British, Polish Conservative homophobia and anti-Semitism

This video from England is called Family and friends of murdered teenager Michael Causer protested outside Liverpool Crown Court today following a not guilty verdict on Friday.

From British daily The Independent:

Gay Tory: Dave‘s embarrassing friends

Conservative MEP’s claim that homophobia does not exist lands his leader in trouble

By Jane Merrick

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Helmer’s blog posting has heaped pressure on his leader

One of David Cameron‘s MEPs and close friend of the controversial Polish politician at the centre of a row over anti-Semitism has sparked fury by claiming that homophobia does not exist.

Roger Helmer, Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, said that homophobia was “merely a propaganda device designed to denigrate and stigmatise those holding conventional opinions”.

Writing on his aptly named blog Straight Talking, Mr Helmer defended Michal Kaminski, the head of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, who is under fire over his controversial views.

It follows a row over Mr Kaminski’s one-time membership of the far-right National Rebirth party (NOP) and his opposition to an apology for Polish involvement in a wartime massacre of Jews in the town of Jedwabne.

The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, last week criticised Mr Cameron for aligning himself with the Polish politician. Mr Kaminski denies that he is anti-Semitic.

However, his Polish Law and Justice Party opposes gay marriage and has banned gay rights marches. …

The remarks will cause concern among members of Mr Cameron’s inner circle who are alarmed that the row is casting his European policy in an unflattering and backward-looking light.

Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall, said yesterday: “If Mr Helmer thinks that homophobia doesn’t exist in modern Britain, then perhaps he should be introduced to the families of Michael Causer and Jody Dobrowski. I suspect that their dignity in the face of the murders of their sons by homophobes might cause Mr Helmer to think again.

“The sort of delusional paranoia he expresses seems to be precisely the same as the hysteria that led some of his colleagues in the 1980s to bequeath the Conservative Party the millstone of Section 28. If they have any sense, they will not give him the oxygen of further publicity.” …

Mr Helmer was one of the outspoken figures on the Tory right who pressed Mr Cameron to keep his promise, made in 2005 to win over Eurosceptics, to withdraw from the mainstream in Europe.

He was thrown out of the Conservative European People’s Party grouping in 2005 for organising a Better Off Out campaign, but the Tory whip was later reinstated. He was a leading proponent of the Tories’ decision to withdraw from the EPP and create the new grouping.

Mr Helmer is honorary chairman of the right-wing Freedom Association and a climate-change sceptic.

Climate-change denialist is a better word for this kind of non-thinking anti-science person than “sceptic” which is often associated with critical thinking.

See also on Cameron’s new European allies: here.

The Tories faced fresh questions over their new European Parliament alliance today after it emerged its Polish chair has backed both the Lisbon Treaty and the Common Agricultural Policy: here.

New evidence casts light on Tory EU ally’s attitude to Jews. Observer finds newspaper interview that Polish leader of David Cameron’s European parliament group denied making: here.

The Conservatives are wrong about Michal Kaminski, by Jane Merrick: here.

The Conservative party of David Cameron and William Hague is willing to expel a moderate MEP, Edward McMillan-Scott, for speaking out against the leader of their new group in Europe whose past is seen as so anti-Semitic that leading Jewish Rabbis from around Europe have expressed grave concerns: here.

Gay pride in Iceland: here.

10 thoughts on “British, Polish Conservative homophobia and anti-Semitism

  1. WWII monument struck by vandals

    Poland: Vandals desecrated a monument on Tuesday night marking the spot where Polish militiamen burned hundreds of Jewish people alive during World War II.

    The monument in the town of Jedwabne honours the victims of July 10 1941, when about 40 Poles mobilised by the town’s German gendarmerie hunted down Jews, forced them to demolish a statue of Lenin and then shut them in a barn and set it alight, killing up to 400.

    The vandals used green paint to spray the symbols of a swastika and SS on the monument, as well as the phrases “I don’t apologise for Jedwabne” and “they were flammable.”


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