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Nick Clegg approves of face-sitting protests and says porn ban has gone ‘too far’

Joseph McCormick December 16, 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister has offered his backing to protests against a new ban on UK porn production, during which demonstrators sat on each others’ faces.

Brought in by the Audiovisual Media Services regulation 2014 last week, the ban states that any online paid-for porn such as Video on Demand (VoD) must adhere to the same rules set out for those producing DVDs.

Those rules are set out by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC), and ban producers from depicting acts such as fisting, female ejaculation and face-sitting in porn for paid consumption.

Nick Clegg opposes the new measures, and says the Government should not be “sticking their nose into people’s bedrooms”.

Speaking at his monthly press conferences, he said: “It is not a prurient judgement of whether we approve or not of someone’s behaviour of the privacy of their bedroom. It is not the role of politicians to cast moral judgements on that.

“It’s whether we think that in a free society, people should be free to do things that many people might find exotic at mildest or deeply unappetising at worst, but it’s their freedom to do so.

“That seems to me to be is a classic liberal assertion.”

Continuing, he added: “Government is not there to stick its nose in the bedroom as long as people are not doing things which are illegal under the law.

“It’s not really for us to judge how people get their kicks, but it is our role to make sure the law is upheld, and that the law does not encroach on private spaces where the law has no role to intrude.”

Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert is pushing for the ban to be debated in Parliament, saying that the government should not prevent any adult from watching legal and consensual sex.

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