May 15th, 2014

Rape Crisis Slam Mitchell as Ed Twiddles Thumbs

Rape Crisis England and Wales has slammed Labour MP Austin Mitchell for his comments comparing Pfizer to “rapists”, saying that they show he “cares little” for rape victims and condemning him for his failure to apologise:

“It is deeply disappointing that, in 2014, public figures and elected representatives still think it’s appropriate to trivialise rape with careless language and casual metaphor.

This episode suggests Austin Mitchell is not aware of how very many survivors of sexual violence are among his electorate, or the audience to any speech he gives, and that he knows or cares little about what it’s like to live with the aftermath of such terrifying crimes.

It is particularly disrespectful to survivors that he hasn’t had the good grace to apologise properly for his

Mitchell is still refusing to apologise for the comment, in direct defiance of party command. A strong leader would have hamstrung Mitchell midway through his extensive broadcast round last night, but instead Ed just looked on. Given Miliband has been so willing to use Rape Crisis in the past to tee up questions at PMQs attacking the government, perhaps he willing to listen to them again this time.


  1. 1
    Bosun Higgs says:

    While Mitchell is a clot, nobody should be allowed to decide that a certain word is taboo. We need a word for any violent, wicked assault; otherwise we should have to refer the Japanese not-very-nice-Occupation of Nanjing, for instance.

  2. 2
    Tweeters controlling what can and cannot be said can fuck right off says:

    Farcical nonsense.

  3. 3
    Say what you will says:

    Political correctness is getting in their way of trying to send a message, if they had said it differently it would have hit it’s target, now it makes them look like politically correct twits who are just part of the problem we have with saying something in this country, 0 out of 10.

  4. 4
    Axelbroke says:

    Too soon for a cost of r@pe crisis joke?

  5. 5
    Ctesibius says:

    No he won’t. It’s quite clear that ‘hatespeak’ is something lefties can do freely without a peep from Labour or the BBC (Diane Abbott making racist comments, Austin Mitchell sexist), but if a ‘Tory’ is alleged to hav used the word ‘pleb’ (which he didn’t) it’s a major issue.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Oh, do fuck off Geedo

  7. 7
    Liar.Politicians says:

    Maybe these liberal should look up in a dictionary the word “rape”, there is more than one definition. So shut up!

  8. 8
    A Dictionary says:

    So what are we saying here? Pfizer aren’t hell bent on plundering an important compoany which does a lot of important work here in the UK?

  9. 9
    Will says:

    Over at the guardian they are still defending Mitchell despite many commentators berating him. Mind you quite a few are blaming the Tory mp who complained about his use of language. And the guardian wonders why its still losing readers and money.

  10. 10
    Liar.Politicians says:

    Self censorship to satisfy the limp wristed liberals and lefties, trying to re-write history to suit their agenda.

  11. 11
    Mollie Bidenham says:

    Mitchell faces leftie and radfem wrath for telling the truth. Fuck ‘em.

  12. 12
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    What an absolute fool Clegg is!
    Paying £55 million A DAY to EU and THEY run OUR country! OUT NOW!!!

  13. 13
    Owen Jones says:

    Nigel Farage says that homosexuality makes most people over 70 uncomfortable.

    I’m guessing they’re just not using enough lube.

  14. 14
    Lord Stansted says:

    Mitchell didn’t use the phrase “r’pe crisis”, he used the word “r’pe”, which, as previous contributors to this organ have point out, has meanings other that forced s’xual intercourse. Are farmers to apologise for planting r’peseed?

    Really Guido, it is extremely tiresome to use punctuation marks to get round moderation.

  15. 15
    C O (Ξ7s1) says:

    If A’ustin was advocating sexual violence then the Crisis chaps have a very powerful point. But they are clearly attempting to get some cheap publicity for their cause off the back of the media storm about a tweet. Shoddy.

  16. 16
    Not in my name says:

    And outside the PC Political bubble nobody gives a flying fornication.

  17. 17
    Hugh Janus says:

    A little OTT perhaps, but then there is always someone waiting in the wings to be ‘offended’. And leaping on a passing bandwagon in the hope of gaining some publicity may be another reason. Either way, it is tedious and, in my case, totally unproductive.

    Many fought for our libery to speak as we please. We should not squander this right.

  18. 18
    Winston says:

    Zzzzzzzzz….yawn. This blog is getting so petty. Let’s have some serious reporting. I hear that a UKIP candidate farted on a doorstep, yesterday.

  19. 19
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    The oh so quiet Harriet Harman.

