I'm sure i don't have to inform our UK readers of today's huge news story, but for the benefit of our readers elsewhere and the wider men's rights community it's worth repeating and putting into a men's rights context. To summarise the situation, last week the BBC's Newsnight programme smeared an honourable and elderly former Conservative politician with a false allegation of rape. Not just any rape, but that of the most vulnerable boys in a care home. Although the BBC didn't name the gentleman in question, they gave plenty of hints and effectively directed the audience to investigate online. Thanks to several high profile left-wing Twitter users, the name of the entirely innocent party soon quickly became identified as Lord MacAlpine with the "information" reaching a wide audience.
In the last couple of days it became clear that the BBC's story was false and based on mistaken identity. The shoddiness in the BBC's journalism has become plain for all to see, culminating tin the resignation of George Entwistle, the BBC's Director General, who whilst somehow unaware of the content of the programme, bears ultimate responsibility as Editor in chief. Furthermore, given the fact the other parities were far more involved in what occurred, more resignations or sackings appear certain to follow.
I can't recall a major news story in the UK having such a major men's rights angle in some considerable time and I certainly don't remember such a resignation before over a men's rights issue. In fact, the wider story is saturated with content that is key to our movement and everything we stand for. Not only have we seen a witch hunt of innocent men on multiple channels on the television, there's also the issue of a failure in investigate the abuse of vulnerable young boys, many of them almost certainly in such a position due to family breakdown and poor parenting. If anyone doubted the seriousness of false rape allegations and society's appetite for them, not to mention the need for anonymity for the accused then this case surely proves them wrong once a for all.
Although what has transpired here may at first appear depressing, the plus side is that major heads have rolled for once and false rape accusations taken seriously. Furthermore, there's the delightful prospect of Lord MacAlpine rendering those involved in the saga much less wealthy and hopefully unemployable too. Perhaps the only regret here is that your average man on the street suffering such horrific smears will never receive any sort of justice, let alone the most welcome outcome starting to transpire on this particular occasion.
by John Kimble