Spare us the ‘People’s Prostitute’ routine…

I know that this piece is over a year old, but it incensed and upset me yesterday when I read it.

The background to this is that five prostitutes were murdered in the south of England in 2006. (The case is currently being heard in the local crown court in Ipswich, and here is a link to comprehensive coverage of the case if you’re interested.) This piece in the Daily Mail Bigot was written by a particularly charming gentleman called Richard Littlejohn. The full text of the piece is posted below.

Let’s get the caveat out of the way from the off. The five women murdered in Ipswich were tragic, lost souls who met a grisly end. I sincerely hope whoever killed them is caught, charged and convicted.

No one with a shred of humanity would wish upon them their ghastly lives and horrible deaths. But Mother Teresa, they weren’t.

And I know this might sound frightfully callous in the current hysterical, emotional climate, but we’re not all guilty.

We do not share in the responsibility for either their grubby little existences or their murders. Society isn’t to blame.

It might not be fashionable, or even acceptable in some quarters, to say so, but in their chosen field of “work’=”, death by strangulation is an occupational hazard.

That doesn’t make it justifiable homicide, but in the scheme of things the deaths of these five women is no great loss.

They weren’t going to discover a cure for cancer or embark on missionary work in Darfur. The only kind of missionary position they undertook was in the back seat of a car.

Of course their friends and families are grieving. That’s what friends and families do. But they should also be asking themselves if there was anything they could have done to prevent what happened.

If you discovered your daughter had gone on the game to feed her heroin habit, wouldn’t you move heaven and earth to get her off it?

Frankly, I’m tired of the lame excuses about how they all fell victim to ruthless pimps who plied them with drugs. These women were on the streets because they wanted to be.

We are all capable of free will. At any time, one or all of them could have sought help from the police, or the church, or a charity, or a government agency specifically established to deal with heroin addicts. They chose not to.

The tortuous twistings of the sisterhood over the past week have been a joy to behold. The 30-yearold Spare Rib T-shirts have been brought out of mothballs and we’ve been treated to the All Men Are Bastards/Rapists/Murderers mantra from assorted Glendas who ought to be old enough to know better.

We’ve heard the well-rehearsed arguments for legalised and regulated prostitution, as if we were living under the Taliban. The fact is, we’ve already got de facto legal brothels on every High Street.

They’re call saunas or massage parlours.

As I remarked when the Labour MP Joe Ashton was once caught in a Siamese “sauna” in Northampton, he must have been the only man in Britain ever to go to a massage parlour for a massage. It doesn’t get much more glamorous than that.

These five women were on the streets because even the filthiest, most disreputable back-alley “sauna” above a kebab shop wouldn’t give them house room.

The men who used them were either too mean to fork out whatever a massage parlour charges, or simply weren’t fussy. Some men are actually turned on by disgusting, drug-addled street whores. Where there’s demand, there’ll always be supply.

This wasn’t a case of women going on the game to put bread on the table, or to look after their “babies”. That’s what the welfare state is for. They did it for drugs.

The gormless Guardianistas simply refuse to confront this blindingly obvious reality. They would rather deify celebrity druggies such as Kate Moss and Will Self than face the truth that hard drugs wreck lives.

What I find most objectionable about all this is the attempt to make us all feel responsible for the murders. There is a nasty whiff of Lady Di about the enforced mood of mourning, with even the Old Bill coming across like hand-wringing archbishops.

At Ipswich Town’s home game on Saturday, there was a minute’s silence. We were supposed to believe that this was a true reflection of the community’s sympathy.

I don’t buy it. Most people went along with it in the spirit of emotional correctness and through fear of getting their heads kicked in if they didn’t.

There was only one thing missing, but don’t bet against it.

When Blair gets back from saving the Middle East, don’t be surprised if he turns up at the funeral of one of these unfortunate women to deliver a lip-trembling, tear-stained eulogy: “She was the People’s Prostitute”.

Now, Littlejohn is a notorious little prick, we all know, but let’s have a look (under the jump) at what he’s really saying.

We do not share in the responsibility for either their grubby little existences or their murders. Society isn’t to blame. It might not be fashionable, or even acceptable in some quarters, to say so, but in their chosen field of “work’=”, death by strangulation is an occupational hazard.

Read: what did they expect from their shameful little lives, other than to come to a sad end? Truth be told, they probably invited it.

That doesn’t make it justifiable homicide, but in the scheme of things the deaths of these five women is no great loss. They weren’t going to discover a cure for cancer or embark on missionary work in Darfur. The only kind of missionary position they undertook was in the back seat of a car.

Read: these women deserved to die and it’s no loss because they were only prostitutes. I’m also going to allude cruelly and nastily to their work to drive my point home.

Frankly, I’m tired of the lame excuses about how they all fell victim to ruthless pimps who plied them with drugs. These women were on the streets because they wanted to be.

Read: prostitutes are never abused or ill-treated; they sell themselves because they want to. This is another reason why we really shouldn’t care. They’re scum and not worthy of our time.

This wasn’t a case of women going on the game to put bread on the table, or to look after their “babies”. That’s what the welfare state is for. They did it for drugs.

Read: they were selfish people who only thought of themselves and their filthy addictions.

These five women were on the streets because even the filthiest, most disreputable back-alley “sauna” above a kebab shop wouldn’t give them house room.

