[This is NOT satire, just so you know]
The floods which ruined Christmas celebrations across much of southern England are a sign of God’s disapproval of homosexuality and his gay marriages fury, according to a UKIP councillor for Henley on Thames.
Illustrating how UKIP members’ worldview is often stranger than fiction, Cllr David Silvester says the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act was possibly the final straw for the Almighty, who used his son’s birthday to unleash a prolonged wave of wet and stormy weather.
And, in his letter to the Henley Standard, he asks: “The Christmas floods were the worst for 127 years. Is this just global warming or is there something more serious at work?”
Such an outburst from a UKIP councillor should come as no surprise. Indeed, it was apparent during the run-up to last year’s local government elections – in which UKIP performed well – that there were plenty of homophobes, racists and climate change deniers among its candidates, a fact acknowledged by leader Nigel Farage at the time.
Storms and floods
Even so, Cllr Silvester’s letter to his local newspaper is bizarre even by UKIP standards. He writes:
“Since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the nation has been beset by serious storms and floods.
“The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war.
“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill, but he went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so.
“Now, even as Cameron sheds crocodile tears on behalf of destitute flooded homeowners, playing at advocate against the very local councils he has made cash-strapped, it is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.
“He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’, and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it for everything a nation does is weighed on the scale of divine approval or disapproval.”
It’s worth noting that Cllr Silvester resigned from the Conservative Party over the gay marriage issue, but that his profile still appears on the Henley Conservatives website.
Meanwhile, this is merely the latest in a string of odd pronouncements by a number of the party’s representatives, who have variously:
attacked bisexuals and same-sex marriage;
falsely claimed links between homosexuals and paedophilia;
opposed equal opportunities practice in business; and
In addition, UKIP is:
denies the existence of man-made global warming, would ban the teaching of climate change in schools, and opposes and would withdraw from all climate change-related international commitments and agreements;
positively salivates at the prospect of widespread fracking while, at the same time, opposing all renewable energy projects in the UK on the grounds of cost – despite the fact that renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels once subsidies and incentives are excluded.
keen to cut services and benefits further, while introducing corporate workfare for ‘lazy’ claimants;
not keen on giving foreign aid;
proposing to deregulate the already regulation-light City of London, giving the bankers who handed us the 2008 crash a free hand to try it again;
proposing to abolish inheritance tax, while introducing a flat-rate 31% tax for all earning over £11,500, cutting taxes for the very richest by 14%;
looking to increase defence spending;
wanting to ‘free the police force from the straitjacket of political correctness’.
Fruitcakes, loonies, waifs and strays
Last year, veteran Tory Kenneth Clarke described UKIP as a bunch of ‘fruitcakes, loonies, waifs and strays’. His comments backfired, as UKIP went on to win the national equivalent of 23% of the vote at the May 2013 local elections, their best-ever showing.
As a leading Tory, and therefore one of those most in UKIP’s firing line, Mr Clarke’s comments were ill-advised. But he was right, make no mistake.