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UK Surrenders to Porn

UK Surrenders to Porn
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By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 02 November 2019 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Way back in June 2018 we wrote favorably regarding efforts by the UK government to impose age limits on the consumption of porn. Teenagers 18 years of age and younger would be prohibited from viewing the career that made Stormy Daniels famous.

Heavy-breathers over age 18 would be required to buy a ‘porn pass’ that would let them access this sexual sewer and bypass the age restriction.

You can find our initial coverage here and a follow-up column here.

At the time, preventing youth from being exposed to perversity was an important goal of government. The Daily Mail found a survey that showed “1.4 million children clicked on pornographic websites in a single month — half aged six to 14.”

Almost a year later the UK government was continuing to proceed on a pace that would make any turtle envious. No ‘porn pass’ yet, but the need was still dire. The Guardian said a YouGov poll “shows 67 percent of Britons said they supported the effort to require age verification, amid concerns about the impact of pornography on British teenagers.”

Now, almost a year and a half later, the UK government has an Emily Litella moment and says, “Never mind.”

This time ZDNet has the details. Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, admitted porn was “too easily accessed online” and something needed to be done, but the government sure wasn’t going to do it.

Instead the august minister was passing the buck to the same companies producing the tsunami of titillation. “We are committed to the UK becoming a world-leader in the development of online safety technology and to ensure companies of all sizes have access to, and adopt, innovative solutions to improve the safety of their users.” Yet, “The government has concluded that this objective of coherence will be best achieved through our wider online harms proposals and, as a consequence, will not be commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography.”

Notice to foxes: In the future, guarding the hens will be your job.

We can only assume one of three events occurred. The UK government is too incompetent to devise an effective age-restriction tool for pornography. Two, the porn lobby was too powerful and caused Parliament to wilt under the pressure to perform. Or three, members of parliament couldn’t figure out a way to get a free porn pass for themselves without the media finding out.

All in all, it’s a sad, sorry spectacle. We support age verification and we are happy to restate this view. To those libertarians who reflexively shout "CENSORSHIP!" anytime a limit is placed on media consumption, our answer is, this is no more censorship than an age limit on the purchase of alcohol is prohibition.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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