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Listen to Cliff!

(Posted on 05/12/18)

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Listen to Cliff!

According to The Sun, Sir Cliff Richard “sparked fury” last week after telling his Loose Women hosts he'd rather ten guilty people go free than one innocent person suffer.

Sir Cliff, who successfully sued the BBC over its coverage of the 2014 police raid on his home, said there were many like him, falsely accused of historic sex abuse:

"There’s not just a few of them, there’s an army of us. I’ve had so many letters. Some people have spent two years in prison and been innocent. If we don’t change the law, it’s going to keep happening to innocent people.

"When I was in the court with the BBC, I saw a quote that I loved: a judge Blackstone from way back."

An 18th-century lawyer, judge and MP, William Blackstone was politically and morally conservative, seeing morals and the law as set down by God. His ratio to prevent miscarriage of justice echoes the Book of Genesis, in which Abraham pleas for Sodom:

"Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? What if ten are found there?" 

"I will not destroy it for the ten's sake,” God replies.

While fellow-believer Sir Cliff may be a fan, some viewers evidently weren’t, responding via Twitter that his comments were “gross and abhorrent”.

We say “Congratulations!” Must be nearly Christmas.