Answer: when James Delingpole says:
Can we clear something up: there’s not a person in the land, left- or right-wing, pro- or anti-Murdoch who felt anything other than the deepest horror, grief and outrage over Milly Dowler or the Soham murderers. Yet to listen to the way these tragedies are now being invoked by the liberal-left to support its pet causes you’d imagine feeling and emotion and sensitivity were the sole preserve of Guardian-reading bien-pensants.
And it doesn’t just happen on this issue but on so many others too. Consider how, for example, the left-liberal bully mob exploited the story about the snogging gay couple turned away from a London pub, or the one about the other gay couple who – quite by accident I’m sure –booked themselves into a Cornish hotel run by ardent Christians who insisted rooms should be shared by married couples only. In both those cases important issues of genuine concern to the wellbeing of our country – how far should minority “rights” be allowed to trump property rights and freedom of choice, for example? – were drowned in a sea of Twitterish name-calling. Anyone who tried putting the counterargument – even someone like me with almost as many gay friends as straight ones – was blithely written off as a homophobe.
We are back in the realm where nasty people with nasty ideas insist, shouting and stamping their feet, that their ideas have equal validity and merit purely because they have them. What utter garbage. The ‘liberal-left’ ‘pet causes’? WHAT? Does this idiot really think the outrage over those phone hacking stories is related to anything other than fury over the immorality of News International’s behaviour?
For that matter discrimination law says that people providing goods and services aren’t allowed to discriminate against gay people for any reason. Since when is holding people to the law a ‘bully mob’? Pathetic. I note Delingpole resorts to the ‘I have gay friends’ argument, as if that legitimises his homophobic rhetoric. And it is homophobic – he’s not had the courage to risk saying he opposes the Equality Act. But goes on:
No one has a less deserving claim to the moral high ground than the liberal-left, for in the name of making our “society” kinder and fairer it is actually eroding our freedoms, stealing our livelihoods, stoking resentment and social division, destroying our economic future. Yet daily we go on letting these disingenuous bleeding heart scuzzballs get away with it. Why?
So equality, in his eyes, doesn’t make society kinder. In his eyes you should show kindness to people who discriminate against people for who they are – stopping them from doing that erodes their freedom and causes resentment! It makes you a scuzzball! I can think of a few other choice words I’d call him, but he’d no doubt, missing out the irony altogether, call it Twitterish name-calling.
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