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Wednesday, 28 April 2004

UKIP London mayoral candidate Frank Maloney -"I don't want to campaign around gays...I don't think they do a lot for society."

Really, this gentleman needs to be more imaginative - I'm sure there are a few gays who'd support his Party's ideas (not me amongst them, though); some of us even pay [lots of] tax and do other mundane things as well. But that's not what all this is about, of course. Mr Maloney doesn't like gays, that's it in a nutsehell. Of course he says:

"I'm not homophobic, but in public let's live a proper moral life - I think that's important."

- why do homophobes always say this kind of thing, which they must surely know doesn't stand up to a moment's scrutiny and which no-one but fellow homophobes will swallow? Beats me.

I have some advice for Mr Maloney - if you're going to campaign seriously in a city that is so diverse as London then saying this kind of thing seems designed to alienate those whose votes you are trying to win. Surely a more productive, if devious, tactic would be to keep 'schtum' about this kind of thing until after you were safely elected? Perhaps he is just not a devious person. Or perhaps he is just ... not the brightest on the block. But with his kind of views, that is not really a surprise.

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