The Pink Tafia is still rustling its skirts, spitting and snarling in spirited defence of David Laws. There is a gaping hole at the rear of their argument. One that is being completely ignored by the Pinkeratti.
It is simply this.
Claiming a Second Home Allowance is not obligatory. It is not thrust upon you. Your Mother doesnât turn you into a Claimer. It is a lifestyle choice.
I am well aware that any notion of choice is anathema to those who promote the âuman Rights of the Gay lobby. Their agenda is predicated upon the belief that they have no choice.
Unfortunately, their entire argument, and the yards of simpering nonsense that have been printed in defence of Laws and his rent-boyfriend arrangement is predicated on the unspoken assumption that he had no choice as to whether to claim that Â£40,000 or not.
As does every other benefit claimant when they start a new relationship. Do I tell the Housing Benefit Office that I am no longer entitled to claim Housing Benefit or do I keep quiet about my love life and keep the money?
David Laws was a benefit claimant. Nothing more glamorous than that. We work to provide the benefit.
He lied about his circumstances and entitlement to that benefit.
Nothing has shocked me more this past week than Iain Daleâs statement:
âAre we really insisting that if all our politicians arenât whiter than white, they should quit? Itâs a very strange logic”
I have had a certain grudging respect for Iain Dale up until now. I find it hard to believe that he should be promoting the idea that it is impossible to find 646 or 650 men or women out of our 60 million population that have irreproachable morals and that therefore we should give up and accept the odd tea leaf here and there in our political brew.
Iain has done a great deal for politics, particularly on-line politics. I hope to hear in the near future that he admits to being overwrought at finding a fellow gay so pilloried in the press and it caused him to pen those lines. I hope he takes them back. I really do.
The Gay lobby is a powerful one; it has done much to right the injustices that befell the homosexuals in our community. We should never forget that they are also a powerful political lobby that is not averse to hanging their political hat on any convenient hook.
There was an international outcry in response to the jailing of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (now pardoned and released). The Gay lobby pressed for International Aid to be stopped to Malawi until this blatant âhomophobiaâ was stopped. When the President pardoned the couple and they were released from prison, it was claimed as a victory for the âgayâ lobby.
It seems that all is not so simple. Tiwonge Chimbalanga is believed to be a transgender or intersex individual.Â She has lived as a woman all her life. She dressed as a woman, and was employed as a woman. In the United Kingdom she would probably have been allowed to amend her birth certificate.
We are not privy to the reasons why it was decided to pardon this couple â along with a statement that homosexuality is still illegal in Malawi.
It may well be that medical evidence was produced. A lot of the evidence produced to prove that this was an example of âhomosexualityâ rested on Flony Frank who, whilst employing Tiwonge as a woman had forced her to undress one day:
She then told the court that she discovered male genitals though they did not look normal to her.
Tiwonge claims to menstruate every month:
âI have male genitals, but inside I am a complete woman. Maybe I cannot give birth to a child, but I menstruate every month â or most months â and I can do any household chores a woman can do.â
Peter Tatchell has been taken to task over this issue and his paper thin excuse was that âhe did not have Tiwongeâs permissionâ to describe her as transgender, nor âofficial confirmationâ that she was – from government officials in a country which does not recognise the condition! Neither of these factors stopped him from making his emotional plea that this was a case of blatant homophobia which should be punished by stopping all aid to Malawiâ¦â¦
The story is not as simple as the political activists would have us believe and the erasing of this story’s intersex, transgender, and/or transsexual history says a lot about the gay community and its media.