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So, Mr Farage accuses a group of Scots of being fascists.

Coming from the xenophobic (to put it kindly) leader of the BNP-Lite, that’s a bit rich.

Okay, there’s always been a bit of an “anyone but England” when supporting sports, but racism has never been a problem in Scotland. The Scots have been too busy kicking the crap out of each other on sectarian grounds to worry about anything like race.

Farage is a nasty little man whose ideas are revolting. A disgusting excuse for a human being. The people of Edinburgh were right to treat him as they did.


Absolutely spot on

Got home from work this evening to find yet another mailshot through the letterbox, this one being from what looks like a particularly bigoted and homophobic organisation, going by the name of coalition for marriage. The leaflet purports to explain ten reasons to oppose same-sex marriage. Or, as the leaflet put it, reasons why the government is wrong to re-define marriage. Reading it through it seems like the sort of complete bollocks that the Daily Fail would come out with.

The ten reasons they give are complete and utter crap, the usual reasons that have been trotted out time and time again. All the reasons have been thoroughly debunked. In fact more than ten reasons have been put forward and still they’ve been debunked, recently for example the New Humanist’s 31 reasons against gay marriage and why they’re all wrong. So I won’t contribute anything more other than to reiterate what a bunch of despicable homophobic scum coalition for marriage are.

Thatcher is dead.

Usually I am with Milton – ask not for whom the bell tolls … no man is an island … any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind.

However I’m the case of Thatcher I can shed no tears. She wrecked Scotland, she gutted British industry in the name of anti-union policy, wrecking mining and the car industry amongst others on the way. She started the gutting of the NHS, leading to the problems we are still dealing with today.

Whilst I would not rejoice in the death of another human, I cannot, will not, mourn her passing. She’ll have her state funeral no doubt. Many years ago I thought it would be an appalling mockery if she were to be given a state funeral, but now I realise that there are many who admire and revere her, many who even idolise or almost worship if not the woman, then the ideal. And I now suppose that there will be as many on the one side who would give her a state funeral as are of the view that we should dance on her grave

Edit: Milton? Did I really write “Milton”? Of course I meant Donne

I always forget to switch off the alarm at weekends, so instead of the Today Programme I wake to the farming news on Saturdays and the god-botherers news on Sundays. This morning there was a piece about Justin Welby, and his plans to go down the traditionalist path, in particular in his opposition to Marriage Equality. He has trotted out the tired old excuse of “always been between one man and one woman”. Tell that to the Athenians.

We don’t live in a Theocracy. The church does not rule the land. The church leaders are welcome to set rules and regulations for their own followers. If the followers and congregations choose of their own free will (such that we have free will…) then the accept the rules and regulations of that organisation. But as to the rest of us, they do not get to order us around, nor to tell us how we are to live our lives. The membership of the Anglican and Catholic churches is falling. Many more people in the UK are identifying themselves as religiously-unaffiliated. I do not believe in all their fairy tales and do not follow any of religion. Welby does not get to tell me that I have to live my life according to his doctrines.

In his opposition to Marriage Equality Welby shows himself to be just another bigot.

It snowed again last night. All of three inches laying this morning. Plenty of warning – the Met office told us Friday that it would snow Sunday night.

And yet the roads were untreated this morning. Are Bucks CC stockpiling Salt and Grit for some strange reason? Why are the so loath to put it on the roads?

Bus was 35 mins late, so ridiculously late getting in to the department. Carousel buses all went past the stop bang on time, but the always-unreliable Arriva were their incompetent selves

Completely unsurprised to see that my MP, Cheryl Gillan, joined the bigots in the “Nay” Lobby to vote against Marriage Equality. Unsurprised but still saddened. You’d think that in this day and age people – MPs especially – would understand the concept of equal rights for all.

No doubt those who went through the Nay Lobby would trot out the usual and stale argument – we can’t redefine marriage.


The church of England’s entire reason for being is to redefine marriage. The catholics defined marriage as a lifelong commitment. Henry VIII had a problem with that. He managed to get his first marriage annulled, but the pope wouldn’t do the same thing a second time. Hence the foundation of this new church specifically to redefine marriage as something that could be dissolved.

Marriage is not something specific to religions. All civilisations have had some means of making commitments between life-partners. And in the past (despite what the churches would have us believe) some of those partners have been same-sex couples. Gay marriage is nothing new. Just read your Greek and Roman History

Churches want to set the rules across the board. I’m sure they won’t be happy unless they have a theocracy. But whilst we have a democracy they should realise that they don’t set the rules for the whole population. Sure if someone agrees to be a member of a particular religious group then they should abide by the rules of that group. And sure, the priests can set the rules by which they expect their followers to live.

But they don’t get to order the rest of us around. They don’t get to make non-believers live by their rules.

I don’t believe in all that superstitious rubbish. I’m not going to follow your rules. You don’t get to order me around. You find some sort of hard evidence that I should follow a particular course of action and I’ll wilfully submit. But as long as you’re just trying to enforce some superstitious crap then you can piss off.

If religious types don’t like having gay marriage then they don’t have to marry someone of the same sex. I support equality for all so I want to see same sex marriage allowed. If two people of the same sex want to get married then I want them to be able to do so.

It’s about not tolerating the religious trying to rule the lives of the non-religious

It’s about equality.

I’m with Voltaire. We shall never be free until the last monarch has been strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

The monarchy has this at least in common with the church: they are both medieval parasites feeding off the citizens. How have we come into the twenty-first century and still have a feudal head of state? Surely it is time that we had a true democracy with an elected head of state.

We are supposedly in a time of recession, and yet tens of millions of pounds are being spent over the course of this weekend to “celebrate” that a woman has been given hundreds of millions of pounds over the years for no reason other than that she comes from an inbred family. Throwing good money after bad. Appropriate that Sandringham is her favoured property. Normal for Norfolk, as they say.

Could be worse I suppose. We could have the scientifically-illiterate Idiot Son instead.

I look forward to the dissolution of the monarchy, the dissolution of the church, and the establishment of a secular republic, and a truly Great Britain

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