There are only two things wrong with
Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party – everything it says and everything it does. In the past I never really paid that much attention to it, a sort of political version of Buridan’s Ass, a refuge for people who have neither the wit nor character to decide between the left and the right, forever locked in a mushy middle. If I thought of them at all it was as the original purveyors of the European ‘ideal’, sufficient reason to dismiss them with condescension and contempt.
But now they are in government, a devil’s bargain sealed between David Cameron and Nick ‘the schoolboy’ Clegg. Actually to refer to our benighted coalition government as a ‘devil’s bargain’ makes it sound far too exciting. No, it’s the gay government, the Brokeback Coalition, as David Davis once referred to this particular civil partnership, after
, the movie about two cowboys who have a homosexual flirtation. Brokeback Mountain
A homosexual flirtation really describes part of our political culture at the moment, the pink tone being set by the Limp Dumbs, with gay marriage as one of their most cherished objectives. As I wrote previously, it’s not an issue I can get worked up over, though I do consider it to be born of the worst kind of patronising gesture politics. What I can get worked up over is the loud-mouthed, ugly and vociferous constituency that gay marriage has conjured into existence, people I would be glad to see back in the closet, the cottage, the tea room or wherever other habitat these types prefer.
The gay lobby has a right to air its view but seemingly nobody else has, certainly if they express any disquiet at all over homosexual marriage. A lot of Christians have because they consider it to be morally wrong, a caricature of genuine marriage as conceived for generations past. The opponents include Dr John Sentamu, the black Archbishop of York. The colour of his skin is relevant because when he dared express his disapproval recently he received a number of racially abusive emails.
Abuse as a mood of discourse; it’s rather the fashion in the internet age. I stopped reading the comments section that newspapers allow to follow from articles because of the sheer malevolent stupidity of a great many people, people who simply drip venom. I dare say the gay cowards who attacked Sentamu did so behind a cloak of anonymity, something else the internet allows for. That’s right; read the Pink News and the Red Guardian at one turn; go online to call a man a Black Bastard at the next.
The flash mob rose up again recently. Yes, there they were, brandishing pitchforks and torches. This time their outrage was directed against Rhys and Esther Curnow, a couple who have become the public face of the Coalition for Marriage campaign. Committed Christians, they were recently seen in
Downing Street, handing in a petition opposing same sex marriage to the Prime Minister.
Cue the hate. Their Facebook details were circulated by, among others, one Kevin Peel, a Labour councillor in
Manchester. After receiving more than a hundred direct messages they were obliged to change their security settings. Councillor Peel, when questioned on the issue, said that they should be prepared to hear the ‘opposite view’ from people who do not agree with them.
Would you like to hear the ‘opposite view’? Well, the ‘opposite view’ is that they should rot in hell; that they deserve nothing but sadness; that they should turn out to be infertile and die of cancer, which would be an occasion for celebration. There were obscene sexual references and a suggestion that the recently married couple should be subject to “compulsory sterilisation.” Now there’s an idea, clearly coming from the gay Nazi fraction. Heil, sweetie!
Poor Rhys and Esther are “shocked and saddened” at the reaction, though I cannot help but think them strikingly naïve, just innocents abroad. More experienced hands would have been ready for the fallout, ready for the vile mob. Still, I have to admire them. Speaking recently Rhys said;
We’re at a loss to understand how people could be so vicious. All we did was hand in a petition at
Downing Street. Surely there’s room for people to disagree without resorting this kind of hatred and abuse. By all means let’s have a debate – especially as the public haven’t had the chance to vote on this issue. But the bullies are trying to shut down the debate. We’re shaken and upset, but we won’t let them get us down
The thing is these morons do not want a debate; they want silent consensus…or else. Debate and disagreement is – what’s the best way of putting it? - , yes, I know: it’s just so gay.