Owen Jones: Simon Danczuk MP has watched porn – why should we care? | Owen Jones

He’s a flawed human being but so are we all. We shouldn’t expect perfection from our politicians when it’s their judgment that counts

Simon Danczuk has watched porn, as have virtually all men. In one of the most important and closely fought elections in a generation, this apparently qualifies as a news story. Rochdale’s Labour MP has aroused much attention because of his Twitter habits: the deeply controversial backbencher blames a faulty iPhone for his account favouriting hardcore pornography. Accident or not, Danczuk “admits” – as his titillated critics describe it, though they really mean “confesses” as though an ungodly sin has been committed – to having watched porn. “I am a man of the world,” he protests. “I wouldn’t deny that sort of thing. I think we should not be too sanctimonious about this.”

A little disclaimer: Danczuk is not my No 1 fan, having once castigated me for hailing from the “posh part of Stockport”. There is no shortage of reasons for me to criticise Danczuk: our views on social security and immigration differ to say the least; though I note he is currently battling uber-troll K*tie H*pkins for stirring up racial hatred against British Pakistanis.

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