  20. 20
    jgm2 says:

    This is just a bit of ‘fun’ at Mitchell’s expense. As he rightly points out , nobody has a problem when the bed-wetters go on about the r*a*p*e of the environment and nobody is seriously suggesting that Mitchell was calling the Pfizer board a gang of r*a*p*i*sts in the sense of a bunch of serial sex offenders.

    So what’s the fucking problem?

    This confected ‘offence-taking’ pisses me off when Labour does it and, while it’s mildly entertaining to see them wriggle when the shoe is on the other foot, I would much rather the Tories were sticking it to Labour 24/7 for totally wrecking the UK economy.

  21. 21
    Dai Vershun says:

    Don’t look over there…look over here!

  22. 22
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    I heard that too.

  23. 23
    Gordon Brown says:

    I got up this morning and there was an enormous jobbie in my jammies.

  24. 24
    tigerowl says:

    How do you think Switzerland feels. They wish to trade with the EU. They too have to pay. And they have no say in making the rules. Exactly the situation farage and UKIP want Britain to be in if we come out.
    largest trading block on the planet and UKIP want out to trade with…. well WHO?
    The old commonwealth does not need anything we have to offer.
    Took Switzerland years to negotiate trade deals and what do Switzerland export compared to the UK?
    UKIP just fooling people and them selves that we would do wonderful outside the EU.
    Until UKIP come up with the details, they need to be put back in their little box.

  25. 25
    Anoneumouse says:

    Oxford Dictionary



    The wanton destruction or spoiling of a place: e.g.
    the rape of the countryside

  26. 26
    Victoria Gillick says:

    But wasn’t it Pfizer that developed the morning after pill?

  27. 27
    A Dictionary says:

    True. It does have its uses, though, in flushing out the faux outrage twats in the Tory Party who are really just Common Purpose wannabes – or worse.

  28. 28
    Alisdair Darling says:

    I hope it stays a British Jobbie after the Scottish referendum.

  29. 29

    Ed’s inability to deal with senior Labour grandees such as Mitchell was echoed from the Sir Stuart Bell scandal. Miliband was told to “fuck off” by the arrogant Middlesbrough MP. I’d happily bring some discipline to the Labour party.

  30. 30
    word crime says:

    Fuss about nothing. People have always used the word r@pe to describe many things.

    Why in 2014 has it suddenly become a word that must not be used?

  31. 31
    Gaping hole says:

  32. 32
    Fog says:

    Is this the stage of evolution where we become so afraid of saying anything which may be perceived to be offensive that our telepathic brain function is enhanced so that we may communicate without fear of prosecution?

  33. 33
    PIE apologists says:

    Try lard. We do.

  34. 34
    Alisdair Darling says:

    He who smellt it dealt it.

  35. 35
    Ray P says:

    If Geedo is going to post a blog on the r@pe word, would it not be prudent to un mod the r@pe word?

  36. 36
    The Tit in No. 10, urging Scots to keep in the UK says:

    I appeal in particular to that fine band of Scottish Homosexualists – especially in the Gorballs area, and I ask one simple question – where would you be without my BumSex Bill?

    And in closing, I plead with you all to Trust me! I give you my word! – and you know me well enough by now!

  37. 37
    Granny says:

    Yes, she’s been as sweet as PIE recently.

  38. 38
    Anjem says:


  39. 39
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Where is the gobby Jo Swinson, unlike her to miss a band wagon like this

  40. 40
    MPs are a strange lot. Infanticide OK, words bad says:

    How come MPs get all worked up about a mere word? But pass laws allowing the actual killing of healthy babies?

  41. 41
    Hang 'em High - Really High! (own piano wire provided) says:

    “Rope” ??? don’t understand – I use piano wire anyway.

  42. 42
    Lord Stansted says:

    Rubbish – get off the bandwagon. Mitchell should be given a medal.

  43. 43
    Dicktionary says:

  44. 44

    And for wrecking the Welsh NHS.

  45. 45
    Austin Tash says:

    Sorry, I didn’t get the memo about ‘r@pe’ being added to the verboten word list. Humble apologies, won’t do it again.

    Or is this a case of a bunch of bandwagon-jumping politicians who don’t know the various meanings of the word ‘r@pe’?

  46. 46
    Lord Stansted says:

    as in the R”ay”pe of Belgium in 1914

  47. 47
    Lord Stansted says:

    Well said. Guido has gone very pc on this one.

  48. 48

    Ed’s track record on discipline of senior Labour grandees such as Mitchel and rogue Middlesbrough MP Sir Stuart Bell is woeful.

  49. 49
    Brassica Napus says:

    Ahh, trying to conduct the news agenda are we?

