Friday, 26 July 2013

Richard Littlejohn: Gay Times

Nice ad for Gay Times here (even though it's not called that anymore).
Courtesy of Richard Littlejohn's column in the Daily Mail.

Call Me Dave has announced he's on a mission to export gay marriage around the world. Why? At a Downing Street reception to celebrate the passage of the Bill legalising same-sex weddings, he said Britain is 'the best place to be gay, lesbian or transgender anywhere in Europe'.
"Well, hooray for that. Now can we change the subject?"

Apparently not. Rather than dismantle the team that piloted the Bill through Parliament, the Prime Minister plans to send them on some kind of global outreach expedition to spread the word in less enlightened countries.
'There's still a lot more work to be done talking to our Commonwealth partners about decriminalising homosexuality.'
I have visions of civil servants in pink pith helmets combing remote regions of Africa in search of converts, rather like the missionaries who brought Christianity to the savages in the 19th century.
Smiling children flock round rainbow-painted Land Rovers while representatives of HMG distribute souvenir copies of Gay Times and autographed photos of Clare Balding...

etc etc.

Stunningly, the general gist of Littlejohn's argument about how this shows a patronising neo-colonialist Orientalist attitude to "unenlightened" countries is correct.
Obviously he doesn't use the phrase "neo-colonialist Orientalist attitude".
But then he goes and spoils it all by saying something stupid about cutting foreign aid.
An argument often advanced by neo-colonialist Orientalist gay campaigners and journalists, coincidentally.


  1. Love the blog and am usually mhmming in agreement, generally.

    Patronising articles and e-petitions obviously don't help gays in countries that don't celebrate bumming, what do you think does?

    1. All true acts of emancipation come from the oppressed themselves.
      To paraphrase James Connolly.

  2. It's remarkable how similar Richard Smith is to Richard Littlejohn. Are they really the same person? Have they ever been seen together?