Bill Aitken – sexist shitebag.

If you’re a Tory, you’re pretty much already a contemptible little prick. If you’re a Scottish Tory, then you’re up there with Bond villains – you’ve basically chosen to become something EVERYONE AROUND YOU DESPISES. That might explain why Bill Aitken made comments earlier, that a woman who was raped might have been a prostitute.

Little Prick

In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Aitken said of lane rapes (4 of which have occured in Glasgow city centre since Christmas) “I really think we need to know a bit more about these. They are not always as they seem to be, put it that way.”

When he was asked to explain what he meant, he said “Somebody should be asking her what she was doing in Renfrew Lane. Did she go there with somebody? … Now, Renfrew Lane is known as a place where things happen, put it that way.” The “things that happen” are men buying women for sex of course. But instead of condemning this, Bill – after immediately assuming a woman in Glasgow at night in a certain area is a prostitute – condemns the victim, the woman who is bought to be abused.

Of course there is no evidence except Bill’s prejudice to suggest the woman was a prostitute. But even if she was, does it make it any less of a crime? When rich folk get burgled or mugged, Tories don’t blame them for being a victim of crime because they flaunted their wealth. When it comes to rape, there’s a disturbingly high % of people (including young men) who blame women for their ordeal. At the same time it’s prostitutes – and not their abusive consumers – who are persecuted by the police, with many of them currently jailed in the Cornton Vale woman’s prison.

This viewpoint obviously is represented in the corridors of the legal establishment as well – Bill Aitken (currently Tory spokesperson on Law and Order) was formally a District Court Judge and a Justice of the Peace. With people like Aitken in these positions it’s probably unsurprising that Scotland’s rape conviction is shockingly low – less than 4%. While Aitken is no longer a Justice of the Peace or a District Judge, his involvement in legal matters has not ended – disgracefully he is chair of the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament. Someone who insults and demeans rape victims has no place in Parliament, let alone a committee that’s meant to be run in the interests of victims.

7 Comments

  1. Mairtin says:

    Is there any way he can be asked/forced/pushed out of his position as convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee? Notable, by the way, is Scottish Tory Leader Annabel Goldie’s refusal to condemn or criticise his opinions…

  2. mhairi mcalpine says:

    This is disgraceful.

    You simply cant have a Law and Order spokesman excusing violent crime because of who it might be perpetrated against.

    He actually went further than you have mentioned in the blog, suggesting that women who have been drinking make false allegations. Rather than being concerned that rapists who target women who have been drinking are not prosecuted.

    He needs to go…and quickly.

  3. Sarah says:

    The Herald article about his comments made my jaw drop to the floor at least 5 times.

    It’s funny how Tories care so much about ‘law and order’.. Except when real crime that really harms people happens. It’s almost as if they don’t care about women…

  4. lydia says:

    God, I hope he dies of a long heart attack and we all get to see him wither away live on telly.

  5. Meghan says:

    Hear hear. What a dreadful man. Folk like him shouldn’t be in any sort of authoritative position. The idea that rape is ever ‘deserved’ or somehow ‘asked for’ is truly and utterly detestable.

  6. Euan Benzie says:

    I was a but uneasy recently sticking those “Take out the Tories” stickers around Aberdeen, now I have no remorse. This man has to lose his job, apologise and if the Tories have any morals he will be expelled from the party. This is the sort of attitude that has plagues our society for years and it has to stop.

  7. cullens91 says:

    What a sick man, how someone in his position can imply that rape has levels of seriousness depending on whom it is committed is disgusting. Rape is rape. What utterly contemptible bastards the tories are, he deserves a lynch mob at his door.

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