Northern Ireland’s new Health Minister has inexplicably blocked PinkNews and several critics on Twitter, just hours into the role.
DUP politician Jim Wells was appointed to the post yesterday in a reshuffle to replace Edwin Poots, who was branded a “disgrace” after he refused to lift the country’s blanket ban on gay men donating blood.
However, Mr Wells – who has previously claimed that he finds Pride “repugnant” and refused to take part in gay rights debates – has taken to blocking users who criticise him on the social networking website.
He has blocked the official Twitter account of PinkNews from following him – and is yet to provide a reason for doing so.
A hashtag #BlockedByWells has sprung up among users targeted by the Minister, and skeptics groups, women’s rights activists and gay rights advocates are all among those who have been blocked.
— Belfast Skeptics (@BelfastSkeptics) September 24, 2014
— marie-clare (@sweetirishf) September 24, 2014
— Winston Smith (@winstonsmith121) September 24, 2014
Looks like I have also been #blockedbywells
— sarah (@sarahluv81) September 24, 2014
To be clear, most #BlockedByWells last night asked very polite questions about reproductive health or didn’t even interact with him at all
— Tommy (@RationalPanic) September 24, 2014
Mr Wells told Belfast Pride previously: “I understand that you contacted my Kilkeel office regarding what is termed a ‘Belfast Pride’ debate.
“I find the behaviour of those who take part in this march repugnant. I do not wish to be associated in any way with this event.
“My position on this will not change in the future and I would politely suggest that any further requests of this nature will be a total waste of your time.”