Not such a gay day after all

DUE TO MY NEW BLOG STILL BEING CENSORED BY REDDIT, I HAVE ALSO HAD TO POST THIS HERE. Please leave comments here on Real Street.

Six months ago, I wrote a post called Canterbury is officially ‘gay’ enough. The local ‘Pride’ group had reported the Council to the Local Government Ombudsman for allegedly failing in its ‘duty’ to promote and cater for homosexuality in the city, despite giving financial backing to their cause. The claim was rejected.

The pride group, which is chaired by Andrew Brettell, called on the council to provide an LGBT community drop-in centre, a gay bar and put forward the potential for ‘pink tourism’ and the importance of regular LGBT culture in the city.

The Pink News reports today,

The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed.

CO2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.

Darren Bister, co-owner of the pub, told Kent News: “We are closing because it is just not very successful at the moment. It is a waste of time, a waste of our work and a waste of money.

Right, so they wasted their own money and not council tax payers’ cash, which is what ‘Pride’ thought they had some sort of divine right to dip into.

He said the local gay community had not supported the bar but added he did not believe homophobia was an issue.

Golly, that makes a change! Did I read that correctly?

Blister said: “Anything here would get complaints no matter what venue it is. The locals don’t want anything here full stop.”

But Pride in Canterbury chairman Andrew Brettell blamed the council for not supporting the venture.

He said: “Until the council sends out a clear message that it is okay for the gay community to be out and proud in the city businesses and ventures that strive to serve and build up that community will find it difficult to succeed.

He doesn’t give up, this one, does he? It’s The Blame Game; please welcome back our reigning champion… Mr Andrew Brrrrrettell.

“The city’s many homophobes must think Christmas has already arrived.”

Erm, it’s just passed, actually. Must be a few weeks old, this story.

The Pride group had complained that the local council was unwilling to promote a “thriving LGBT community” and accused it of ignoring their complaints.

Why not ask the locals if they want such a thriving community. Obviously even the local homosexuals didn’t, but hey ho, it’s the Council’s fault.

It had asked for a gay bar, an LGBT community drop-in centre and regular celebration of LGBT culture in the city.

Did they say please?

Beam me up Scotty!

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Love, hate and the threat to internet free speech

DUE TO MY BEING CENSORED BY REDDIT, I HAVE ALSO HAD TO POST THIS HERE, ON THE OLD BLOG. Please leave comments here on Real Street.

Richard Carvath is standing as an independent candidate for Salford and Eccles in the upcoming general election, and he has upset a few people by sharing his views on homosexuality. On Monday, he wrote a blog entry called, “Tories select homosexual pervert for Salford and Eccles.”

Woof! No messing. He continues,

The Conservative Party has just selected homosexual Matthew Sephton as their candidate for Salford and Eccles.

As a rival [and pro-heterosexual!] candidate I welcome Matthew to the contest for Salford and Eccles.

Matthew’s own blog is heavy with pro homosexual pervert content: see here, here and here….

I very much doubt that the vast majority of the Salford and Eccles electorate will want to be represented by a prominent homosexual activist – and one who neither lives nor works in the constituency.

The following day, he received a letter from the local constabulary,

“Richard Carvath

We have received a complaint today regarding concerns over the content of your blog article dated Monday 7th December 2009.

A reader of your article has made a complaint that the content is offensive and feels strongly enough to report this matter to the police. He wishes for you to be advised over the potential alarm and distress caused by your article. Whilst not taking this at face value and understanding the meaning of language and how it can be misinterpreted, it could be argued that the context of the comments made could be construed to be borderline criminal.

At this stage I feel it would be advisable for you to remove this from your blog thereby preventing misinterpretation.

Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. …

Regards

PC2401 Jacky Thompson.”

So, the police are now ‘advising’ people to take down blog posts if someone doesn’t like them. Thankfully, Mr. Carvath told them a few home truths.

“Dear PC Thompson,

Thank you for your email.

There is nothing criminal about my blog article and so I have no intention of removing it for the foreseeable future.

Well exactly, but in a dictatorship, truth gets censored.

Homosexuality is a perversion: that is both moral truth and medical fact. Therefore it is quite reasonable for me to refer to a person in whom the perversion of homosexuality is manifest as a homosexual pervert. Let me make it clear that I do not use the term ‘homosexual pervert’ as a pejorative term – derogation is not my motive in using the term; I use the term simply to convey the true nature of what homosexuality is because I believe that the truth matters.

He explains a very important distinction here, and one which seems to escape many people.

I’m aware that you are employed by an organisation [GMP] which is politically in favour of homosexual perversion. I’m aware that GMP celebrates its association with the militant perverts’ organisation Stonewall. I’m aware of the secular humanist socio-political orthodoxy of ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ which GMP panders to.

Can’t argue with any of that.

My advice to you is to stop being a social engineer trying to suppress free speech and get on with genuine police work.

