To Sir, with love!
Does anybody else out there think that a veritable mountain is being constructed from the remains of a scattered molehill with regards to a particular elopement, details of which seem to be dominating all sectors of the British media?
While I accept that Ms Stammer is under age, being a few months short of her 16th birthday, and thus needing of protection, I cannot help questioning whether she really would be damaged by the relationship were it allowed to be continued without the interference of those people whom Chief Whips should avoid calling plebs.
For all his foolish naivitee, Mr Forrest does genuinely appear to be in love with the girl. There does not seem to be any question of grooming or other more sinister motives. This incident aside, he appears to be a pleasant, educated, intelligent and respectable chap. Megan’s father described him as a ‘good bloke’.
Megan herself seems to be a well balanced teenager from a good family. There are no overt signs of troubling behaviour. Apart from her age, she does not come across as a particularly vulnerable individual. She seemed entirely complicit and the relationship has clearly been going on for a long while. It would appear that their elopement was prompted by the sudden interest shown, by those who must not be called plebs. (Of course they screwed that up too.) Had the relationship been tolerated, it might well have fizzled out of its own accord, or quietly simmered away until such time as society was willing to be less judgmental. Other cultures around the world would not find the disparities in ages to be unusual.
Does anybody really feel that her life (his life is bound to be considered irrelevant) will be better if the pair are caught and he is sent to jail for abduction and statutory rape and whatever else Rupert Murdoch, sorry I mean the police decide to charge him with. It is also worth asking, is the expense of tracking them down really justified?
If I ruled the world, I would advise them to come back of their own accord, without charges being pressed. I would put them in different schools and allow them to have telephone contact but all physical contact must be in the presence of a chaperon, until she came of age.
I submit that just because an act happens to be in breach of the law, it does not mean it is wrong.