Porn ban goes too far, Nick Clegg says, as he backs ‘face-sitting’ protesters

Deputy Prime Minister says politicians should have no role in deciding how people ‘get their kicks’ and should not ‘stick their nose’ into the bedroom

Westminster whipped up by porn protest

Westminster whipped up by porn protest 
New porn laws banning spanking and caning go too far and Government should not be “sticking their nose into people’s bedrooms”, Nick Clegg has said.
The Deputy Prime Minister backed Liberal Democrat MPs who are opposing a ban on a list of erotic acts being shown in porn because they have been judged “harmful”.
He said that some if the acts may seem “exotic” and others “deeply unappetising” but it is not for politicians to decide how people “get their kicks”.
Last week protesters gathered opposite Parliament simulating sex-acts – such as “face-sitting” which will be banned under the new laws.
They were protesting against new rules introduced by the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 which mean that paid-for porn watched online will have to comply with the current British Board of Film Censors guidelines.
Mr Clegg appears to back the protesters as he said the new regulations had not got the balance right, and that the state should not invade the privacy of people’s bedrooms.
He told his monthly press conferences that he shared some of the concerns raised by his MPs: “It is not a prurient judgement of whether we approve or not of someone’s behaviour of the privacy of their bedroom. It is not the role of politicians to cast moral judgements on that.”
“It’s whether we think that in a free society, people should be free to do things that many people might find exotic at mildest or deeply unappetising at worst, but it’s their freedom to do so.
“That seems to me to be is a classic liberal assertion.”
He added: “Government is not there to stick its nose in the bedroom as long as people are not doing things which are illegal under the law.
“It’s not really for us to judge how people get their kicks, but it is our role to make sure the law is upheld, and that the law does not encroach on private spaces where the law has no role to intrude.”

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