different back then. And I’ve a very strong feeling indeed that we need to recall that all of these things were rather different back then.
I’ll grant that those who were most vociferous over the Cornflake also get to be shouty about the Dromii. Also that those, like me, who regard it as difficult, to say the least, to impose today’s morality on the past are at least being logically consistent. But there is a certain Murphyness creeping in here, that if my enemies did it then burn the witches, while if my friends did it then humph, so what?
There is one fair routethat one could take, which would be to ask if Dromia was among those witch hunting those who shagged 16 year olds while also considering, back at that time, that the law should be changed to that they could screw 10 year olds. But that would simply be the charge of hypocrisy and when have we ever expected a politician to be free of that?