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Gay rights opponent Tory MP Edward Leigh knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

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  1. Just goes to show that you can be rewarded for hatred.

    I can’t believe that he has received this honour

    1. Christopher Coleman 16 Jun 2013, 1:31am

      Are you sure he is being honoured for his homophobia? And only for that?

      1. I think you may be right. I don’t know much about Edward Leigh, but bigots are rarely bigots on just one front, they are often offenders on multiple fronts.

    2. Indeed! So disappointing to observe that our government has seen fit to reward such a proven homophobe.

      But I want to remind the PinkNews writer who wrote the article that it is WRONG to refer to Section 28 as “the law which banned schools from teaching students about homosexuality”!

      Section 28 banned “the promotion” of homosexuality. Section 28 was ambiguously and insidiously worded so that its EFFECT was that no teacher in any school could DARE to DO or to SAY anything that could be CONSTRUED as being supportive of homosexual people or homosexuality WITHOUT FEAR OF PROSECUTION.

      We must never forget what Section 28 was really all about, particularly when the evil-doers who supported it and voted it through are still in our midst, and being rewarded for their services! PinkNews Staff Writer, please take good note. Maybe pin the paragraph above to your wall, so no PN person forgets?

      1. On the other hand 17 Jun 2013, 12:04am

        It also banned local authorities from doing anything supportive, including regarding library books!

  2. Christopher in Canada 15 Jun 2013, 12:52pm

    Let him have it. His next date is with an undertaker, just like your Lord Tebbit and so many others of their ilk.

    1. We have a right to be angry and indignant, but this kind of comment doesn’t do our cause any good. Keep it clean and disciplined.

      1. Christopher in Canada 16 Jun 2013, 12:54am

        No, I won’t. I’m not into bondage.

  3. RELIGION is a SUPERSTITION ONLY – It affords bigots and backward retarded human beings an excuse to frame their fear and hatred of others – EVOLVE you Morons or become Extinct!

    1. Christopher Coleman 16 Jun 2013, 1:35am

      Extinction does not affect morons. The increase in the world population merely increases their numbers. If evolution involves the survival of the fittest, you can be sure that morons will make up the bulk of humanity.

      1. Evolution never involved the survival of the fittest. That has always been a fatal misunderstanding of the theory.

        Evolution involved those that best fit their environment, which is a totally different thing. So in a society where boxing is banned and disapproved of, boxers will die out no matter how “fit” they are.

        Likewise in a society that comes to see gay people as equal, homophobes will become extinct. Women who are pro gay will find homophobia in males unattractive and will not choose them as partners.

        It could be argued that looking around you these days it is getting more and more difficult to distinguish gay males from straight males both outwardly and in their personalities. More and more straight men are secure in their sexuality and non threatened by gay men, so care less about dressing in macho ways.

        1. Christopher Coleman 16 Jun 2013, 10:16pm

          Homophobia is not likely to die out any more than any other form of hate. People just need an appropriate occasion to foment hatred, as the Nazis provoked hatred of the Jews. Now we are seeing anti-Muslim feelings surfacing. And, in the USA there are groups desperate to turn back the clock on women’s rights — and they are having considerable success and also exporting their ideas to other countries.

          And as to your example of boxing, I think boxing might die out in societies that ban it or disapprove of it, but the men who have the potential to be boxers will not. After all, some people will still have the physique that a boxer would need and some will also be naturally aggressive. So, too, morons; they’ll not die out, even if society ceases to prize them.

  4. Jock S. Trap 15 Jun 2013, 1:40pm

    Most certainly not deserved in my opinion!

    The man is vile and discriminating and hey, just been awarded for being so…. Just wrong!

  5. does that make him a CBE

    C**T of the British Empire !

    1. We have a right to be angry and indignant, but this kind of comment doesn’t do our cause any good. Keep it clean and disciplined.

      1. when did you get elected as leader of “our Cause” .My vitriol has just as much validity as anyone elses ..its a comments page!!! …deal with it !

    2. Jock S. Trap 16 Jun 2013, 2:50pm

      No, a KBE but just change your C for a K in unt and you still have what he is!!

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Jun 2013, 1:47pm

    I had a vile email exchange with him last year. The man is a total loon. I strongly disapprove of Cameron supporting this anachronism in British Society, aside from his title.

  7. Let’s hope a deal was cut: a gong in exchange for getting out of the way

  8. GulliverUK 15 Jun 2013, 2:15pm

    Every time that man gets up to speak I fear he’ll drop down dead – his great big very red cheeks either mean he’s got excessively high blood pressure, or he’s a drunk – I’m not sure what to think.