Hear, hear!

It is not a crime to criticise homosexuality and nor is it a crime to refer to a public gay political activist as a homosexual pervert.

Even if it were a crime I’m a British evangelical Christian so nothing and nobody is going to tell me what I can and can’t say in my own country. As a Christian I speak and act out of love – not hate – so my motive for referring to homosexuality as a perversion is love.

My advice to you is to get on with dealing with real crime like robbery, rape and murder and stop trying to suppress free speech.

Never has there been clearer proof of the vital importance of the Waddington free speech safeguard!

Absolutely.

Most of the replies left on his blog seem to be from angry heterosexuals. Perhaps Mr Carvath’s strength and honesty of language has made folks’ brains go into meltdown. I left this comment myself,

These comments from heterosexuals go to show how well they have been trained by the media.

How has this been achieved? Read the blueprint from the USA.

“The first order of business is desensitization of the American public concerning gays and gay rights.”

“Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and as often as possible. The principle behind this advice is simple: almost any behavior begins to look normal if you are exposed to enough of it at close quarters and among your acquaintances.”

“Portray gays as victims, not as aggressive challengers. In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be cast as victims in need of protection so that straights will be inclined by reflex to assume the role of protector. If gays are presented, instead, as a strong and prideful tribe promoting a rigidly nonconformist and deviant lifestyle, they are more likely to be seem as a public menace that justifies resistance and oppression.”

Homosexuals don’t want their lifestyle criticised. Fair enough, I suppose. None of us likes being disagreed with, especially while we are entrenched in sin, but nobody is infallible and beyond criticism. Furthermore, everyone has the right to call a spade a spade. Just like the messages left on Mr Carvath’s blog and the Pink News website, where personal criticism of him and his faith are rife.

But then, over the past few years we have come to expect some people to believe they are more equal than others.

Someone called Jeff Duncan even reported Mr Carvath to the police again via a police website and urged others to follow, saying,

Hiss [sic] vile homophobic hate remarks have STILL not been removed.

What these people should realise, and be very thankful for, is that we live in a society that does tolerate differences of opinion. Those who claimed to be persecuted are now the persecutors. They have become that strong and prideful tribe.

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Coming Soon…

I am in the process of starting a new blog. Once I work out how to incorporate WordPress into my own domain I will post the link here and you can continue to read my thoughts on New Labour and what Gordon Brown’s vision of a ‘New World Order’ will actually entail for us proles.

I may also post items about my many other interests and try to lighten up a bit, although I make to promises.

If anyone can offer advice on how to add WordPress to my site and allow me to add my own advertising banners (for my own websites), then please get in touch.

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Pond Life?

This is my first post for a couple of weeks; there have been some teething problems with my new business venture, but that’s to be expected.

I am considering starting a new blog so I can write on any subject that interests me on the day. I am getting a bit fed up concentrating on New Labour. It is pretty tedious and a bit depressing. The other mainstream parties need exposing too, especially on the run up to elections.

I also want to comment on other things like the pond life who murdered two soldiers in N. Ireland. They call themselves the ‘Real IRA’. They are like many people these days – a tiny band who think they know better than and speak for everyone else. Fortunately, most people know how to use words to try and convince. It is also much more effective. What to do but send in the big boys and make an example of these totally selfish parasites?

Perhaps a Creationist like me shouldn’t refer to fellow human beings as ‘pond life’, and they are fellow human beings, like it or not.

I’ve filed this under ‘Heroes and Cowards’. Guess which category you skulk among, ‘dissidents’?

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Bryan Gould disowns New Labour

Hat tip to Tom Harris for pointing out Bryan Gould’s article, I disown this government, in the Guardian’s Comment is Free.

I remember Mr Gould, former Labour MP and member of the shadow cabinet, as a seemingly decent sort of bloke – far too decent for New Labour, as it transpires.

He returned to his native New Zealand in the mid-Nineties to work in a university, but disowns his former Party with these words.

The floor is all yours, Mr Gould…

Those, like me (and almost everyone I know in the Labour party), who have been critical over the years of New Labour and its record in government, might have expected that the passage of time would bring with it a kinder judgment. And in my case, in particular, it might have been thought that – 12,000 miles away in New Zealand – distance would lend enchantment.

How, then, to explain that the more we take the long view of the Blair and now the Brown government, the sharper seem the contours of its failures and betrayals? How is it that the features of its landscape that grow – as our perspective lengthens – in shocking, anger-making prominence are those shameful episodes at home and abroad which cumulatively are a complete denial of what a Labour government (or any British government) should have been about?

There have been of course many good and decent day-by-day achievements of this government. Across the whole range of political issues, I do not say that Britain did not do better under Labour than it would have done under most alternatives. But these achievements have been molehills, judged against the towering peaks scaled by New Labour in its rejection not only of Labour, but of any decent and civilised values.

