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I have nothing but scorn for Mr Jeremy Forrest, who will go down, I trust, for a few years for conducting an illicit, and adulterous, relationship with a fifteen year old pupil, and for absconding with her to France. However I have nothing but contempt for Ms Portia Ragnauth, of the Crown Prosecution Service, a peculiar and often inept English body, which grows more fascist by the day.

Speaking at the conclusion of his trial, the idiotic woman cast a slur on the entire teaching profession, by hanging the sins of one man around its neck, as she seized her fifteen minutes of fame on the courthouse steps after Forrest’s conviction. I was brought up by teachers and in my life I’ve married two of them. I’ve also observed the legal profession during my working life, so I know damn well that for every Jeremy Forrest there is at least one bent lawyer, and probably many more. The teaching profession is manifestly honourable and just as manifestly under-rewarded. The man brought shame and disgrace on himself, and the school where the affair went on undetected has questions to answer, but he is a very rare exception and that should be acknowledged.

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  1. Alison
    June 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    QJ, yes I have immense scorn for the fool Jeremy Forrest, and I agree completely with everything you said re Portia Ragnauth. I have a number of friends who are teachers and yet again, this tarring with the same brush can only anger them. But it’s the same in all walks of life. Lowest common denominator.

    I realise that I’m probably in a minority of one, however, but I do have a problem with certain areas of the media branding Forrest a ‘paedophile’. The girl in question, though undoubtedly foolish and easily led, was also very nearly 16. ‘Paedophile’ screams something very much worse than that. I realise I’m opening myself up to all kinds of nastiness by saying this, but it almost belittles ‘real’ paedophilia, at least to me.

  2. June 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    To be fair to the meedja, they didn’t brand him, the prosecution did. You are not alone in your reaction, in terms of the public perception of the word, but in this case it seems to have been literally true.

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