    Most of these fundamentalist religious sociopaths aren’t worth bothering about. Does anybody really listen to what they have to say? They’re offensive, they’re a stain on humanity, their intellectual capacity follows closely behind that of a turnip, they are nasty vicious hostile and alien, but at the end of the day you can dismiss Leigh because he’s a freak and trouble-maker even in his own party. He’s a major part of the reason they were in opposition for a decade.

    Most of the public think these awards are ludicrous and attach no importance to them whatsoever, they are historical relics that the establishment just hasn’t yet figured out how to end.

    1. Christopher Hobe Morrison 15 Jun 2013, 4:14pm

      “their intellectual capacity follows closely behind that of a turnip”

      I think you are needlessly insulting a lot of turnips.

  9. essexgirlbecky 15 Jun 2013, 2:29pm

    Arise Sir Rentagob! As well as drumming up opposition to the equal marriage bill, he was also a strong advocate for the amendment of section 5 of the Public Order Act, because he liked the idea of Christian street preachers being free to insult gay people. His award for political services needs to be considered in the context of the following:

    Has received answers to 12 written questions in the last year: below average for MPs, has replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, and has voted in 63.70% of votes in this Parliament: well below average amongst MPs. Apparently his speeches are also readable by the average 17 year old; perhaps this indicates he isn’t very bright?

  10. Well done Cameron, showing your true colours there.

  11. Sir Edward joins an illustrious list of those honoured with a knighthood: Fred Goodwin, Nicolae Ceaucescu, Robert Mugabe, etc. etc.

  12. How was this extremist monster selected for this?

    Did Cameron approve this?

    Edward Leigh does not deserve to be rewarded for his standing as a BNP MP (oh I know he pretends to be Tory but he is a true blue BNP’er)

  13. Sir Arse is still a drunken and debauched cartoon looking version of Robert Redford with a red and swollen looking hooter… gin blossoms perhaps?

    1. I’d love to see the search engine records on his computer. I’d wager there would be something there that makes him a hypocrite.

  14. This Cameron bloke certainly knows how to go to extremes. I guess he is trying to keep members in his own party sweetened through gifts and exposure in order to hold on to his job. People like this should not be rewarded they should be vilified.

  15. When they abolish the undemocratic unelected house of lords, they should also get rid of this unelected undemocratic family who think they are superior through their hereditary and who keep on interfering in the country. British people are so stupid to still put up with this bunch of idiots who think they are above everyone else. The monarchy should be a museum piece of a long forgotten time.

  16. What’s telling is that’s he accepted his Knighthood given that the Catholic Church disapprove of such things and no Catholic Cleric to date has, or is ever likely to accept such an accolade.

    His hypocrisy is on a par with the Christian B&B owners who cite their fate as an excuse for their bigotry and hatred, but despite the bible making it clear that they should not work on the Sabbath, see no problem with doing so.

    1. GulliverUK 15 Jun 2013, 5:32pm

      Good point there – I wasn’t aware of that. I thought the Catholic church were in for everything they can get their hands on. The Pope seems to think it should be a Christian world with Christian beliefs – his interpretation ofcourse.

      1. The Monarchy is pretty much the right arm of the Anglican Church and as it stands no member of the Royal family is allowed to marry a Catholic.

        So here we have Sir Edward Leigh, a devout Catholic calling what he sees as the support of ‘traditional marriage’, which actually as stands discriminates against Catholics…

        For example, Edward Leigh could not legally marry a member of the Royal family.

        I wonder has particular anomaly ever bothered him?

        And of course, is being a Knight actually means he’s sworn his allegiance to the Monarchy, when the Catholic Church would demand you only swear allegiance to God.

        1. Just been reading up on Edward Leigh and his wife apparently is a descendant, distant as it is to the Royal family and she married him, a Catholic, she has now lost any right to claim Royal heritage.

          Also interesting about Edward Leigh is how in favour of Capital Punishment he is.

          Given that’s he an ardent pro-lifer, and, a staunch traditional Catholic, he has no problem at all with state sanctioned murder.

          Always surprising (or is it?) how many staunch traditional Christians are in favour of the Death penalty.

          The Bush and Regan Presidential dynasties certainly proved that when it comes to shooting/hanging/burning your fellow man – they’re all in favour it of, despite the Commandment – Thou Shall Not Kill.

          Hypocrisy prevails, I’m afraid and the State accolades follow.

  17. How come he has such a red face?

    1. Perhaps embarrassed by his own utterances.

    2. Probably the embarrassment the comes from saying stupid things.

  18. Am I the only one who thinks this guy would look really good in a brown shirt? The puce face and the blond hair – I can just see him smashing up Jewish businesses in 1930s Berlin…

  19. A load of right-wing scumbags and cretins get honours at the Queen’s birthday? Shurely shome mishtake.

  20. James Savik 15 Jun 2013, 7:44pm

    Figures it would be someone that looks like the creepy old guy in the back of the bar that hits on every twink in the place.

