He totally deserves the condemnation coming his way, I don’t believe that time is a good enough excuse for people not to have to answer for such comments. However I do believe that people can change over such time periods, particularly if the person in question was particularly young when the offensive comments were made (he was, right?), but in order to be forgiven they must be able to demonstrate that they have sincerely changed, that they are sincerely sorry. If he is capable of doing so, then it shouldn’t be held against him forever imo. I’ve called people cunts on the internet before and I have no doubt that if I was an MP someone would dig out this and spin it as vile misogynistic language and I’d get crucified, and I’d probably think it was a little unfair if it completely destroyed my career (though I think his comments were a bit worse than that)
Guido Fawkes and similar types going after him is pure political point scoring though, because they don’t give a shit about that kind of offensive language, it’s simply not an issue they care about in the slightest unless it means they get to go after lefties. But as the paragraph above hopefully makes clear, it doesn’t mean that the point raised isn’t without merit. It just means I don’t respect them in the slightest because I know what motivates their work is not the marginalisation of disadvantaged minority groups.