Thursday, 16 October 2014

Role model

Nick Clegg has waded into the debate about Sheffield United football club re-signing former player and convicted rapist Ched Evans who is expected to be released from prison this week. 

From the BBC.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has urged Sheffield United's owners to "think really long and hard" before re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Clegg, Sheffield Hallam MP, said: "When you take a footballer on, you are not taking just a footballer these days, you are also taking on a role model."

Whatever conclusions one reaches on this issue, there is something particularly odious about a prominent politician using it for his own ends. Is Clegg really so desperate that he will stoop to using a high profile rape case to polish what he perceives to be his political credentials?

The answer is obviously yes.


James Higham said...

"Is Clegg really so desperate ..."

Stop there, AKH - the answer is yes.

Anonymous said...

So much for Clegg's, er, 'liberal' sentiments! Mr. Evans 'did the crime' (whilst insisting on his innocence) and then 'did the time'. But that's not enough for Mr. 'Righteous', he would have him stopped from earning his living. I can only hope that the people of Sheffield boot this humbug out of office next May. Then I would like to see a Bill passed banning him from earning his living as a politician!

A K Haart said...

James and David - his fall will be so pleasant to watch when it comes, but sadly he'll probably move on to somewhere comfy and lucrative.

Demetrius said...

One really does wonder. This was a nasty criminal case best avoided. Obviously it makes better headlines than chasing fraudsters contributing to political parties.

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - yes this kind of thing is best avoided by those in Clegg's position but it's a sign of the times I suppose.