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Cameron "defends" us against an attack that isn't happening

Recently in Britain we’ve had paedophile scandal after paedophile scandal, I think we have almost a dozen separate inquiries all looking into the various scandals and it’s become clear that previous “investigations” were narrowed down as much as possible. Arse covering was the norm, reputation preserving was what mattered. Same old story, alas.

 And a lot of his criticism is hitting the Tory party since one of the scandals his hitting ex-Tory aides.

 And Cameron has responded by saying he doesn’t want it to turn into an anti-gay witch hunt.


 See, I don’t want it to either. Homophobia often means people often attack gay men as child abusers –just look at the bigots commenting on the Sandusky scandal for one. The Tories should know that – they’ve been the chief forces behind such homophobia – the bigots Baroness Warsi and Theresa May have both attacked gay rights on the basis of “protecting children.”


 Well, except that it’s all been rather… civilised so far. Oh there have been the usual internet trolls but even the Daily Mail has been astonishingly restrained. (It is NOW making connections to gay men – because Cameron raised it). I assume that they locked Melanie Phillips and Jan Moir in a box somewhere to marinate in their collective venom.

 See, if there had been a witch hunt against gay men, if the scandals were constantly referring to gay men or even raising gay men in any significant way, I’d be the first to fight against that and be happy that people are helping combat it.

 But the highest profile cases we have at the moment are Jimmy Saville and Gary Glitter – decidedly straight men. Whether this witch hunt will happen remains to be seen – but, at present, it isn’t.

So what is Cameron talking about? Is he trying to pre-emptively head off such a witch hunt? Or is he trying to stop investigation into the scandal by using gay men as a tool – but suggesting the attackers are homophobic and using the tactics of, well, his party does he try to end the investigation before it hits too close to home?

 The only one connecting gay men to this investigation is Cameron. He is the one who has raised this and, if a witch hunt happens now, it will be at his instigation. I have the nasty feeling we’ve just been thrown not so much under the bus in an attempt to derail this scrutiny.

 No-one’s talking about gay men, Cameron. So why are you?

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I saw that and winced. Since I like to believe the best of people, I'm willing to credit it as an unscripted response to being surprised by Schofield's list. However, that interpretation means that it's the connection he made in his head, which is just desperately sad.


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"pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"

if we can roar and yell and raise a ruckus, everyone will ignore what's really going on

um, yeah, that didn't work for the teabaggers either

Actually gay politicos are over represented on the list schofield was talking about. people *are* targetting openly gay MP's Mandelson, Portillo and Laud etc. So yeah in this context Cameron did and said the right thing . Excuse me now I have to go throw up

Editied to add Ted heath's name has beeen thrown about by the media because of his connection to saville admittedly ......but weren't there rumours about him being gay for years? IIRC It wouldn';t suprise me If tconnection was lready in many peoples minds and yes David probably didn't hel matters by saying what he did but Ted heaths name is out there in connection Sabvile

IDK I'm not saying he did this out of the goodness of his heart or out of any real concern for the gay politicos but yeah

Edited at 2012-11-09 12:16 am (UTC)

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