I am having very bad anger management issues today so I may be even more fractious and flippant than usual, if such a thing is possible. Could somebody please have the Guinness Book of World Records people on standby just in case I burst through the core of my own ill temper. Thank you. I find it is better not to get more than one rejection a day. That extra one seems to tip you over the edge somehow. It begins to look like a conspiracy and I start to wonder if everyone in the world is related to Flavia Spamidoni – don’t ask. Even my much anticipated vegetable box from Abel & Cole was full of odd items like red cabbage and beetroot. I made borscht and sauerkraut. It did not lift my mood in the way that say a nice plate of Jerusalem artichoke and fennel might have done.
‘Critics say the regulations would mean hotels could not refuse to provide rooms for gay couples, and religious groups would be obliged to rent out halls for gay wedding receptions’.
I’m having a little bit of a problem working out if time is going backwards or not at the moment. I should never have persevered with Torchwood – the long term side effects can be debilitating. Forgive me, but isn’t it already against the law to discriminate against gay people in the service industries? I gather that these new regulations are an overt statement of the obvious to prevent particularly thick rednecks from popping up shingles warning ‘no gays’ outside their B&Bs.
There’s a candlelit vigil in front of the House of Lords where the debate is raging tonight. Perhaps protesters will burn copies of A Suitable Boy to keep warm. According to the BBC, hoteliers are not the only pious business people who may be cast into nightmarish commercial transactions,
‘Some also argue a Christian, Jewish or Muslim printer could be legally forced to print a flyer for a gay night club, or a teacher would have to break the law to promote heterosexual marriage over homosexual civil partnership.’
God forbid! Quite literally apparently. Do printers really have to stand in the way of a regulation designed simply to stop people from being arseholes to other people in order to refuse work? Couldn’t they just say they were busy for the next six months or quote a ludicrous price or pretend they’d run out of Pantone 1767? And what’s the thing with teachers all about? I don’t actually think they are allowed to offer themselves for marriage within the classroom. I know Juliette Fleapants married our maths teacher but I’m pretty sure he waited until she’d finished school to ask her.
The rally has been organised by the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship and although I haven’t actually read the regulations, I am forming the impression that they probably read like some sort of instruction, or imperative even. This would be in character with central Government's usual modus operandi. One of the organisers, barrister Thomas Cordrey told the BBC,
‘Christians have no desire to discriminate unjustly on the grounds of sexual orientation, but they cannot and must not be forced to actively condone and promote sexual practices which the Bible teaches are wrong.’
Has someone got the wrong end of the dildo do you suppose? Surely no hair-shirted hotelier need perish from anguish at the prospect of being deluged by gays whose mission in life is to tempt them into breaking a law. Stand down the catacomb builders because unless your hotel is on Mykonos or
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