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Nadine Dorries
Megan's Law
Posted Tuesday, 10 April 2007 at 11:18

At last. John Reid has announced today that the government will launch three pilot schemes, modelled on, but which fall well short of, the law in the USA known as ‘Megan’s Law’.


Not one to flaunt the Data Protection Act, Mr Reid has stated that parents will be able to demand to know if convicted paedophiles are living near their home, their child’s nursery or en route to school.


Parents do, in fact, have access to certain information: they can ask how many paedophiles live in their area. However, up until now, the police have been less than obliging. That is all about to change.


Martin Neary, who was CEO of the National Offender Management Service, another useless expensive agency, now of Barnardos, rushed breathlessly onto the Today programme this morning to condemn the move, stating that he had telephoned the Today programme himself to warn everyone of the dangers of this law!


Well thank goodness for that. What would we do without Mr Neary being on the ball and telephoning Radio 4? For one moment we could all have been in danger of thinking that this hadn’t been thought through. That Sara Payne, mother of murdered little Sarah, had been campaigning all these years in total ignorance of the facts.


That all the parents who campaigned for and brought into existence Megan’s Law had actually done so because they didn’t know what they were talking about.


Mr Neary stated the blinding obvious, something I have heard him do with monotonous frequency, that all the paedophiles living in the pilot area will move away.


Maybe so, and to be fair, that is where the pilot falls down. So let’s chip and electronically monitor the paedophiles in the pilot area, so that if they do move, their movements are monitored and the police will know exactly where they are. In fact, why don’t we do this to every convicted paedophile?


If successful, the pilots, one would hope, will be rolled out across the UK and then the campaign to smarten up this rather lilly livered appeasement to the campaigners can begin in earnest so that hopefully, in time, parents will have the law they want in place.


 A tough robust law which will provide children with the protection they need, and parents with the peace of mind they deserve. Then who knows, one day, we may see our children come back out onto the streets to play and do the things that kids do. Share and socialise, laugh and fight and learn how to live together.


There is no such thing as a cured paedophile. Personally, I believe in chipping, castrating and incarcerating. But then, what would I know? I am just a mother of three daughters, a woman who knows something about paedophilia, and an MP.


Sorry, I missed out throwing away the key there.


Governments are there to serve the people. If parents want a Megan’s Law, and if that law prevents or reduces incidents of attacks or abuse on children, they should have it. Sometimes I think politicians forget why we are here in this privileged position, it’s to serve the people, stupid!

Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
It would be interesting to know how many MP's think like you do. As a mother, thank you. This has been a long road and we still have a long way to go. We will be writing to you. With thanks.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Right on Nadine, as ever. You need to talk to the golden boy Cameron now and get him to back you.
Confused of know where said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Will the real Nadine please stand up and explain the last phrase.Was it that you meant the group of people who are stupid or that you will serve the people with such passion and effort, or as I suspect people,(comma)stupid?
Nadine said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
You pedant. I thought having had it checked over by someone with a 1st in English would have been enough. Note to gramma nerds - do not visit my site, you will only be dissapointed.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Blimey, a bit harsh foor you.I had an image of this nice, pretty,cuddly, sweet MP. Your right though, the trouble is everyones too scared to say it.Hope you don't get into trouble for this.
Bernard from Horsham said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
I am concerned it will lead to vigilantes seeking out these nutters, they would then go underground. V difficult issue as there are 000's of paedophiles in the UK. I don't like the way its been announced either by some unknown Labour MP in Bath.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
I am not so much concerned by who announced it , as to what they announced. This isn't really anything new. As Nadine says, this has been announced to make the Police do their job.
J-Green said:
Responded: Tuesday, 10 April 2007
What? More "hang 'em and flog 'em"? Just wait till the next election, then you and Priti Patel (Witham) can channel Thatcher together!!
Carl Cross said:
Responded: Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Amazing that on such a critical issue such as this, grammar nerds choose to pick holes. Pathetic pedants!
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Yesterday's BBC coverage abandoned any pretence of balance, simply lining up contributors to rubbish an idea they clearly don't like. By the 5pm bulletin, it seemed like half of the morning's announcement had been abandoned? Is this lazy inept journalists that simply got it wrong or more 'government by media reaction' like we saw in the "you can't publish, okay you can, no actually you can't" in about three days from the MOD with the captured sailors?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 13 April 2007
Stop writing nonsense you don't believe. You wouldn't chop a man's bollocks off - so step pretending you would get others to do so as well. And do you seriously think adopting a 'Megan's law' would mean we would know where all dangerous people are at all times ? You're living in dreamland.
Matt said:
Responded: Friday, 13 April 2007
Sorry, Nadine - I disagree on this one. Sarah's Law would be the wrong answer to the wrong problem. Matt I can't find a trackback link, so my thoughts are here: PS Could you make your comment box more than 22 letters wide!
Jeff said:
Responded: Saturday, 14 April 2007
Not a good idea in a country where the general level of education is such that many of the populace are unable to distinguish between a paedophile and a paediatrician!
Tim said:
Responded: Saturday, 14 April 2007
Oh dear, more tabloid populism. Government may be there to serve the needs (some) of the people but surely not their every hue and cry. We saw what happened when the News of the World publihed names of paedophiles. The chavs down in Portsmouth began attacking paediatricians. I have some sympathy with castration - a practical solution, and without the paraphernalia of chips. But this Megan's law idea (I do dislike the way Americans have emotive titles to their legislation) really is unnecessary and would be counterproductive. Peadophiles exist; if people really want to know more, how about this: - if you live in a hamlet, you're probably OK - if you live in a village, there'll be a few - if you live in a town, there'll be dozens - if you live in a city, there'll be hundreds But what does this solve? We've already seen the paedophilia hysteria lead to children losing their freedom to play, adults no loner volunteering for community activities and a distraction from the fact that most abuse of children takes place in the home. There'll always be the odd Sarah Payne type case. We hae to relearn how to live with risk, not have stupid laws which are going to lead to ugly scenes and paedophiles going underground.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Saturday, 14 April 2007
On the point about 'pedants' and 'paedophiles' - perhaps we should allow vigilante activity, but only from those people who can actually spell ! That will screen out the thick bastards and their signs for 'Pedophils out'...
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