Jackson Carlaw read out the definition of grooming in parliament amid the fallout of the Derek Mackay text scandal.
The Scottish Tory interim leader referred to child abuse charity NSPCC’s interpretation while putting questions to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish Parliament.
The site makes reference to an “authority figure” using “social media networks and text messaging” to “give attention” to young people by taking them “on trips, outings or holidays”.
His comments came after the SNP leader confirmed in Holyrood that her former finance secretary had stepped down amid claims he was messaging a 16-year-old boy.
The Scottish Sun reported that the 42-year-old MSP for Renfrewshire North and West sent a series of messages to the teen on social media.
In the online messages, it is alleged he invited the boy to dinner and to attend a rugby event, as well as calling him “cute”.
Can someone explain exactly what Derek Mackay has done wrong here? Other than being a member of the SNP?
The law around homosexuality is that a 16 year old can consent to have sex with any other male of 16 or older, barring a few exceptions around people with power over you, like school teachers. We’ve decided that at that age, people are mature enough to make decisions about who they bang or get banged by. You therefore can’t be “groomed” at 16.
I don’t know how it works with gays. I know that a 42 year old man hitting on a 16 year old girl would be classed as ick, hugely failing the “half your age plus 7” rule, but ick isn’t the same as morally wrong. If you think it is, you have to raise the age of consent, to say that actually, we don’t think that 16 year olds are capable of dealing with the advances of middle-aged men.