In another scary incidence of Tory Party control freakery and discrimination against anyone with a mind of his own, Philip Lardner, their candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, has been suspended by the Party.
His crime? Writing on his website that he believes homosexuality is not normal and that it should not be promoted to schoolchildren.
We haven’t seen the likes of this outrageous behaviour since, oh last week, when a Conservative Party candidate in Hampshire,
defended his views against equalising the gay age of consent, saying he feels there is an increased risk of HIV infection.
Dr Julian Lewis, the incumbent MP for New Forest East and shadow defence minister, was accused of being a “paranoid homophobe” at a local hustings by left-wing activist and student Andrew Tindall.
And of course, a couple of weeks ago, Chris Grayling had the nerve to suggest that people who run B&Bs in their homes should be able to decide who resides there.
Yesterday afternoon, the Pink News exclusively revealed Philip Lardner’s views on homosexuality – simply by reading his website. Yes, this is how easy it is to get your exclusive mentioned in the national press and ruin someone’s career in the process.
Look at the headline: Exclusive: Scottish Tory candidate says homosexuality is ‘not normal’.
Indeed he did, but the Marmalade Sandwich has cleverly noticed how the MSM have reported it,
All [The BBC, the Times, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Scotsman – and, for all I know, several other news providers as well], without exception, have printed a sub-headline which is not true – at least not according to the stories they printed underneath. All say that the Philip Lardner, the Conservative candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran was suspended by the party for describing gay people as “not normal”. All then proceed to quote the remarks which Mr Lardner apparently made. Nowhere does he say that gay people are “not normal”.
He says “I will not accept that their behaviour is “normal.’”
So the original story in the Pink News may be prefaced by the only correct headline, although they fell in line with the others with the update: Updated: Tory candidate suspended for saying gays were ‘not normal’.
According to The Times,
A would-be Tory MP from Scotland has been suspended after describing gay people as not “normal”, it was disclosed today.
No, he did not. He described the behaviour as not normal, rather than the people.
The comments made by Philip Lardner on his campaign website were branded “deeply offensive and unacceptable” by a party spokeswoman.
Under the heading “What I believe in”, the North Ayrshire and Arran candidate had written: “Homosexuality is not ’normal behaviour’.”
Ah, so the journo gets it right with a direct quote, but notice how he uses a quote within a quote: ‘normal behaviour,’ as if to ensure he distances himself from the remark or perhaps to highlight the ‘offensive’ part.
Mr Lardner has been dismissed for stating his personal beliefs, but these beliefs are mainstream no matter how often party officials call them things like: deeply offensive and unacceptable. He also has science on his side because homosexual acts are certainly not natural. Not only that, but he is also lexicographically correct. It is not normal. It is abnormal, but he chose to use the phrase not normal to make it softer.
This latest episode reminds us of what a government led by David Cameron would/will mean.
1. You have to watch what you say and write at all times lest you be accused of a thought crime.
2. Traditional, moral values mean diddly squat.
3. Your children will be indoctrinated à la New Labour.
4. There will be no place for dissent and the harassment of people of conscience will become more severe.
Ironically, Mr Lardner also writes on his site,
Someone must change things – please vote to make that person me.
It doesn’t look like it will be him, sadly, but he is right, someone must change things and very soon.
If it is any consolation for him, he is better off away from these backstabbing sycophantic socialists who have assumed control of his former party.