Well, I turn my back for five minutes and the whole world goes completely nuts. Now there is an insane allegation against Cliff Richard, backed up by a probably-illegal dawn raid on a house he wasn’t in, which he moved into a few years ago, to look for evidence of something that was supposed to have happened decades ago. Oh, and the police didn’t think to inform Mr. R although they managed to tip off the BBC, who got there first. That’s modern British justice in action.
They would never have dared do this while Rik Mayall was alive.
Cliff went from (for his day) a pretty much pure young lad (no, he wasn’t perfect, but compared to many of his contemporaries…) to full-on committed Christian. Could he have abstained from all the fun in life for all these years? There have always been rumours that he’s gay but anyone who doesn’t poke their man-bit into any available orifice these days gets those rumours. So we can brush those aside.
Heck, even Simon Cowell has been accused of being gay. He got someone else’s wife pregnant! What does a celeb have to do these days? Get filmed in the act? Oh, right, some already have.
Compare Cliff’s conversion from pretty nice guy into someone so sweet it’s sickening with Tiny Tim’s conversion from hedonist to Christian. Tiny Tim would never have been allowed to join the Kinks because he was too kinky, but all that changed and he became almost asexual, to the point where he hated himself for the occasional lonely hand crank. Which cannot possibly harm anyone because nobody else is there.
If Tiny Tim could make such a huge switch in lifestyle on becoming Christian, then Cliff’s change would barely register.
I don’t believe this allegation against Cliff. I am amazed that even the CPS took it seriously. I suspect the handling of that raid on his house will gert the case busted, if nothing else. And ‘nothing else’ is what the CPS has – if they had so much as a photo with a child in the background, we’d have heard about it by now.
They have an allegation that something happened nearly three decades ago and they have one person’s word that it happened. That is it. On that basis they want to take down God’s own chanter. This could be the wall this paedohunt has been speeding towards.
But Cliff should be arrested and charged, not on the basis of some made-up allegation but because of that repeated line in ‘Living Doll’.
‘Fies my soul?’ Nobody should be allowed to get away with that.