Damian Green is not someone that I am a great fan of. He’s pretty much a classic statist Tory and IIRC he was a solid remainer in the Brexit vote, which is another count against him. Yet now he is being harassed for having had porn on his laptop a decade ago. Anyone would have thought he was raping the interns and/or propositioning the local choirboys.

In the last couple of months (or years in the case of Jimmy Saville) we’ve learned that various previously well respected figures have coerced sexual favors (at the very least) from young women (and sometimes men) that they have power over and others have wandering hands that grab tits and bums far too frequently for it to be accidental.Many of them appear to have been abetted by a culture of secrecy from their colleagues and the rest of the media who all knowing turned a blind eye to their shenanigans for years, frequently for decades. You can argue, as some have, that as it was this widespread the wagons would have been circled had anyone tried to speak out – but that does kind of hit the whole “speak truth to power” thing squarely in the nads. Anyway enough of the creeps and their enablers.

Compared to them, Mr Green is merely accused of having a mass debate with his laptop and certain images that he found on the internet (presumably). There’s no allegation that he did any one-handed web-surfing where/when anyone else could see – or even, as far as I can tell, that he was doing it while during office hours – let alone forcing anyone else to watch or participate. Spanking the bishop in your hotel room/solitary bedroom is not only not a crime, it is, I venture to say, something that at least 90% of the male population has done (and the percentage of ladies who’ve done the equivalent is probably about the same). In fact I recall an old friend of mine who’d been in Antarctica with the BAS saying that when it came to self-abuse in southern latitudes “you’re either a wanker or a liar”, the same pretty much applies to everyone who has had business trips away from their loving spouse.

In other words this is a deliberate hit job and a despicable one at that based on innunedo and violation of personal privacy. I think any and every politician, journalist, blogger and pundit who claims this is bad should submit to having their own computers and smartphones forensically examined and agree to quit public life if there is any trace of smut on them.

The good news here is that it seems like I am not alone in thinking this has gone too far. In fact as the BBC link above says, other politicians are pointing out that the former coppers who told the BBC about this, are almost certainly in breach of the Data Protection Act and various related police confidentiality laws and thus may well end up in court themselves. What would also be worthwhile is for the various journalists (at the BBC principally) to face some consequences for deciding to cover this story and particularly to put this on the morning news. I think at the very least every single one of them should have all their work devices forensically examined and the results published. The howls of indignation from them when this happened would be delicious and you can be sure that there would be something embarrassing or worse to be found. Perhaps having a few journalistic hacks publicly humiliated for their own private habits would hint to the rest that they might want to tone down the “holier than thou” rhetoric.

PS for those who don’t get the title