Where ignorance is bliss…

Well done to Pink News for winkling an excuse out of Tory HQ for Sayeeda Warsi’s homophobic campaign leaflets at the last general election:

Mrs Warsi’s campaign leaflet attacked the government’s gay rights agenda.

“Labour has scrapped section 28 which was introduced by the Conservatives to stop schools promoting alternative sexual lifestyles such as homosexuality to children as young as seven years old,” it said.

“Schools are allowed and do promote homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles to your children.

“Labour reduced the age of consent for homosexuality from 18 to 16 allowing school children to be propositioned for homosexual relationships.”

Mrs Warsi pledged to campaign strongly for an end to sex education at seven years and the “promotion” of homosexuality, which she said “undermines family life.”

A Conservative party spokesman told PinkNews.co.uk:

“The leaflet that you are referring to does not properly represent her views – she has not got a problem with gay adoption, for example.

“Sayeeda does have a problem with sex education, of any orientation, being compulsory in schools.

“She thinks it is up to the parents to decide if and what their children are taught and when.”

So let’s be clear what we’re saying here…

1. Warsi objects to the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality on the grounds that it ‘undermines family life’, which clearly implies that her view of the nature of family runs down strict heterosexual + marriage lines, and yet she’s fine with gay couples adopting kids, even though she sees gay relationships (with or without kids) as undermining the family…

2. Warsi’s problem with sex education in schools is that it takes place at all, even though her election leaflet refers only to schools promoting ‘homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles to your children’ and not to all sex education.

More to the point, exactly what does she mean by homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles – what are these other sexual life styles that she thinks schools are teaching? BDSM? Polygamy? Swinging?

If she meant that she objected to all sex education in schools, why didn’t she say so at the time? Why pick specifically on homosexuality and these other , unspecified, alternative sexual lifestyles if that’s not really what she meant?

I do love the smell of bullshit in the morning, it’s the smell of blind panic at Tory HQ…

7 thoughts on “Where ignorance is bliss…

  1. Quite right.

    She’s either a bigot or a political operative so cynical that she’s content to use the bigotry of other people for her political gain.

  2. Maybe but I’d like to think that cynicism and hypocrisy are something that come into politics once you’ve had some authority and have grown smug and lazy on the trappings of power.

    When a politician starts her career with fear-mongering, bigotry and pandering to people’s worse natures, you really have to wonder where she can go from there.

  3. Such as the Hammersmith Tory councillor Harry Phibbs-unsurprisingly quoted favourably by Guido today.

    Sadly, Guido did not appear to have space to tell us if this Harry Phibbs is the same Phibbs who described Harold Macmillan as a war criminal and promptly got the FCS shut down by Norman Tebbit?

    And Guido was in FCS. So you’d think he knew these things.

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