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  1. BouncerManInBlack 10 Jan 2011, 10:59am

    What an awful nasty man.

    Thank God the Conservatives saw sense and dumped him.

    He then failed as an Independent – didn’t that give him a clue that his bigoted views are so last century?

  2. Quote:
    ‘I’m hoping to sue the Conservative Party for defamation…’
    Could I sue him for defamation of my character? Because that is certainly what he has done, to me and all gay people.

  3. Its not defamation when all they have done is state facts and repeat what he said himself. Hopefully court costs will be huge and he’ll stfu from now on. This may have ruined his life just like homphobia ruins the life of thousands

  4. Jock S. Trap 10 Jan 2011, 11:19am

    So he feels he should have the right to discriminate. How boring!

    Nothing like a bad loser to make it worse for himself.

    His sort need to be gotten rid of in favour of more equality driven MPs. Ya know the ones who actually want to work for their constituency to make them a better place for all.

  5. I’d like to see him try and ban it in the natural world first. Overwhelming evidence shows that homosexuality is widespread amongst many species.

    Clearly, Philip Lardner is the one that is not normal.

  6. defaming a bigot? Impossible!

  7. He should have also had his job taken away, let alone his candidacy… Homophobic teachers should not be allowed in schools.

  8. Oh how I love the delicious irony here!

  9. I actually feel sorry for this individual. To have that narrow minded opinion of people means he will never be able to be a contributor to real development in our society.

    He can have his opinion and say it until he is blue in the face, but to attempt to sue people is trying to dignify his opinion with some sort of ‘rule of law’…

    I look forward to the article where it is reported he lost his case and is out of pocket.

  10. I’m not surprised torture got shot of him … They may think it but have sense not to say it.

    I’m more surprised he was able to keep his teaching job!!!! Filling heads of the youth with bigoted hate.

    Shows where the review boards koala lie. And they say homophobia is going down in schools lol what a joke.

  11. Vile man.

    Don’t why he feels he has to shove his anti-gay views down everyone’s throats.

  12. He is just as bad a Brian Souter of Stagecoach, anti gay and want homosexuality banned from schools and in life in general.
    People like that should not exist, its 2011 not 1950s. Homosexuality been about since the beginning of time, if the romans did it then why cant we.

  13. Steve@GayWebHosting 10 Jan 2011, 1:19pm

    Come on guys… I have to say that I agree with him..

    After properly selecting him for a seat, the Conservative party then decides to dump him and hang him out to dry for simply stating what most of them are (privately) thinking anyway!

    How completely unfair of them to treat one of their own true-blues so shabbily!

    I mean, whats the world coming to when you can´t be an openly blue-blooded homophobe in the Conservative Party?

  14. So it’s OK for him to slag off gay people, but when the brickbats come back in the other direction, he doesn’t like it.

    I really hope he goes ahead and sues. The courts will eat him alive.

  15. I smell another Christian Institute funded court case so they can play the victim card again.

    Homophobia is grounds to be sacked in employment law, so all Tory HQ need to do is say Philip Lardner’s public homophobic statements as a candidate went against its equal opportunities policy.

  16. just read this idiots web site. Goes on about common sense then shows none of it what so ever. Just another bigot with a chip on his shoulder, trying desperately to boast his own self importance. You took it to the people, and the people spoke , now piss off.

  17. Mr Lardner, 43, wrote on his website that “most” people agree that homosexuality is wrong,

    Mr Lardner obviously means most homophobic people like him agree that homosexuality is wrong.

    Homosexuality is not a moral issue, it is simply a sexual orientation intrinsic to a person including the expression of that orientation… naturally.

    Perhaps we should show compassion and hold out a hand of friendship and understanding to those like Philip Lardner who mask theiir profound personal emptyness and sadness behind a show of anti-gay anger.

  18. de Villiers 10 Jan 2011, 2:36pm

    > After properly selecting him for a seat, the Conservative party then decides to dump him and hang him out to dry for simply stating what most of them are (privately) thinking anyway!

    It would be unfortunate if the same unacceptability towards insulting people on the grounds of their sexual orientation did not also apply to insulting people on the grounds of their politics.

  19. “I smell another Christian Institute funded court case so they can play the victim card again”

    Yes, the stench is overwhelming. I hope he loses his case too, not because I wish him ill, but because I hope he’ll then be able to think about his views and assess them. I feel sorry for him because he doesn’t seem a very happy man at all.

    I’m very surprised he was allowed to keep his teaching job too. Shocking.

  20. A,J,Mainland 10 Jan 2011, 3:03pm

    Its after hearing stories like this, and reading of a previous west Highland man’s description of the
    west being a cesspit, that I reluctantly know, moving away from
    that idilic place was the correct
    initiative to follow.
    Little does he realise he is the most unnatural thing in all of this
    and you’d think someone of his age would understand better.
    John Calvin rules the mind I’m
    afraid. Does he realise Ayrshire
    is where the open minded Robert
    Burns, kicked so many biggots
    in the teeth with their own stupidity and hypocracy by writing some timeless beauties
    like Holy Willie, and Address
    To The Ridgidly Righteous?
    The people of Ayr and Arran are
    renouned for their warmth and
    respect for Burns teaching, but
    he is acting like a classic
    example of one of his targets.
    People will remember you Mr Lardner, but for all the wrong
    reasons.