  50. 50
    Both Mr Pootyn and Rumpy Pumpy says:

    We’re working on it – especially detector vans

  51. 51
  52. 52
    H@rry Co!e says:

    Me thinks Mitchell is just having a bit of mischievous fun at his colleagues expense before he retires next year.

  53. 53
  54. 54
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    Got the word C0ck in the link, is that also allowed now?

  55. 55
    F uc k wit Perry says:

  56. 56
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    I’ll try that again as I got modded…

    I think this is getting closer to Pope’s “R@pe of the Lock” m’lord

  57. 57
    Roger"I'm so sexy it hurts" Helmer says:

    With UKIP, always remember you’re dealing with the far left hand side of the Bell Curve.

  58. 58
    Londoner says:

    Ha, you expect Stella to say anything on this? She is silent on everything that matters. She has no public position on the mismanagement, thefts and corruption in her local authority or on muslim and extremist entryism in her own local Labour Party.

    On national stuff she says next to nowt that is interesting but her 100% record blindly following the whip says it all. A modern machine politician pretending to be something else on twitter.

  59. 59
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    And with Labour, and in particular Ed M, you’ll be dealing with the Bell End.

  60. 60
    Casual Observer 2 says:

    Tough it out Austin !!!!

    Fuck all the PC wannabe censors.

  61. 61
    The Sun says:

    Guido likes Rupe.

  62. 62
    still walking into darkness says:

    could be worse, imagine if a UKIP person had said the ‘r’ word.

    The whole thing sticks of Liblabcon false horror

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

  64. 64
    Meanwhile... says:

    850 foreign offenders in British jails because they can’t be deported

    R@pists and murderers among criminals using human rights laws to remain in Britain at £34m yearly cost to taxpayers

  65. 65
    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    What does White Dee think of the Pfizer takeover? Has she tweeted her opinion yet?

  66. 66
    Owen Jones,Socialist turned Capitalist says:

    What’s Mo Ansar going to do now he’s been thrown out of the legal profession?

  67. 67
    still walking into darkness says:

    I imagine Switzerland is just fine with her perpetual neutrality thank you very much. Very high standard of living, well educated people and they run their own affairs. They are obliged to trade predominantly with the EU due to their geographic position but I’m fairly sure planes can fly into Geneva whenever they might want to trade elsewhere, and could it just be that they don’t want the EU meddling into their world of private banking.

    As for saying we’re part of the largest trading bloc, er, not true and what’s wrong with trading with whomever we want.

    I won’t call you an idiot as that would just be rude

  68. 68
    The Growler says:

    ” A strong leader would have hamstrung Mitchell midway through his extensive broadcast round last night, but instead Ed just looked on. ” So what do think Dave the Magnificent would have said, oh I know, “He has my full backing and confidence, a little unguarded comment admittedly” So what Geedes by what metaphor should Mitchell use, “smash and grab”, everyone knows what Mitch meant, nothing in reallity to do with the rape of women, purly metaphorical. Still that Astra-Zenaca research place is in a Con constituency and it is just not A-Z employees that will feel the draft, it is all the supporting firms, retailers who in turn employ other people.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Oh it’s for the moderation, I thought we were all being Northerners for a day…

  70. 70
    The Growler says:

    Don’t like it chuck?

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  72. 72
    The Growler says:

    He could have said “smash and grab”

  73. 73
    A SpokesPerson for The Race and ‘Oomun Roits Industries says:

    Thank you! We can report it’s boom time!

    Profits are up thanks to greater Public awareness of the little nooks and crannies from which it is possible to extract dosh.
    Government Grants and Pay-offs have never been higher.
    And there are more opportunities than ever for people and minority groups to feel oppressed, exploited, and generally put upon.
    So come on all you sad whining misfits – let’s be hearing from you! It’s money for you! Money for us! And, better still, you help get Gordon back in power!!

  74. 74
    Nicholas Soames says:

    This Austin Mitchell chap has,to my eye, the haunted look of a gardner discovered in the butlers pantry swigging an illicit port

  75. 75
    Bed Hair says:

    Morning. I’ve just got up…

    Any particular words I’m not alowed to say today?

    Thanks in advance.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Who pays for the femnazis?

  77. 77
    The Growler says:

    C, “but if a ‘Tory’ is alleged to hav used the word ‘pleb’ (which he didn’t) it’s a major issue. ” so what did did he say, he refused to say, that would have burst the bubble right from the start.

  78. 78
    Rodger Helmur says:

    10. A bit of harmless fun.

  79. 79
    Digger says:

    Wanna stay do they?