Read: these women were so disgusting to us ‘normal’ and ‘good-living’ people that no one would want to let them in their house.

I could go on, but I feel sick. This is honestly one of the vilest pieces I’ve read in a while and I feel really upset about it. The Daily Bigot is, of course, against anyone who’s not white, male, straight and middle class, so this piece doesn’t surprise me, but that doesn’t make it any less reprehensible. What I find shocking, frankly, is the number of people in the comments who agree with this nasty, woman-hating bastard. If he’s the ‘voice of the common man in England’, as I’ve heard him described, then I’m leaving.

16 responses to “Spare us the ‘People’s Prostitute’ routine…

  1. It’s misogyny of the worst order. If we inserted “black person” or “illegal Chinese immigrant” everywhere he’s written “woman”, readers would be screaming “Racism!”. But because he says this about women, and women who “choose” to be prostitutes, it’s considered acceptable.

  2. I’m stuck at “in their chosen field of work, death by strangulation is an occupational hazard”.

    I don’t think any comment I could add could damn that vile, heartless bigot any more than that sentence.

    I hope there is a Hell, just so that when the world is finally rid of Richard Littlejohn he rots in it. And that the family of those poor girls never pick up that toilet roll of a paper he works for.

  3. Blaming the victim, are we? Arrogant, vile, inhumane arsehole! These poor women are dead. Littlejohn seems disturbingly “familiar” with their milieu and is so pathologically contemptuous that one wonders if, given a twist of Fate, he might have considered murder a desirable option.

    As far as his assertion that, had those women lived, none of them would have discovered a cure for cancer or contributed to peace in Darfur? We don’t know. We can’t know. People, particularly young people, are capable of change, even transformation. In this case, potential remains unrealized.

    By the way, love, if you’re thinking of leaving–I don’t recommend America as your destination. We’ve plenty of like-minded bastards here. After all, look at our president.
    Substitute “Muslim” or “Iraqi” or “Iranian” or–that delightful term–“Islamofascist” for the epithets in Mr. Littlejohn’s article and you get another equally vile rant of the same order.

  4. I was talking about this with The Hildy. She pointed out that the same ridiculous argument could be applied to firemen. They choose to go to work in a high risk profession and any danger that they are exposed to is paid for. Why then feel sympathy when a fireman dies?

    What John LittleDick is saying is that prostitutes are not human beings but somehow something less because of what they do. That’s verging on the edge of something very dark.

  5. Charlotte, misogyny it is, and it’s disgusting. And you’re right that he can get away with it because it’s only women: if it was any other group, he’d be in a world of trouble. That said, Littlejohn has no issue with writing about immigrants, minority ethnics etc. He’s so prejudiced.

    Hover, sure! We’ll get the first boat out!

    Lism, the thought of the grieving families reading this upsets me too. Like they don’t have enough to put up with, they have to see things like this as well. Of course, that’s half of Littlejohn’s plan: hurt the families which would rear such despicable people.

    Rebecca, this is victim-blaming of the highest order and there’s a lot of it in the Daily Bigot. It’s a disgusting publication.

    People, particularly young people, are capable of change, even transformation. In this case, potential remains unrealized.

    That’s the key issue: he doesn’t see them as ‘people’. They’re animals to him, sub-human beings who didn’t have (and didn’t deserve) control over their own lives. That’s why it’s no loss that they died. Horrible.

    And you’re right about how a simple substitution of words could carry the same message about another non-privileged group of people. Of course, he would be less likely to get away with saying the same about, say, Muslims, but he’s got away with saying it about women. He should be held accountable no matter.

    Hover, good point from The Hildy about fireman. If that argument is going to carry any water, it can surely be applied to other professions also. Littledick’s message is very sinister indeed.

  6. That’s quite possibly the most closed-minded piece of writing I’ve ever read in my life. An occupational hazard? I’m literally dumbfounded. Any woman that takes control of her body and uses it to the advantage of herself and people that need to pay for sex does not deserve to die. It’s no different from pornography, from page-3, from any business venture in fact. Is a journalist commenting on other people’s lives in a [sadly] widely read paper any less dispicable? He has a job to do – and he does it. One, of course, does not hope that his own occupational hazards include being murdered, but putting out that kind of bile isn’t going to do him any favours. I’ve always seen prostitution as business. Supply and demand. And it takes a certain kind of woman to do it. I’m not saying it’s right – but there will always be that need. There will always be women who have the temperament for it. It doesn’t mean that she should die. On the contrary, prostitution is often an escape from other, more dangerous situations.

    I’m ranting. He’s a kunt. That is all.

  7. youaretheworld, it’s a disgusting piece. Completely dehumanising. He does have a job to do, yes, but there are ways and means you know. And Littlejohn is always going to go for the most offensive.

  8. When he dies (and I hope it won’t be soon, because I want it to be a long, lingering death and I want him to suffer) I am going to dance on his effing grave. And then I’ll write a blog post about how it’s sad, but let’s face it – he wasn’t exactly going to find a cure for cancer, was he?

  9. This is an exceptionally vile piece of writing but what struck me during the reports of the women’s bodies being found was the continuing use of the word “prostitute”. Headlines never read “Project Manager murdered”, and it would seem the use of their occupation over their gender to describe them was an intentional attempt to de-humanise them.

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