Sunday, April 03, 2005

Jesus 'A Bit Gay'

No, not Jerry Springer The Opera but the Rt. Revd. Gene Robinson:

"Jesus was an unmarried, "non-traditional man" who did not uphold family values, "travelled with a bunch of men" and enjoyed an especially close relationship with one of his disciples."

'Jesus might have been homosexual, says the first openly gay bishop'

Which leads me directly to this story of yesterday concerning a new beermat campaign by the Labour Party. An attempt to return to the party's hard-edged trade union roots perhaps? Not quite:

"Labour activists are hoping that gay voters will find inspiration at the bottom of their pints, by launching a beermat campaign to win their support.

The mats, distributed to clubs and bars by the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR), say a vote for the Liberal Democrats would "let Tory hate back in". Sponsored by the GMB union, they tell drinkers: "Go to bed with Charlie ... wake up with Howard."

That's enough to turn anyone, surely? From voting Tory, obviously. "Go to bed with Nicholas Soames, wake up with Nicholas Soames" would be enough to persuade me to put my X pretty much anywhere, it has to be said. But why stop there? "Go to bed with Oona King, wake up with..."

Yeah right, like I have to spell it out for you.

It's not the first time the party has used beermats to put its message across though. In 2000 they made much hay of William Hague's 14-pint boast using a similar technique. So he's single-handedly to blame for all this binge-drinking probably:

"City centres should be stripped of pubs and bars to combat Britain's escalating binge-drinking problem which is fuelling anti-social behaviour, MPs will say this week."

So much for "Cldnt give a XXXX for last orders?" then. Those supping up with a LCLGR beermat beneath their drink should enjoy their pre-election tipple. It could be their last.

Ideally if I went to bed with Oona I'd like to get no sleep whatsoever.

That's *sexist*, that is.


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