Two BBC programmes jokingly attempted to dredge up an old and ridiculous question of whether the floods currently taking place in the UK were caused by gay people.
David Silvester, a UKIP councillor for Henley on Thames recently claimed that he warned David Cameron that allowing gay couples to marry would lead to flooding and that the Prime Minister ignored him.
In the opening the segment of This Week, Andrew Neil joked that the Government had “decided it was the fault of a gay man all along,” in its attempts to “hang [Lord Chris Smith, Environment Agency chairman] out to dry… ever since.”
In an attempt to look into the causes of the flooding across the UK, the BBC went to magician Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee, who live in Wargrave, an area which has been heavily flooded.
Daniels and McGee were introduced, and advocated strongly for actions such as dredging. Daniels said: “I just bet you that no one in the Environment Agency has even got a boat.”
The segment went on with Daniels and McGee heavily criticising the Government for allowing building on flood plains.
Meanwhile on Question Time, David Dimbleby asked UKIP’s Janice Atkinson: “You’re not blaming, like other UKIP members did, gay marriage and God’s retribution for the floods, are you?”
Atkinson said she “had never held that view”, but went on to claim that when Mr Silverster was a Tory Councillor, nobody cared about his views
PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen then tweeted a link to a story published on PinkNews in 2012, when Mr Silverster was a Tory councillor, in which he made similar claims.
— Benjamin Cohen (@benjamincohen) February 13, 2014