There are two possible explanations for the rape scandal now engulfing the police and Crown Prosecution Service. The first is rank incompetence and the second is ideology.
Clearly, competence has hardly been on display in the two rape cases that have collapsed within the space of one week. These could have caused devastating miscarriages of justice against the two defendants who were unjustly charged.
This cannot simply be explained away, however, by carelessness or bungling. The real reason is that, from top to bottom of the criminal justice system, the view has taken hold that men are getting away with rape because there aren’t enough prosecutions and convictions.
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