  21. If Gays did not exist he would hate some other group. People like him are bigots and control freaks, everyone must live as he dictates, there is not enough room on this planet for any one who is not vanilla white, bigots and racists. I like to think of a place where all who are like him, live. Without the rest of us to attack they would soon devour one another.

    1. Good observation, but I am sure gays aren’t the only subject of his hate.

  22. Another spouter all in red silks and lace was all mouth and gaiters not too long ago.
    He has had to flee his native Scotland having been outed for the very thing he was shouting about.
    Have we another case here in Jack Daniels face.
    The louder they shout…..
    Only arsking….
    Keith
    SALFORD

  23. Christopher Coleman 16 Jun 2013, 1:29am

    Unless one is considering a Hitler or a Stalin, no one ought to be defined and judged by a single issue. Leigh is openly homophobic and, despite all of the desirable social changes in recent times, he is not alone. There will always be homophobes. It’s unlikely he is being knighted for his homophobia. He has probably done a number of noteworthy things that count as public service, things that go unnoticed because they are not on our radar. I’m sure that Leigh is a man I could not like; he is a Tory and that implies, for me, unacceptable social and economic ideas and actions.

    Now, while it is discouraging for LGBT folk to see an open homophobe publicly honoured (whatever the reason) and we are inclined to heap abuse on the PM, let us not forget that the same honours list includes an OBE for Felix Alvarez, the Gibraltar gay rights activist. Pink News reports that Alvarez is being honoured “for services to equality and human rights” — in other words, for his work in gay rights.

    1. Christopher, I have studied this homophobe’s Wikipedia entry and there is NOTHING there that indicates he’s done ANYTHING significant, anything of major worth!

      Interestingly though the entry states:

      “Apart from being dubbed “the Viscount” upon his arrival in the Commons, in allusion to his landed gentry background, Leigh also gained a reputation owing to his staunch opposition to abortion, contraception and controversial genetic research, for his support of capital punishment and for his defence of Section 28, which made Local Authorities not allowed to “promote the teaching in any maintained-school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. However, he has since reversed his support for capital punishment.”

      It’s the Tory Establishment that’s given this odious person the gong.

      1. Christopher Coleman 16 Jun 2013, 10:21pm

        Eddy, you are probably right about this. He is a good Tory establishment person and has had all the thoughts they approve of. It is odd, however, that Cameron would want to reward someone who is anti-gay when he is trying to push through his same sex marriage bill. Is Cameron hoping there will be less opposition from the new knight?

  24. He’s nowhere near the first bigot to be knighted and unfortunately he won’t be anywhere near the last.

    1. Sad, but true.

  25. Who does this man represent in Parliament? Gainsborough or the Vatican?

    1. Same place that Sarah Teather MP represents- The Vatican.

      Honestly – I can’t believe that an MP is being paid from OUR tax revenues whilst all the times representing the views of the Vatican State. Boot them out!!!

  26. This is nothing new. I thought I read an article that mentioned him being seen at “Fire” in Vauxhall, in the loo, kneeling before many queens.

  27. Robert (Kettering) 16 Jun 2013, 1:48pm

    Awarded a Knighthood for bigotry and homophobia in my eyes. Disgraceful!

  28. “reaching into all marriages …and changing them into something similar but altogether different” – Ooooh, that’s some scary stuff right there.
    **Scaremongering**
    “Beware for they will come in the night and steal away with your children, for there is nothing a homosexual desires more than the taste of a child’s blood.”

  29. Firstly, yes, it’s disappointing that our government has seen fit to reward such a proven homophobe.

    But I chiefly want to remind the PinkNews writer who wrote the article that it is WRONG to refer to Section 28 as “the law which banned schools from teaching students about homosexuality”!

    Section 28 banned “the promotion” of homosexuality. Section 28 was ambiguously and insidiously worded so that its EFFECT was that no teacher in any school could DARE to DO or to SAY anything that could be CONSTRUED as being supportive of homosexual people or homosexuality WITHOUT FEAR OF PROSECUTION.

    We must never forget what Section 28 was really all about, particularly when the evil-doers who supported it and voted it through are still in our midst, and being rewarded for their services!

  30. Another demonstration of how undemocratic and archaic our honours system is in this country. Honours mean nothing to me and their relevance in society becomes more absurd with every absurd recipient like this. There is no honour in hatred and the victimisation of millions of citizens.

  31. Beelzeebub 16 Jun 2013, 8:33pm

    “Knighted”, from Yes Minister, generally means being kicked “upstairs” and out of harms way.

    In essence, he has been rendered impotent in his parliamentary influence.

    Anything the Lords do can be overridden by the “other place”.

    1. On the other hand 17 Jun 2013, 12:06am

      A knight is not a Lord. It just makes him a Sir.

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