By Patrick Ward
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Bluster and Bigotry

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"In today's Conservative Party, it seems that it is easier to 'come out' as a homosexual than to come out as a climate sceptic," grumbles Tory MEP and Freedom Association chair Roger Helmer on his "Straight Talking" blog.
Issue 345

Perhaps being homosexual is too easy? “It is outrageous that a bed and breakfast proprietor should be obliged to accommodate under his roof people whose behaviour he regards as offensive and sinful,” he foams in another article, gritting his Anglican teeth to agree with Vatican criticism of Labour’s equalities legislation. “It is a sad day when it takes a German Pope to correct the errors of an English government.”

But Helmer is a man of nuance. Here he is on Muslims and Sharia law: “It is a fundamental principle of a democratic society under the rule of law that the same law applies to every citizen, and all must obey, whatever their religion or profession or standing in society.”

But what if they own a B&B? Will Helmer’s next manifesto clarify this?


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