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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Heroes and villains

Two Robinsons have just got Stonewall awards: one called Gene and one called Iris – hero and villain, respectively.

That bloody woman (pictured) has been voted bigot of the year. I refer, of course, the latter of the two Robinsons, Iris, whom it’s hard to think of in any terms other than “that bloody woman” (as we have dubbed her on this blog several times).

She is the Northern Ireland politician – a Westminster MP and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, chairing its Health Committee no less – who really thought that homosexuality could be “cured” by a psychiatrist she had hidden under her bed.

Well, she described him as “a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals trying to turn away from what they are engaged in”.

She uses that phrase “from what they are engaged in” in that distancing way, as one might pick up someone else’s dirty handkerchief by the corner and hold it at arm’s length while affecting a disgusted grimace.

Well, Stonewall have named her Bigot of the Year. Not that such an accolade will bother her, I’m sure. Indeed, she’ll probably see it as just that, an accolade, on the grounds that being hated by your enemy is a sign of your success. The more they hate you, the more effective you’ll believe you’ve been in doing whatever it is that’s got up their noses.

This damnable excuse for a human being is on record as having said, “There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.”

Stonewall say she won the award “overwhelmingly”.

The Gene of the pair is the Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, the only out gay bishop in the Anglican Communion.

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