This should have been posted last week, but you know how it is. Anyhow back to blackmouthing a chap.
Until last week one of the few members of the Labour delegation that I had any respect for was Michael Cashman. This former soap star turned MEP, seems generally to do a pretty good job, at least from his perspective.
He is most famous for being gay and campaigning on gay issues, fair enough, and he does some useful work on other civil liberties issues as well.
But I have now discovered he is an appalling hypocrite without a single principled bone in his body. By his recent actions he has forfeited any claim to anybodies respect.
This is all about the Ruth Kelly / Opus Dei case. When the Minister came under attack from the Pink Press and the Independent for believing that homosexuality was a sin- as do all members of Opus Dei, out rolled the slimy hypocrite to tell us all how perfectly alright this was, how compatible with Government policy and the gay rights agenda. To the BBC he claimed that,
“Ruth Kelly will deliver the government's agenda”.
On his website he launches in to the attack,
"Anyone who argues that this appointment means the government does not take gay rights seriously is sprinkling political poison with a blatant disregard for the facts",
Quite right Michael, I couldn't agree more, I think the line is 'love the sinner hate the sin', with the traditional separation of powers between the spiritual and temporal this is absolutely correct.
So why are you such a scum sucking skunk? Because back in 2004 you personally lead the campaign to remove Rocco Butiglione from the European Commission. Now, what was the argument you used at the time?
Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP who is on the committee, said: "The game is almost up for Buttiglione ... Most MEPs don't want this man to be put in charge of defending human rights, civil liberties and the EU's anti-discrimination laws."
“MEPs have defended the fundamental rights we have long fought for in Europe. We fought on the basis of our principles, on what we believed was right, and we carried out the job of democratic scrutiny we were elected to do," he added.
“Buttiglione was completely unsuited to the job he was given, not just because of his backward views but because of what he has done in the past and what he said he would do in the future."
Cashman, which position do you believe, or neither?