The first – and for that reason perhaps most unexpected – contravention of civilised norms was the Iraq war. The damning judgment of that doomed enterprise has been repeatedly rehearsed, but to read the charge sheet again is still a shocking experience. A British prime minister, claiming the right to moral leadership and an almost religious duty to confront evil, sucked up to a soon-to-be discredited US president and helped to launch an invasion of a distant country – an invasion based upon a lie, and one that flew in the face of international law, undermined the United Nations, alienated the whole of the Muslim world, seemed to validate the claims of terrorists and those who recruited them, destroyed the country that was invaded and killed hundreds of thousands of its citizens, took many young soldiers to their unnecessary deaths, and rightly reduced Britain’s standing in the world.

The New Labour government still refuses to acknowledge that any of this was wrong. It will not even countenance an independent inquiry into how such a fatal mistake was made.

It may seem improbable that the scale of the Iraq calamity could be matched in any other area of government. Yet, as the reasons for and scale of the global recession become clear, it is also increasingly apparent that another global (as well as British) disaster can be laid – substantially, if only partly – at the door of the New Labour government.

It was, after all, that government which enthusiastically endorsed the virtues of the “free” market, which turned its back on the need for regulation, which celebrated the excesses of the City, which proclaimed that it was “intensely relaxed about people becoming filthy rich”. The government that should have protected the interests of ordinary people was dazzled by the super-rich; unsuspecting Labour supporters found themselves thrown on the tender mercies of a marketplace that was cleared of any limits that might have restricted the rich and powerful. There have been no more enthusiastic cheerleaders for the culture of greed and excess than New Labour ministers.

On the central issue of politics – the willingness of government to use its democratic legitimacy to intervene in the market in order to restrain its excesses – the New Labour government ensured that the dice lay where they fell and applauded as they did. It was Tony Blair who, standing shoulder to shoulder with Rupert Murdoch, proclaimed that the future lay with the “globalisers” and that those who wanted to reclaim some control over their lives were “isolationists, nationalists and nativists”. It was Gordon Brown who removed the major economic decisions from democratic control and handed them over to unaccountable bankers.

That betrayal of those who looked to a Labour government to help them has seen a rapid widening of inequality and a sharp intensification of social disintegration. It is the jobs, homes and lives of ordinary people that have borne the brunt. The country is a weaker and poorer place as a result.

But even that failure pales by comparison with the latest revelations about the abandonment by New Labour of any pretence to civilised standards. We now know that this government connived with the Bush administration to hold people illegally, to kidnap them in secret, and to torture them while in custody – all in the name of a war against the forces of darkness. The perpetrators of these outrages seem to believe that they can be washed clean by simply declaring their superior morality.

Nothing more clearly distinguishes those beyond the pale than their willingness to use the secret, illegal and cowardly infliction of pain to terrify, cow and bend to their will helpless people being held without charge or trial or legal redress. It beggars belief that any British government could, in a supposed democracy, do so, and not even bother to respond to its critics. It is simply incredible that a Labour government claiming to represent the values of the Labour movement could believe in these circumstances that it has any right to remain in office.

For me, this is too much. I am sick to the stomach. I disown this so-called Labour government. I protest.

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The Nation Speaks – Part III

A big thank you to Paddy Connaughton from Bolton who emailed me recently:

Hello Stewart,

The reason i’m writing this is the fact i have just stumbled upon your website. Thank God someone is out there telling the truth about this government and the state of our country. I have read some of your articles and have found that my wife and i agree with all of them.

After 22 years of working hard in the building industry, paying my taxes and trying to be a good citizen, I was made redundant in 2007, found two more jobs only to be laid off due to this economic depression. For all the talk by Gordon about public works and getting us back into work, i find nothing is being done. I now believe the government just don’t care about mine or anybody else’s situation.

I am beginning to think this is all a plan by the new fascist state of New Labour to keep the majority of manual workers on minimum wages. For too long these people have hacked into every aspect of our lives and eroded our freedoms of expression in order to control us. So thanks Stewart for having the guts to openly stand up to them, even with the threat of the the Police spying on you. I just wish the people of England could show a bit more of a backbone and publicly show their contempt for this government by openly defying them as the brave French and Icelandic people so often have.

Keep the faith, Paddy

Thank you for those kind words. I have to say though, that it doesn’t take much guts to stand against a government that has shown itself to be so completely reprobate. In my case, Labour’s failure to honour their manifesto promise to hold a referendum on Europe, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is now a matter of standing up for our country and our freedom or losing everything to the whore that sits in Brussels.

The way the government has betrayed the young people, especially, makes me sick. No, the time came when I realised I had nothing left to lose by speaking out and I wished I had started years ago, but better late than never. Hopefully.

I will keep the faith. There is no fear in love and there is no strength like God’s.

Feel free to email me with your own views. I only publish names after gaining the permission of the writer.

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