"Soccer player Clive Henry, who terrorised six elderly people during a 10-day rape and robbery spree, was jailed for 17 years today at the Old Bailey.Henry, 26, a semi-professional with Haringey Football Club, left prints of his unusually-patterned Nike training shoe sole at the scene of four crimes in Hackney...Henry, of Hackney, was found guilty of raping a 68-year-old stroke victim in her home; four robberies; two burglaries and one attempted burglary."Diane Abbot, New Labour MP for Hackney, signed an EDM censuring Justice Henriques:
"For imposing a token sentence on the convicted violent criminal (football player) Jonathan Woodgate... and is incredulous that Justice Henriques should have let off Woodgate ... on the grounds that he had 'suffered agonies', when the so-called agonies suffered by (him) ... pale into insignificance compared with the genuine agonies and mental trauma suffered by Woodgate's victim, Safraz Najeib."However, Abbot never introduced or signed an EDM bringing the crimes carried out by the footballer, Clive Henry, to the public's attention, and the 'genuine agonies and mental trauma' suffered by the 68-year-old white victim of rape. Henry, who is black, just happened to be her constituent. (For Abbott's PC credentials go here)
Guess what? Not one of the 36 other MPs who signed the Jonathan Woodgate EDM ever thought fit to mention the ordeal of the 68-year-old rape victim either. Nor did they ever bother to sign an EDM bringing Clive Henry to the attention of the general public.The Woodgate EDM, which was introduced by Gerald Kaufman, stated:
"This House censures Mr Justice Henriques for imposing a token sentence on the convicted violent criminal Jonathan Woodgate, when his companion in the dock, Lee Bowyer, in 1996 was fined £4,000 for affray in an incident when, significantly, he assaulted Asian staff; and is incredulous that Mr Justice Henriques should have let off Woodgate with this minimal sentence on the grounds that he had 'suffered agonies', when the so-called agonies suffered by Woodgate, which he brought upon himself, pale into insignificance compared with the genuine physical agonies and mental trauma suffered by Woodgate's victim, Safraz Najeib."Now who do we think suffered the greater 'physical agonies and mental trauma,' Safraz Najeib or the 68-year-old rape victim?
Perhaps they suffered similarly, perhaps they suffered differently. All we can know for certain is that the following MPs thought Najeib's 'suffering' at the hands of a white football player was important enough to sign an EDM which brought that 'suffering' to the attention of parliament. Whereas, the suffering that a 68-year-old stroke victim and five other 'elderly victims' experienced at the hands of a black football player was not deemed important enough to do likewise.All of the following MPs signed the aforementioned EDM.For the New Labour Party:
Diane Abbott, Harry Barnes, Nigel Beard, Michael Clapham, Tony Colman, Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Cox, David Crausby, Ann Cryer, Ian Davidson, Terry Davis, Jim Dobbin, David Drew, Bill Etherington, Barry Gardiner, Roger Godsiff, Jane Griffiths, Win Griffiths, Kelvin Hopkins, Eric Illsley, Martyn Jones, Gerald Kaufman, Alan Keen, Tony Lloyd, David Marshall, Kevin McNamara, JohnMcWilliam, Syd Rapson, Brian Sedgemore, Gerry Steinberg, David Taylor, Rudi Vis, Derek Wyatt.For the Liberal Democrats:Mike Hancock, Paul Holmes, Paul Keetch, Bob Russell.