Here I sit, cold beer in a glass, Disturbed’s “Indestructible” loosening the wax in my ears whilst I review the week just past. A week in which my normal bonhomie was stretched to breaking point and beyond by the levels of scum-bucketry on local and international news – I am going to rant so be warned – this will probably not contain many laughs.
High on the list was this story Nick Griffin, spokes-ring piece of knob end central (aka the British National Party) sank once again to the point where I had to throw things at the TV thus terrifing at least one of the cats. In precis he enraged that a couple got damages for being cast out of a B&B for being gay. As a male nurse in the 70’s and early 80’s it was de rigeur for a conversation with a stranger to go thusly
Them: “What do you do?”
Me: “I am a nurse”
Me: “What’s the matter?”
Them: “Well I didn;t know you were…..errr..”
Them: “You know…..”
Me: “No What?”
Them: “You know.. a shirt lifter, an uphill gardener.. you know.. GAY!”
Me: “Well you can F**K off into the file of people not worth the anguish of having to make a pretence of liking”
Anyway I digress …. Mr Griffin filled with the unrighteous indignation only really possible if you are closely related to pond scum told his followers on Twitter the name and more frighteningly the address of the gay couple in question ending the tweet with a barely veiled threat and an ellipsis dipped in the sickly sweet shite only the far right can manage with a straight face. He claimed a “British Justice team” would come and protest the ruling at their home.
Justice my Hairy Norn Irish Arse!!!
Mr Griffins “justice” is served with the business end of pair of 18-hole DMs by someone with a severe hair cut and the intellect of fused light bulb.At least Twitter acted within the hour and suspended his account and the Police are having a close look at the whole affair.
The starting point for this week was the refusal by the B&B owners to countenance a same sex couple sleeping in their beds. The owners Mr & Mrs Wilkinson say they have received two years of abuse for their decision to refuse the gay couple their room. she ended her statement with “We find this a strange justice in a society that aspires to be increasingly tolerant.”
My first, second and third reaction to this was “F**king Tough! now you know what it feels like to be on the receiving end!”
I am not gay, but I put up with “Chick Tracts” like this one left in my locker. being told to my face I was going to “hell” for a perceived sexual preference based on my career choice. I only got a small taste of what it must be like to actually be gay in Northern Ireland. No amount of glibly asinine pseudo-placatory statements like “We hate the sin and love the sinner” made up for the level of plain and simple disgust I received from some of the faithful when they jumped to the conclusion I was abomination before the lord.
On the topic of gender preference the week was further soured when that bunch of super-annuated pus filled boils that inhabit the polish-scented corridors of Stormont (AKA the MLAs) decided that Northern Ireland would remain a bastion of proper marriage and refuse the rights of same sex couples to marry. Which would make some sort of sense if the heterosexuals in society were making a decent fist of the honourable institution of marriage, but NO the MLAs felt that society would suffer immediate and irreversible collapse if two people that love each other were to be married. FFS!!
On the subject of things that has a lingering smell of the Stormount cabal of f**kwittery lead by luminaries such as Edwin Poots and the equally ignoble Cable Foundation. It seems that the inclusion of Creationism in an exhbit at the new Causeway Centre over which there was much furore and indignation may have been originally been put forward as a condition of the centre receiving £9.25 million of public money. It remains to be seen whether this is actually true, if it is then those responsible should resign forthwith.
Then the scouts got in on the act .. by not allowing secular young fellas to make and affirmation rather than take a religious oath. I enjoyed being a scout but when it came to the religious bits, I nodded as if in agreement, and ignored it which to be fair was disingenuous of me but now 40 years later the young are faced with the same problem and well done them, they are asking to be recognised for what they are rather than what the scouting organisers want them to be. UKIans can sign a petition here.
Being outspoken and critical as I have a wont to be has lead to accusations of a lack of tolerance on my part. Well yes! I Will not tolerate things I disagree with why should I?
Time for bed. 🙁