50 shades of green... inside the weird world of party leader Natalie Bennett.
SHOUTING down Ed Miliband on live TV... it was the moment millions of voters finally sat up and listened to Natalie Bennett.
The Green Party leader - most famous for being unable to answer questions during a car-crash radio interview - was having her voice heard at last.
Banning horse-racing. Dishing out free condoms. And abolishing the monarchy.
All policies which spill from a leftwinger who is happy to be described as a watermelon - green on the outside and red in the middle.
But for Ms Bennett, 49 - whose party has 60,000 members, making them larger than the Lib Dems or UKIP - it is likely to be too little too late because latest opinion polls put her in last place.
RANTINGS But if the Aussie wanted tips on how to get her voice heard sooner in this General Election campaign, perhaps she should have taken a look close to home.
We can reveal her boyfriend is responsible for a series of inappropriate rantings - many so X-rated they could be dubbed Fifty Shades of Green.
Jim Jepps' musings in his blog The Daily Maybe offer an insight into the colourful thoughts of the partner of a woman who could play a crucial role in a hung parliament after May 7. In one he offers a defence of "rape fantasies" while in another he revealed he was "ambivalent" about teachers having sex with their pupils.
Leaders' partners Sam Cameron, Justine Miliband and Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez have been seen by millions on TV during the election campaign. But, until now, little was known about Mr Jepps.
After more than a decade in the Socialist Workers Party, Mr Jepps left around 2003.
He became a Green Party activist but the party said last night he had quit in 2012. Styling himself The Nice Badge Man and selling political paraphernalia online, Mr Jepps peppered his commentaries with controversial articles about sex, rape and paedophiles.
In one, Mr Jepps, who works in a North London bookshop, wrote: "New Poll: Sex with pupils - good idea/bad idea? Personally I'm ambivalent and would appreciate any guidance.
"It seems to me the sex offenders register is a sledgehammer to crack a nut sometimes. When you have a teacher who kissed a 17-year-old placed on the same register as Gary Glitter it does make you wonder how useful the list is, no matter how creepy that teacher might be."
In a post titled "Even monsters have feelings" about Austrian schoolgirl Natascha Kampusch, who was snatched aged 10, held in a cellar for more than eight years and repeatedly raped, Mr Jepps wrote: "These are two people who had a long term and human relationship."
In another, he defended people who have rape fantasies.
SEXUALITY He argued: "Some people have rape fantasies. It does not mean they want to rape or be raped, they are simply drawing from the deep, dark well of sexuality and if you are one of them it does not make you a bad person."
Yet it appears Ms Bennett and the Greens don't share his views - in their manifesto out this week they vowed the party would "work to change attitudes towards rape". Mr Jepps' comments could risk undermining the party's hopes of gaining three MPs at May's election, possibly leaving them holding the balance of power in a hung parliament.
Ms Bennett and her partner share a flat she bought for PS249,950 in 2007 in North London. Flats in her block now sell for more than PS400,000.
In an interview Ms Bennett gave to her local newspaper this month, she revealed how she met Mr Jepps online five years ago.
She said: "He blogged something about me which was wrong so I corrected him."
Commenting on a news story about a 16-year-old girl banned from wearing a chastity ring at school, Mr Jepps said in one post: "It will also make it so much harder for her to get educated about the facts of life, or learn how to f*** properly." In another titled "Childhood Sexuality", Mr Jepps describes his sexual feelings towards a six-year-old girl when he was the same age. He wrote: "I remember inviting [her] to my birthday party... I'm absolutely certain there was an unseen sexual element, although I would not have been thinking beyond a light snog or perhaps a spot of hand holding."
He added: "Whilst it's clear I had sexual feelings as a child these were not the terrible all consuming passions of later life - and although they contained neither the intensity, depth nor carnality of adult life they were very real and important to me at the time."
He also blogged on a news story about an obscenity case where the accused had written fan fiction about kidnapping, raping and killing members of pop group Girls Aloud.
Mr Jepps wrote: "Personally I didn't find it that shocking."
At the height of the scandal over Labour's Harriet Harman and her alleged links to the Paedophile Information Exchange, he joked: "The BBC is rubbish at balance. It hasn't had a single paedophile on to defend Harriet Harman."
The Green Party said: "The Daily Maybe was a personal blog written by Mr Jepps until 2011.
"The party does not endorse the views expressed and would not want to be associated with them. Jim Jepps has not been a member of the party since 2012."
Ms Bennett said last night: "Jim is a private individual not involved in party politics. I will not be commenting on words he's said or written."
A MAN of 22 from the Yeovil area of Somerset has been arrested after a Twitter troll sent blogger Jack Monroe homophobic abuse. Ms Monroe had praised Natalie Bennett's stance on immigration and criticised UKIP leader Nigel Farage's "circus act" following the leaders' TV debate.
Enviro-mental: Natalie Bennett and partner, blogger Jim Jepps
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Apr 19, 2015|
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