Although 21st Century British legal guidelines were used to assess the severity of the crimes the judge was "limited to the maximum sentences that were available at the time the offences were committed."
The judge made it plain that if he was issuing a maximum sentence based on today's standards Gadd would be handed down a life sentence.
The judge went on to say "the modern equivalent offence of unlawful intercourse with a child under 13 would be equivalent to rape of a child, but said he was not permitted to pass a life sentence."
Former pop star Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was jailed in 1999 after admitting possessing thousands of images of child pornography. He was the first celebrity arrested and tried as part of the police investigation, Operation Yewtree, into allegations of historical child and sex abuse but he was not the last.
Police investigations and criminal trials continue but victims or as they prefer to be called survivors are still waiting justice following investigations into an alleged Westminster high-profile paedophile ring.
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What it all means is a few things not least a headache for a non-Tory government should another political party get elected in the General election.
The debt was due December 1 but will now be payable in two-parts in late 2015, without interest charges. That timescale will allow the Tories if they are re-elected to implement tougher austerity measures to pay the debt. The money will not come by way of raised taxes for the very wealthy 1% of British society but instead it will be the little people who will be expected to foot-the-bill.
But what else did Osborne have to give to get the debt reduction and delay of payment? What part of the soul of the U.K. did he sell to the E.U. devil?
The E.U. played into P.M. Cameron’s hands giving him and his party an early Christmas present in the shape of a good P.R. exercise free gratis. However we should not forget that the alleged unexpected debt should not have been a surprise; a good Chancellor and P.M. would have expected the bill.
Maybe the E.U. is so feared of a different U.K. government after the 2015 U.K. election they were happy to help the Tories win a propaganda stunt?
Obviously Messrs Cameron and Osborne spun the news to within an inch of its life and the right-wing media plus Tory campaign managers lapped it up. But remember the debt may be reduced but it still must be paid.
Who will pay the piper is any person's guess, but if we have a right-wing government after the 2015 General Election it will not be those who could afford to pay up; rather it will be the poor, the vulnerable and the ordinary class of the U.K.
Looking like cats who have got the cream Messrs Cameron and Osborne said the deal, which means the bill will be paid in two interest-free installments after next year's election, was "far beyond what anyone expected us to achieve".
"Instead of footing the bill we have halved the bill, we have delayed the bill, we will pay no interest on the bill and if there are any mistakes in the bill we will get our money back." Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I said we wouldn't pay £1.7 billion on December 1. We've now halved the bill and will pay nothing until next July. We're delivering for Britain."
Yes, delivering more debt.
In a first I agree with UKIP leader Nigel Farage who tweeted "Osborne trying to spin his way out of disaster. UK still paying full £1.7 billion, his credibility is about to nose dive."
Mainstream media that supports the Conservatives may not agree with Farage but most of the electorate will.
Cameron may think he has won but he said he would not pay the bill, not that he would split it so that successive governments were left to pay up.
Sources and background:
Did Osborne halve Britain’s EU bill by admitting that growth still leaves him broke?
Sat alongside Osborne, on the front-benches of the coalition will be a few multi-millionaires, including David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
This cabinet is full of politicians who play at politics. That is a fair assumption when you consider they have no need to hold down such a job. There is of course the power and control aspect of holding a leading role in government.
In the past wealth has not always led to such assumptions. The UK, like most countries, had wealthy individuals seeking office for reasons of philanthropy or the good of the nation. These though are rare.
But are there any politicians left who have a political conscience or are they a thing of the past?
Look at the schooldays of UK PM David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson to get an idea of how out of touch they are with ordinary voters.
There is an old saying along the lines of “show me the child and I will show you the man” which rings true for these three men.
Educated at public school and then University, in the UK, they joined the exclusive Bullingdon Club when studying at Oxford. According to Wikipedia the Bullingdon Club, founded in 1780, is an exclusive society at Oxford University, noted for its grand banquets and boisterous rituals, such as 'trashing' of restaurants and college rooms.
That information alone offers an insight into the behaviour and attitude of these men but there is more. Members of the club buy expensive tailor-made, blue and ivory suits, which they wear for functions. When they host or attend one of their functions any damage is paid for on the spot. Events are often rowdy, which has led to some local establishments opting not to host any.
Above all members must display an ostentatious disregard for money. The more money wasted the better.
A perfect background for a country’s Chancellor and its Prime Minster?
Historically a sporting club, these days the Bullingdon’s main feature is dining. Elections for club membership are held twice a year. Once accepted into the inner sanctum of the Bullingdon Club other members will arrive in your university rooms. You will have to eat a full tin of Coleman’s mustard and allow the men to trash your room to complete your membership approval.
If you are not yet convinced that Messrs Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, as members of this club, are not fit for office read on.
Wikipedia reports "some students had taken habitually to the drunken braying of ‘We are the Bullingdon’ at 3 a.m. from a house not far from the Phoenix Cinema. But the transcript of what they called the wife of the neighbour who went to ask them to be quiet was written in language that is not usually printed".
When Osborne gets to his feet in the House on March 18, to deliver his budget, cast your eyes over the coalition front benchers. Their smug faces, if there announcements about welfare reform, benefit cuts and more tough austerity measures will betray their real feelings.
Osborne is set to deliver tax cuts to the wealthy in the UK and once again expect the poor and the vulnerable in the UK to pick up the tab. Why won’t he hit the wealthy in British society? Could it be because they are all old school chums and club members?
If you believe Tory propaganda that the coalition is sorting out the mess left by labour or addressing the country's deficit you are mistaken. That may or may not happen but it is not their priority. Their priority is shielding the elite from a financial hit; the old school chums made years ago.
Osborne ploughs on with austerity-Guardian