ROLF'S LAST CURTAIN CALL
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
I don’t believe he is in any sense a paedophile. Rolf Harris is just a dirty old man. He is a talented octogenarian from another age where girls learnt to fend for themselves. Under the shadow of a despicable Jimmy Savile and in a climate of paedophile purges, he was always a gonner.
I copped a barrage of abuse for suggesting his guilt, but when his own friends had warned me not to allow my kids near him, and monitoring the time he had spent at my home, it was hard to believe otherwise.
Regardless, when he attends court again this Friday, he will likely suffer a custodial sentence. But he shouldn’t, he is no threat to anyone, not now. A jail sentence will serve only to assuage the hurt of his victims.
Rolf was caught in the net of those trawling for paedophile fish and a name like Rolf Harris ensured applause for a big one that didn’t get away.
It’s a tragic shame that such an Aussie icon fell foul of decency and British justice. But Harris was more than a touchy feely pervert. Like many adored entertainers he felt he could freely follow his testosterone flushes with impunity.
Harris needs to be punished for crimes committed up to a half century ago but the presiding judge will consider that he is already condemned to suffer devastating shame for what remains of his shattered life.
Harris was just one of numerous “uncles” of families we learnt to placate or avoid, they were everywhere then and it must be asked if contemporaneous sentencing should apply to a bygone age.
I now feel sorry for him and his devoted family and I expect another barrage of abuse for that, but yesterday we lost a part of our talented heritage.
Rolf Harris lost everything.