Who Won the Week (28 February 2021)

In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.

I mentioned in passing that I was having trouble finding these stories at the moment, and then, lo and behold, I came across a story early on in the week that straight away, I knew I wanted to talk about. This one is mega-close to my heart, I shall explain why at the end.

Two women went to the police. One of them claimed to have been raped, the other sexually assaulted, in the same incident with the same guy. I haven’t a clue of the details beyond that, but they’re not relevant to my post.

The police, however, did investigate the allegations, so I’m happy that they know what happened. Well, as much as any third-party can know.

And, at this point, I’m thinking, try the guy, if he’s found guilty, hang, draw and quarter him for all I care.

But the police drop the case. They’ll do that, here. They play the odds, and if they think that there’s a reasonable chance that they’ll lose, they won’t even attempt the case. I guess that is reasonable because trials are expensive to stage. but at the same time… convictions for rape in the UK are at an all-time low, a statistic which is, at best, very suspicious.

Anyway, back to my story. The guy has all charges against him dropped. As far as the law is concerned, he is a model citizen.

These women then take to social media, repeating their allegations and naming and shaming the man in question.

Bear in mind, at this point, the guy has not been found guilty of any crime. Fully aware of the damage caused by being labelled a rapist, he sues.

And he wins.

In what I think was a very reasonable outcome, the women can repeat their allegations as much as they want, but they are not allowed to asociate the man with them.

My link today contains a video in which the two women are interviewed by a journalist. They are clearly emotional and sound very plausible, but… until the case goes to a trial, when everything relevant is teased out, who is to say? If we take their story at face value, this guy loses his liberty. I’d like to think we performed some due-diligence first.

I must admit, I have a vested interest here. I was once accused of child abuse by my daughter, who was aged fifteen. The allegation was unfounded, I was never even interviewed by police, let alone charged or convicted. But this is the reason my daughter and I are estranged now. She dismisses it as “I didn’t want to live there any more”, I went on to have a stroke six months later. That’s quite a high price to pay, don’t you think? She might argue that her actions didn’t cause anything, but would they have helped?

So, my winner this week is this chap, who shall quite rightly remain anonymous. I would have done the same.


Life through the Lens (28 February 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

This was a cave we visited in Porto Cristo, Mallorca.

The Race to the Bottom

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 28 February 2021, sanguine.

As he sanguinely followed convention,
Captain stood on the bridge to attention,
With his stiff upper lip,
He went down with his ship.
As he, stoic, began his descention!

Was scurrying for me dectionary here. Apparently, sanguinely is a bona fide adverb. but the less said about descention, the better!

Oh, and, silly bastard…

Fool’s Gold

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 27 February 2021, moratorium.

Got Too big for his boots, he misspoke,
All his clients withdrew at a stroke,
And their swift moratorium,
Did curtail his emporium,
And at last the poor chap went flat broke.

This one probably needs some explanation for my non-UK readers.

Way back in the 80s there was a guy called Gerald Ratner. He was a very successful jeweller, specialised in selling cheap-and-cheerful, tacky jewellery to the public. He had a string of shops right up and down the UK.

As a sought-after after-dinner speaker, Ratner got up at a speech one night in 1991 and described his merchandise as “total crap”. Which, in fairness, it probably was. However the story got out , the tabloids loved it, and the public took it to heart and stopped buying from him. It took a few years but the chain eventually folded, thanks to these comments.

Ratner himself, though, was far from broke. After jewellery, he moved into fitness clubs, which were just becoming popular, and made his millions, this time more quietly, all over again.

The Loser?

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 27 February 2021, magnificent. Also, I saw that there was a challenge over on MindloveMisery’s Menagerie to come up with a limerick on any subject, so I guess this fits that, too.

A magnificent merchant from Fife,
Has gone and run off with my wife,
But we’ll see, in divorce court,
I’ll make sure she gets nought,
But that poor sod’s gonna get life!