Derbyshire: Rape is rape, with respect.
Clarke: No it's not, and if an 18-year-old has sex with a 15-year-old and she's perfectly willing, that is rape. That's 'cause she's underage, can't consent. Anybody has sex with a 15-year-old, it's rape. So what you and I are talking about, we're talking about a man forcibly having sex with a woman and she doesn't want to. That is rape. Serious crime, of course it's a serious crime. And I'm very glad that people do now got to the police and report it. There used to be a taboo against it, in a crazy way.
Clarke should have known not to confuse a tabloid radio show hostess http://twitter.com/#!/vicderbyshire and her baying listeners, consisting mainly of the incorrigibly self-righteous and the incorrigibly ignorant, with too many facts.
Statutory Rape and Jailbait
Being a lawyer, he wanted to show off his knowledge about statutory rape by explaining it to a lay audience. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statutory_rape.
Some of you may be familiar with the term "jailbait" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jailbait - an Americanism. I still remember how an American acquintance once thought it was a great compliment to repeatedly tell a very pretty and posh English girl that she was jailbait, to the distaste and horror of those around him.
This means, boys and girls, that even if it was the under-aged girl who offered to have sex with you and it was all her idea, and it was she who jumped your bones, you're gonna get done for statutory rape when she decides she doesn't love you any more and is feeling a bit vindictive. Understand?
Is Ed Miliband a complete shit for asking him to resign over something like this?
Does the Labour Party believe in responsible Opposition?
We all know the answer to that, don't we?