The bloke who encouraged Prime Minister David Cameron to censor the internet to protect kids from evil paedophiles has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Patrick Rock has been closely involved in drawing up Government policy on internet porn filters. It seems that while he was filling David’s head with the terrors of paedophiles he was at the centre of a police probe over images of child abuse.
Detectives from the National Crime Agency even searched No 10 and examined IT systems and offices used by Rock who was the deputy director of the Downing Street policy unit.
According to the Daily Mail, Rock was a protégé of Margaret Thatcher and has held a series of senior posts in the Conservative Party and was described as Cameron’s ‘policy fixer’. He was about to be rewarded with a Conservative peerage.
It is not the first time that Rock has been in trouble. He was also been the subject of a sexual harassment complaint from a civil servant working in Downing Street. That particular complaint was buried by Cameron’s advisors which miffed the rest of the staff at Number 10.
Cameron’s time with Rock goes back to the Home Office, where they both worked under Michael Howard in the 1990s. When Cameron brought him back into Downing Street in 2011, that move welcomed by critics as heralding the return of a ‘grown up’ to the centre of government.
Although Rock is innocent until proved guilty, his arrest has made Cameron’s crusade against internet porn look more than a little stupid. There is a psychological theory which states that those who complain most about some something usually have something dark to hide about it. The thought that an anti-child porn law might have been drawn up by the very person it was designed to catch leads many to wonder if it was really designed to create a semblance of a law while never actually arresting real paedophiles. Rock was arrested under the old laws, which seemed to be working rather well.