  21. Just as racist teachers would not be welcome in schools, so should homophobic teachers be unwelcome: they can damage children.

  22. There’s a place for folks like him. It is called the BNP.

  23. vulpus_rex 10 Jan 2011, 3:29pm

    “I mean, whats the world coming to when you can´t be an openly blue-blooded homophobe in the Conservative Party?”

    Aah, the usual enlightened contribution from a Guardian reading tosser. Grow up.

  24. @vulpus_rex — it’s unfortunately true, I’m sorry to say, that the Conservative Party has a very poor record on equality and rights for gay people.

    I guess as a result you’d expect satirical remarks like Steve’s. Don’t really think it’s a definitive statement of his political views though !

  25. This guy is clearly a bigot.

    However he is correct when he says that he was dumped solely because the Tory Party knew he would not get elected.

    Chris Grayling was recorded saying that he thought B&B owners should be allowed to break the law by denying goods and services to gay people.

    Philippa Stroud’s church (and by extension Philippa Stroud) was apparently involved in ‘conversion therapy’ torture against gay people.

    Yet these 2 bigots had a better chance of winning so were allowed to remain part of the party.

    Why the double standard?

    if homophobic bigotry is unacceptable to the Tories, then why is Chris Graylign still a member of the party?

  26. Rest assured that many in the conservative party are supporting this endeavour.

  27. Angry homophobe to sue Tory party…Oo-er missus!

  28. KatieMUrphy 10 Jan 2011, 5:29pm

    Just send him to the vatican, where he and the pope can have a merry old naked time together.

    Evil ignorant people will always be with us. Cant you strengthen your hate speech laws to jail creeps that are always finding a way to demonize others?

  29. It foolish say homophobes only exist in Tory Party when all Party full of them.

    Partisan people are foolish! Just like this man only believe what want to.

    This man horrible evil coward.

  30. Dan Filson 10 Jan 2011, 8:28pm

    Let’s hope he and the ~Conservative Party slug it out at enormous expense, with ruinous legal fees (ideally going to my nieces and their spouses).

  31. 21stCenturySpirituality 10 Jan 2011, 11:58pm

    Yawn…not another one. Do they grow them in a field somewhere or something? For goodness sake grow up & grow a brain Mr Lardner.

  32. A Homosexual 11 Jan 2011, 1:06am

    I agree with him too. He was speaking the truth. Homosexuality is wrong and children should not be taught about it in schools, and I welcome Section 28 back.

  33. 21stCenturySpirituality 11 Jan 2011, 5:29am

    @ A Homosexual…‘For a moral judgement to be respectable it must have something to say about just why a supposed wrong action is wrongful. If it fails to meet this test it is a preference and not a moral judgement at all.’ Richard Holloway quoting John Harris in Godless Morality – Keeping Religion Out Of Ethics.

  34. @A Homosexual — when you say “Homosexuality is wrong” what do you mean by ‘wrong’ ? You say “children should not be taught about it in schools” — but why ? I presume you think other behaviours are wrong — for example theft — and they are taught about in schools. Why must homosexuality never be mentioned ? What do you think would happen if it was ?

    Section 28 — which you welcome back — proscribed the ‘promotion of homosexuality’. Do you think it possible to promote a sexual orientation and thereby change it ? Could change somebody change yours ?

  35. I totally disagree with Philipa Lardner’s ignorant opinion that homosexuality is wrong and that it is not normal, nobody has suggested children should be encouraged to indulge in any sexual activity whether heterosexual homosexual or otherwise so I wonder wehy he makes it part of his argument other than as an attempt to spread fear and anti-gay panic.

    Also Lardner’s use of the word “indulge” is odd in that it is often used in association with something that is a luxuriousspecial treat… so I suspect his allusion to indulging in homosexuality is a bit of a Freudian slip showing a not very well hidden desire for same on his part.

  36. A,J,Mainland 11 Jan 2011, 8:11pm

    Ye see your state wi theirs compared, and shudder at the niffer, But cast a moments fair
    regard, what maks the mighty
    differ. Discount what scant occasion gave that purity ye pride in, and (whats aft mair
    than a’ the lave) your better art
    o’ hiding. R.Burns,
    Indeed indeed, what is it that
    makes Mr Lardner so mega anti
    gay other than a paranoia of
    his
    own actual identity. Burns would
    probably nickname him Lardass.

  37. 21stCenturySpirituality 11 Jan 2011, 11:12pm

    A Homosexual = Hit & Run

  38. 21CS . . . I agree

    Looks like another spineless hit and run merchant, but with a curious tiltle “A Homosexual” . . . perhaps even an ExGay Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian Crackpot!

  39. john abbott 13 Jan 2011, 9:35pm

    I guess that all some people have in their pitiful little lives is their hatred and ignorance. How sad for them.

  40. john abbott 13 Jan 2011, 9:42pm

    Straight people are in the vast majority-80-90%, gay people 10-20%. So how is it these straight people are portraying themselves as the poor victims of the huge ‘gay agenda’ when in fact they far outnumber us? Since when is it possible for the small minority to victimize the huge majority? Illogical. Whiners and liars the bigots are.

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