MGM: Is Bob Neill MP, Chairman, Justice Committee, (a) unaware of the legal position, (b) unaware and unwilling to find out, or (c) aware, but refuses to admit it?

Since the launch of Campaign for Merit in Business in early 2012, and the launch of J4MB in early 2013, our repeated attempts (and those of others interested in men’s and boys’ human rights) to engage with politicians, including government ministers, as well as government departments, have proven fruitless, other than to alert our followers and others to the extent to which the state has no interest in men’s and boys’ human rights, other than to assault them, usually to privilege women and girls.

We cannot think of one area in which individuals or organizations have had any success in rolling back the state’s anti-male assaults, or privileging of females.

When we’ve formally engaged with government, such as giving oral evidence to a House of Commons inquiry on ‘Women in the Workplace’ in 2012 – video (56:49) here – our factual evidence has been ignored, or rejected without explanation. This simply reinforces our conviction that we must make as large an impact as possible ‘on the ground’, and just before Xmas I’ll be starting three and a half years of campaigning in Theresa May’s constituency, Maidenhead, in preparation for the May 2020 general election.

We keep devoting time and effort to attempting engagement, because we’re building up an ever-growing database of evidence of the government’s hostility towards men’s and boys’ human rights. An example happened today.

Last Monday – four days ago – I mailed a letter to Bob Neill MP (C, Bromley & Chislehurst), who’s the Chairman of the Justice Committee. He’s also a barrister – who could be in a better position to engage with the point about MGM being illegal? His short dismissive response is here. The key extract:

You claim the practice is unlawful, but I am neither a judge nor a legal adviser and cannot comment on correct interpretation of the law.

This is remarkable. The ‘correct interpretation of the law’ would be obvious to a first-year law student. MGM is illegal under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and (I am reliably informed) earlier Common Law. So, is Bob Neill MP, Chair, Justice Committee:

(a) unaware of the legal position, or

(b) unaware and unwilling to find out, or

(c) aware, but refuses to admit it?

I cannot think of other alternatives, please send a comment if you can. All the alternatives show him in a poor light, in increasing degrees of seriousness. There is certainly not the slightest sign of concern about the mutilation of male minors’ genitals.

In my letter I wrote of our protests in Luton, Golders Green, and elsewhere, and:

We are prepared to risk violence and even death in pursuit of an end to MGM in the UK.

Any right-minded reader would surely interpret the statement as meaning that protestors, not those who oppose us, will be at risk of violence and even death. Yet Bob Neill disingenuously replied to the point with the following, uses it as part of his reason for declining a meeting:

I note with great concern your willingness ‘to risk violence and even death in pursuit of an end to MGM in the UK’. I hope this is merely an accident of language, but such expressions could be interpreted as threatening: I urge you to take greater care in how you convey your position.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • “can’t be arsed” would cover it I think.

  • cheannaich

    Ok Mike, Let me stick my neck out. I agree with your passion but when it comes to emotive words, the opposition will pounce on anything you say and be more than happy to misinterpret it. I feel a bit like the pot calling the kettle black in this respect, especially since I acknowledge that your website has toned down some of my more passionate expressions, used in a derogatory manner, to have a rant at some misandristic SJW. All the more so when I was probably in uniform before said bint was in liquid form.
    I agree with the sentiments of nrjnigel’s post and understand that for someone with your commitment the constant negativety can get you down. Sir Bob neil knows which side his bread is buttered and stepping out of line will result in repercussions, probably hence why you received said negative reply.

  • More disturbing than even his love of MGM is his determination to construe just about anything as a “threat”. This gradual cultural slippage of the definition of threat and violence has been going on for years, no doubt with feminazis largely behind it.

    As another example of this look at the most recent nonsense put out by police thug Jeff Carter telling people that if they wear clown costumes to scare someone then they’ll be arrested and given a criminal record:

    I don’t know about you, but when I was younger that was normal!!! Of course, you can’t push back against this nonsense by self-censoring and playing by their rules. So as far as I’m concerned I’d tell Jeff Carter to go jump off a cliff.

  • This is a small point but referring to someone as a “Chair” is politically correct so I never do it. I say Chairman or if I want to take the piss Chairhuman