    Only fair they help pay for their keep then.

    I believe there’s a Trans-Atlantic tunnel to be dug.

    Hand digging is always so bracing – so a few shovels and a barrow, – and we’re away!

    Am sure Cornwall wouldn’t mind lending a corner of a field on a cliff-top for such vital work.

  80. 80
    Sunny Jim says:

    Labour. The REAL Nasty Party

  81. 81
    'Mad' Hatty H.Person says:

    Come and see me in my rooms big boy! I’ll let you in something.

  82. 82
    The Growler says:

    He is trying his best, poor chap is exhausted complying with the Masters orders. Will UKip knock the smirk on Dave’s face, will Laughing Nige having the last laugh at Dave, will the Master swop sides to UKip (Geedes will look rather silly, could have said with egg on his face butb I would have been lambasted for wasting eggs)

  83. 83
    jgm2 says:

    Sorry, I should have said I would much rather the Tories went after Labour for r*a*p*ing the UK economy.

  84. 84
    Say what you will says:

    He could have done, but he said what he said, nothing wrong with the word, all these PC twits have done is make the word into a single meaning and destroyed it’s value to them, as people will now be careful that they don’t use it, so PC correctness loses a mass of PR for these idiots,, never in the field of stupidity has so many lefties lost so much PR because of their political correctness in insisting certain words are reserved for them to use to suppress the rest of the people of the country.

  85. 85
    rick says:

    Well said.
    Also, without the UK, the EU will have less leverage to create the tons of restrictive trade and manufacturing regulations etc.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    “This episode suggests Austin Mitchell is not aware of how very many survivors of sexual violence are among his electorate”
    Or maybe he equates monopolists who place their desires above the will/welfare of others, to be similarly deficient in terms of any iota of empathetic emotion.

  87. 87
    The Critic says:

    He said he did not say the word I believe? Sadly few credible witnesses. The Police Federation saw to that.

  88. 88
    The Critic says:

    So why did poor old Austin back track on what he tweeted?

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    what does the rapists union have to say about being compared with a chemical company

  90. 90
    Exam setter says:

    It is becoming obvious that the Shirley Williams chickens are now coming home to roost.

    What can’t these fuckwits go away and learn a bit about comprehension of the English language and its nuances. They really do make themselves look like adult 5 year olds.

  91. 91
    By Cuspid says:

    We’ve been told for fucking years that we are “influencing” EU policy! So why is it such mammoth clusterfuck, and why have ALL the EU bigwigs told Cameron to fuck off with his re-negotiation?

    tigerowl = LibLabCon Troll!

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    He would have had the shopkeepers’ Union up in arms for denigrating their dramatic experience and suffering.

  93. 93
    Rotherhampoofta says:

    The offended have become offended again!

  94. 94
    Gerbil 7 says:

    Get a fucking grip.

  95. 95
    Austin Mitchell's Sock Puppet says:

    We should refer (if we refer to anything) to the Oxford English dictionary.

    A recognised definition of rape in that dictionary:

    Noun: The wanton destruction or spoiling of a place
    Verb: Spoil or destroy (a place)

    That is an excellent description of what Pfizer has planned for AstraZeneca. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either ignorant of the pharmaceutical industry, hopelessly naive, or in line for a massive pay-out from the deal.

    Why should Austin Mitchell be criticised for speaking the truth as he sees it? Particularly when he is bang on the money. Should we no longer call The Queen by her proper title because it may be offensive to homosexuals? What total tosh.

  96. 96
    Ed The Weak says:

    Ed refuses to show leadership. Mitchell must be a stooge for him to deflect from Labour’s murderings in the NHS and the economy doing well.

  97. 97
    The Growler says:

    But who disabled the microphones which should have been running, at least coppers will be wearing cameras themselves and presumably voice recording at the same time.

  98. 98
    The Growler says:

    It’s getting more like a department of the Sunday Sun, say the Master’s Proper Gander Dept.

  99. 99
    Nonbeliever says:

    NO FAN of Mitchell, but where is the clamour to rename the Alexander Cordell book?

  100. 100
    Knighty46 says:

    But he who supplied it denied it

  101. 101
    Commentry says:

    I would never use a metaphor of a heinous crime. Off to the pub now, I could murder a pint….

  102. 102
    Nadine Dorries says:

    “If a stronger ‘just say no’ message was given to children in school then there might be an impact on sex abuse … if we imbued this message in school we’d probably have less sex abuse.”

    Nadine Dorries: majority of 15,152 and critic of Austin Mitchell. Kettle. Pot.

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