We\’re ruled by incompetents:
People selling adult videos, including pornography, to children are to escape prosecution after the discovery of a Whitehall blunder that means that the 1984 law regulating the video industry was never enacted.
The disclosure that for 25 years the Act governing the classification and sale of videos, video games and now DVDs was never brought into force is a big embarrassment to both Conservative and Labour governments.
One very important question though:
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that it had received legal advice that people who had previously been prosecuted and convicted would be unable to overturn their convictions or seek compensation.
If the law was not in effect then such prosecutions were illegal. Of course convictions must be overturned and compensation paid.
Sure, proffering money to people who sold hard core porn to little kiddies sticks in the throat but it\’s nowhere near as shaming as punishing the innocent.
Precisely because we do have rulers who are incompetent we have to insist upon the rule of law.