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Porn-purchasing in the Home Secretary's household

Posted by C_A_A_N on Sun 29 Mar 2009 (modified Mon 30 Mar 2009) to C_A_A_N's blog

This post also on our blog, here:


Clair Lewis, national convenor for Consenting Adult Action Network (CAAN), today reflected on the irony of Jacqui Smith being caught out over the porn habits of her own husband and issued an invitation to the Home Secretary and her husband to sign up to CAAN's statement of aims (below). This endorses the right of individuals not to be pilloried for legitimate sexual activity between adults.

Clair Lewis said: “It is ironic that Jacqui Smith, who has done more than almost any other politician to meddle in the private sex lives of consenting adults, should be placed in this position. We would hesitate to suggest it was richly deserved.

“If public money has been misused, then Ms Smith and her husband must face the consequences: however, the sexual focus, whilst no doubt titillating, is really not relevant.

“CAAN works to protect consenting adults from having their lives wrecked by this type of press voyeurism.

“We shall therefore be contacting Mr.Smith and his wife - to see if they would now agree that what adults get up to in the privacy of their own bedrooms is not the business of either government or an over-intrusive press, and whether they would now be prepared to sign up to our statement of aims on this issue."

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"We believe in the right of consenting adults to make their own sexual choices, in respect of what they do, see and enjoy alone or with other consenting adults, unhindered and unfettered by government. "We believe that it is not the business of government to intrude into the sex lives of consenting adults."


It would be inaccurate – not to say stretching credulity – to claim that the shadow of a smile did not cross our lips this morning. As Home Secretary and as part of this puritan government, Jacqui Smith has done more than almost anyone to meddle with and regulate the sexual choices made by consenting adults in private. There is therefore a most delicious irony to find her hoist by her own petard.

So it was her husband who may have been watching certain material? Tough! We deal daily with the wreckage made of peoples' lives by a prurient government and a salacious press.

Let's get this clear: if Jacqui's husband or if Jacqui herself committed a fraud or financial offence, then she is probably not fit to be Home Secretary. A mistake with expenses? Tell that to those prosecuted daily for benefit fraud.

But the sexual angle, fun though it is, has nothing to do with this. We believe that consenting adults should have the right to do as they please with one another in the privacy of their own homes, providing full and free consent is given. Sex is not something to be ashamed of: nor is it the business of government or media.

It may be a little late in the day, but if Jacqui or her husband, even now, are prepared to own up to the error of their censorious ways, they would be most welcome aboard the UK's largest and fastest-growing campaign for personal sexual freedom.

Clair Lewis, National Convenor Consenting Adult Action Network

Sign up to our statement of principles for the freedom of consenting adults to express themselves!

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Reply by bratyboyslim on Sun 29 Mar 2009

her husband downloaded the movies from virgin media, which lets face it is not likely to be showing anything remotly harder than the sunday bloody papers show.

anyway who gives a flying fuck, sure she's a shit for claiming it on her expenses, but then, most of the government claim for things they shouldn't

Can't crack me, I'm a rubber duck

Reply by Dovetail on Sun 29 Mar 2009

I have long suspected that the politicians backing some of the newer and proposed legislation around sex might have a hidden agenda.

eg That those heavily against prostitution might have an errant husband/partner and they were being driven by the anger of this.

Looking like I might have been right?

Reply by emark on Sun 29 Mar 2009

Brilliant, I love it :)

Dove2009 wrote:
eg That those heavily against prostitution might have an errant husband/partner and they were being driven by the anger of this.

Looking like I might have been right?

Indeed. My fear is that something like this would make Jacqui Smith and those like her even more anti-privacy and anti-porn, as she'll blame the problem on her husband's sexual habits (or possibly, blame the porn for corrupting her poor husband)...

Sign the statement against criminalisation of possession "extreme" images. Petition against plans to criminalise sexual cartoons appearing to depict anyone under 18.

Reply by Degenerate on Mon 30 Mar 2009

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Reply by kisses_for_me on Mon 30 Mar 2009

Lets not forget something here folks.

Mr Smith is not merely her husband, a private individual. He is also a parliamentary employee, one that more than likely has a hand and voice in making policy, even if indirectly. It is not impossible, nor even difficult to suppose he had input into CJIA, and will continue to have input into other intrusive and restrictive legislation.

It's easy to tell the difference between right and wrong. What's hard is choosing the wrong that's more right.

I tend to be suspicious of all true believers. Present company included.

Elise Kraft, The Siege.

Reply by Pheonix_Ian on Wed 1 Apr 2009

My family just laughed at the porn angle.

Then I saw the Alan Titchmarsh show (first 10 minutes, a rare one off). The press have tagged onto this case for sleaze when in reality they should be attacking a couple who are both MPs spending an estimated £313,000 between them on expenses.

Once again its what sells papers not what the true facts are.