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15 December 2012

Parent and porn fan Dave Kerrigan: "I hate children being exposed to pornography as much as the next man, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water."

LONDON, United Kingdom -- British politicians have rejected plans to automatically block internet access to pornography on all computers, saying the move is not widely supported.

A public consultation found that 35% of parents wanted an automatic bar, while 15% wanted some content filtered, and an option to block other material. The other 50% shuffled their feet uncomfortably, and mumbled something unconvincing about freedom of speech, before swallowing guiltily and looking off, watery-eyed, into the distance.

The automatic block would have meant users would have had to actively request that pornographic content was made available by their ISP. One participant in the consultation told us, "It would have been like the olden days, when if you wanted to see porn, you had to go to a shop and have an actual conversation with another human being. And God help you if you didn't want 'regular' porn, if you were into [horrific act omitted] or, like, [horrific act omitted], you just kept your mouth shut. The internet came as such a relief. You could look up anything, without having to actually say what got you off out loud. That's why I voted against this ban. No one wants to ring up an operator in Bombay and say, 'Can you make Red Indian scat videos come up on my laptop please?'"

Yet not everyone was pleased with the outcome. The charity The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) criticised the government's stance, confronting the ministers at the press conference: "Given that half of the parents who took part in the government consultation wanted this option, we are concerned their views have not been heard. Hardcore pornographic videos are just a few clicks away and a quarter of children have been sent unsolicited sexual material online."

Geoffrey Chalmers, the spokesman for the report, replied: "Yes, that's a perfectly valid concern.... These 'few clicks', as you say. Where does one have to click exactly? To see all the hardcore stuff I mean?"

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