We’re planning a Flashmob for Cameron


10:58 am - April 7th 2010

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Dear Dave,

We know this is tough for you. Tony had it so easy. All he had to do was repeal Section 28, allow gay adoption and appoint the first openly gay cabinet ministers and everyone thought New Labour was god’s gift to gay rights.

You’ve not only had to overcome your party’s dodgy record, you’ve also struggled personally with the prejudices that made you vote in a pretty anti-gay way before you became leader. So big up for everything you’ve done so far to overcome homophobia in yourself and in your party.

But Chris Grayling and Berkshire B&B-gate really does make us doubt your homophile credentials. His comments were more stupid than offensive – surely he can tell the difference between inviting someone into your home and providing a commercial service?

It’s a cultural thing, it’s how they grew up. It’s sort of not their fault. And they deserve to be represented in our political system. But they really can’t pretend they’re in the majority anymore. They are literally a dying breed.

We know you need their support because they’re politically dependable, but they’re anything but shiny and new, so of course it’s going to be hard to keep them happy while rebranding the Conservative party as shiny and new.

You can’t be all things to all men, because that kind of makes you nothing. Either you’re the party of Section 28, or you’re the party of 20 gay candidates. Either Chris Grayling’s comments were acceptable, or they weren’t.

On Sunday we’re going to throw you a party where you can properly come out as a homophile or a homophobe. If you want to be in our gang, you need to dump Chris Grayling – he’s cramping your style.

If you’re actually a bit grossed out by men kissing and think that lesbians just need a good rogering from the right man, that’s ok too. We can tolerate that. We’ll be polite in public, we might even bring ourselves to shake your hand one day. It’s good that you’re being honest. But don’t expect us to vote for you.

Yours sincerely wishing you’re sincere,

Some gay people

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The Big Gay Flashmob will be held this Sunday (April 11th) at 2pm, venue tbc.
RSVP to the facebook event, follow the #DavesComingOutParty hashtag. We’ll be using twitter too.

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Planning, surely?

A ‘flashmob’????
Good grief – is that what political protest in the UK has come to these days?

The mind boggles at what your response would be to a really important story.

Excellent.

4. Alisdair Cameron

Using 747s or carpentry tools?

Planing?

A; My mother made me a poof.
B: If I gave her the wood would she make me one too?

(PS for the avoidance of doubt I am a poof)

Sorry, guys. When it comes down to it, homophobia is going to be an important Tory weapon to win back the reactionaries. Why else would Cameron delete “gay or straight” from his list of acceptable voters in his opening speech? Why else would a ConHome thread on council elections in Barking devolve into a rant about kids seeing a play that condemns homophobic bullying?

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/localgovernment/2010/04/the-battle-for-barking-and-dagenham.html

Hey, cjcjc @ 4:

I do declare you’ve taken the mick out of yourself. You should be more careful – you could easily offend yourself, and have to report yourself to the authorities for hate speech.

I was interested to find out that it was a Conservative prime minister who rescinded the ban on gay people in the diplomatic service.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/the-love-that-dared-not-speak-its-name-in-the-foreign-office-1931127.html

Incidentally, I’ve just come back from the shops, and this is a real hot topic. I hear it on all sides in the greengrocer, charity shops, the Co-op: Grayling . . . whisper . . .whisper . . .whisper . . . homophobia . . .whisper . . .whisper . . .whisper . . .B & B . . .whisper . . .whisper . . .whisper . . .
Yes, there’s real indignation out there, especially in the Cats’ Protection League shop.

oops, typo corrected

@6 Trofim

While it may be true that there “is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents”, this one action hardly offsets the rest of the Tories record on this issue, or indeed many others.

11. Charlie G

Dear ‘Guest’,

You may be planning a ‘flashmob’ for David Cameron, but he is planning for government. I wonder which will achieve more.

Don’t worry, I’m sure it’ll be your ‘flashmob’.

Guest – I hate the idea of Flashmobs.
They seem so camp.

A Flashmob is basically the same as a protest except the police don’t smash your face in.

@11 Since when was it a contest? Tit.

Yet Ben Summerskill continues to issue newsletter statements with thinly veiled support for the Tories. From his intro in the latest Stonewall e-bulletin:
“Chris Grayling may have embarrassed the Conservatives this week but our analysis shows that no one should make assumptions about politicians just because of their party or local background. Kate Hoey in Vauxhall, home to London’s second largest gay village, has, it turns out, the worst voting record of any Labour MP – 60 per cent of Conservative MPs have been more gay-friendly in the last five years. And a number of Tory MPs, including George Osborne and Francis Maude, have voting records better than one in five LibDem MPs, some of whom seemed quickly to forget the contents of their party’s 2005 ‘LGBT manifesto’.”


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