I was listening to LBC at work today on the radio and I had to phone in – they had someone from a typical bible bashing publication on air defending not only Chris Grayling, but the rights of anyone to discriminate against homosexuals for their ‘abhorrent and abnormal’ activities.
Full credit to the presenter, he gave the guy (I will podcast the show later and find out which loony press fundamental Christian rag it is he works for) a hard time, challenged him throughout his tirade and showed him up as the racist, bigoted homophobe he was (although of course, the guy is a lovely Christian full of the message of god, so long as that message does not include the words gay’ homosexual, lesbian or tolerance in it).
With my blood pressure shooting through the roof, I called in and (as a regular caller) managed to get on air right after this guy and managed to pull not only his argument to bits in a calm and rational manner, but called the integrity of not only Chris Grayling into count, pointing out that his tenure as shadow home secretary surely was now almost all but over (that was, as I suggested, if Cameron and the Tories where really interested in gay rights and this was not a crafty ploy to win the pink vote), made it quite clear that ANY politician who made such crass comments should walk the plank and be prepared to suffer at not only the hands of his own party, but the hands of the electorate too.
Anyone in the political world must realise that anything they say in private, to colleagues, in the pub. in their blog, in a hand written note, behind closed doors of a pressure group (and so the list goes on) is almost without doubt bound to end up in the media (depending on how salacious it is will determine whether it is in the red tops or the broadsheets of course). Now that the election is looking (rather like Cameron’s order for sheep’s clothing….), surely if you had any ‘off-list’ views, you would do no better than to keep them to yourself… or is the Tory front bench so hell bent on destruction that they don’t realise that comments like this is classic foot in mouth syndrome?
Cameron has but only one path to follow if he is seriously committed to gay rights – sack Grayling from his shadow position. Anything less is tantamount to tacit support and affirms that the Tories have no more interest in gay rights than the Daily Mail does in supporting political refugees and asylum seekers.
Quite conveniently I ensured that I managed to get the words Liberal Democrat and DELGA into the conversation more than once (methinks the presenter, although he is a posh boy lol is a closet lib dem supporter), and all in all had a good 10 minutes on air defending not only the rights of gay people, but managed to demolish Grayling and Cameron, and got across that homophobia and the bigots who practice and support it, are doing so because gay people are seen as a ‘soft target’ and easy to pick on.
The station called me back and I am on the list now for people to be contacted for a sound bite should such a debate come up again on the radio (which it will).