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Lincolnshire: Gay fraudster tricks police commissioner hopeful

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  1. What has Brown’s sexuality got to do with this story? Are we supposed to think that his being gay has something to do with being a criminal? Don’t the boigots make these kind of insinuations in precisely this kind of associative way?

    I can’t help but think that this site sometimes perpetuates homophobia by engaging in crap like this.

    1. Cardinal Capone 29 Oct 2012, 3:27pm

      Or perhaps they just thought we could help catch him. Though in that case a photo would be useful.

    2. My understanding – and I may well be wrong here – is that PN’s remit is to report (or repeat) any items of news that concern or involve gay people in any way. (It’s sometimes of use to see how gay people or supposedly gay people are reported in other media too.)

  2. I’m with Tom – what does this guys sexuality have to do with anything? He broke the law – are PinkNews now pandering to the redtops? Switch ‘gay’ for black, jewish, muslim, or combination of all three and you’d find yourselves reported to the Press complaints commission – actually, I might just do that.

  3. I was going to make exactly the same comment. The guy’s sexual identity has got nothing to do with anything. Highlighting it is bigoted, plain and simple.

  4. Gotta love the irony here

  5. Cardinal Capone 29 Oct 2012, 3:24pm

    Would it not be more useful if PN published a photo of the fraudster, rather than the victim?

  6. Jesus Mohammed 29 Oct 2012, 4:43pm

    Well, at the very least this story is a reminder that there are people out there who are utter liars, utter deceivers, and bloody good actors.

    I, unfortunately, was once duped by an extremely goodlooking one.

  7. Gillian Radcliffe 29 Oct 2012, 5:21pm

    Just to add, I was there when Mervyn did his press interviews. He didn’t say it was a “wild” night out with Matthew and I wouldn’t want anyone getting the wrong impression. It was a special occasion and Mervyn did say that they drank at several bars and had dinner at a fancy restaurant on The Strand. Mervyn then he joined Matthew for a final drink at the Shadow Lounge in Soho before getting a cab home and leaving Matthew to continue his evening there.
    I don’t think the issue of sexuality is relevant either. Despite some mischievous chatter on Twitter today, these two men were not in a homosexual relationship. Mervyn confirmed this to the Sunday Times in my hearing. I met them both several times and never got any hint of anything other than friendship and business.

  8. A rather interesting account of this career shyster and his convoluted tale here:

    1. Jesus Mohammed 29 Oct 2012, 8:21pm

      Thanks very much for this link, Rehan. A riveting read, it was!

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