Monday, April 27, 2015

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The Outlaw Jimmy Wells

Jim Wells, a Protestant fundamentalist, has under the euphemism of resignation been forced out of his post as the North’s micro minister for health. It is right that he went given his fundamentally unhealthy attitude to the gay community. A minister who publicly proclaims that some citizens are unfit for normal family functions on no grounds other than his own biblical bigotry renders himself unfit for office. In that oft quoted phrase for passing your sell by date, his position had become untenable.

Booting him out is fine but it does absolutely nothing to address the issue of how he was ever shoed into the top spot in a science saturated field and he 'a man who despite having no background in science felt qualified to dismiss an entire body of it.'

David Ford, who himself is the incumbent of a sensitive post despite his disdain for the judgement of the courts in the Christy Walsh case being on a par with those of Wells towards gays, at least got it right in his comment:

Peter Robinson was entirely aware of Jim's views at the point when he made him minister of health. The real question is what does that say about the leadership of the DUP that they're prepared to put somebody with those kind of views into such a sensitive post with all the responsibility it has?

Which leads to the challenge firmly nailed by Eamonn Mallie that confronts Peter Robinsons as he looks into the pit rather than the pool of talent from where he might draw a replacement for Wells.

The problem now for DUP leader Peter Robinson is finding a Health Minister from within his own party ranks who would disagree with Jim Wells’s views on same sex marriage and children being reared by same sex parents and so on. With the exception of Pam Cameron I am not aware of any other DUP MP or Assembly member disassociating him or herself from Mr Wells’s Downpatrick remarks.

While all that is going on we now we learn of a new PSNI investigation into Wells's comments. That makes his opinion the subject of two police investigations, the second in respect of comments he made to a lesbian couple while canvassing.  This dangerous trend of demanding that the police be used as an instrument of thought control is reaching a new pitch in the North. It is hard to determine who is the worst offender, the people who made the complaint to the police or the police for having listened to it in the first place. What seems reasonable to say is that both are wasting police time.

The BBC reported in unconcerned fashion that ‘the Police Service of Northern Ireland is trying to establish if an offence has been committed.’  It is doing no such thing. It is not trying to find an offence but to fashion one out of the Wells comments.  Short sighted policing tackling blind bigotry is hardly emblematic of a visionary society.

6 comments :

larry hughes said...

I'm trying to figure out why the nationalists voted en block for the motion and unionists against. Is there no issue of personal conscience permitted any more on any issue?

Glad it was defeated.

Alfie Gallagher said...

Larry,

Fifty years ago, most people were as opposed to interracial marriage as you are to gay marriage.

alwayssunny said...

I'm trying to figure out why the nationalists voted en block for the motion and unionists against. Is there no issue of personal conscience permitted any more on any issue?

Yea it is strange that unionists did not vote for gay marriage to be legalized like it is in the rest of the uk seeing as we are supposed to be part of Britain. The only explanation is that nationalists feel more strongly about equal rights in society than unionists do. It sounds to me like people just use the bs 'consciousness' excuse to justify their own prejudice. The DUP talk about gay people how they talked about catholics well maybe not as bad

larry hughes said...

Alfie

I had no idea the notion of a black man and a white man being legally married with a wee mixed race child in a buggy as of 'RITE' was ever on the agenda 50 years ago. What next, bestiality being forced upon us as nothing but a normal minority human condition rather than an adoration. I mean the spawn of the Planters here in Ulster, those wonderful human specimens the Hillbillies in the Smoky Mountains, Appalachia, USA, have been fucking pigs for centuries. (and I'm not talking incredibly ugly females here either). I really think people are being pressured far too much by minority interests to facilitate them beyond reason and be seen to be liberal. No one is attacking people for their sexuality, they can go to jail for that. The law provides enough gay rights and employment and property related safe guards already. ENOUGH FFS.

Alwayssunny

'It sounds to me like people just use the bs 'consciousness' excuse to justify their own prejudice'.

Sounds a little SF DUP bully boy-ish. If you don't agree with the gay agenda, have an alternative opinion or don't tow the party line you are a bull-shitter. The comedy continues. Sectarian lines drawn on important issues. Stormont is a shithole.

Peter said...

Brilliant Larry! An Irish catholic accusing others of sexual deviancy, you couln't make it up. Were you an altar boy in your youth?

larry hughes said...

No idea who you saw entering a chapel. You maybe want to go take another look...but then again ATAT is your gangs motto isn't it.