David Noel James, Baron of Blackheath, and his wife were horrified. The conservative Tory peer and his wife (who is a youth justice officer) were driving to Twickenham for a rugby game when they drove past a bus of children mooning them. Lord James wants the government to mete out punishment and not simply turn the other cheek at the little hoodlums.
Lord James, 75, explained that the incident ruined his attempt to convince his wife that going to a rugby match was “not the equivalent of being found in bed with a supermodel on a Saturday afternoon.” Then it happened. James explained delicately “to your lordships as we are in mixed company.”
He said his wife “was totally horrified by the sight of the school buses coming down the road to Twickenham filled full of children who were indulging in a pastime I believe is called mooning . . . The sight of some 40 school children mooning simultaneously is not a pretty sight. She was horrified.” I assume a chorus of harumphs followed the harrowing account of the Lady James and her ride to the rugby match.
Most interesting was his wife’s response as the youth justice officer: she wanted every mooning boy to be locked up for a year. Given the relatively low sentencing that characterizes the country. After all, you apparently get less than two years for burning disabled people to death and only seven years for killing your autistic son by getting him to drink bleach in England.
James quotes his wife as asking “‘Why aren’t they being brought into court? I would put them away for a year if I got them’.” The matter is now before the Parliament in its consideration of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.