Jill Knight on gays: “They’re very good at things like antiques”
This week’s Lords’ debate on gay marriage has brought that doughty old Tory warrior Jill knight back onto the airwaves. It has to be said for her that at the age of 88, she is as certain as ever that she is right, and is not afraid to say so. During her career as a Birmingham MP, from 1966 to 1983, she backed hanging, defended Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, backed the white supremacist governments in South Africa and what was then Rhodesia, and above all, is remembered as the prime mover behind the ‘Section 28’ legislation, which made it illegal for a local authority to “intentionally promote homosexuality.” No prosecution was ever brought under this law, which achieved nothing except promote the kind of image of the Conservative Party that David Cameron has struggled to shake off.
Cameron has apologised for Section 28, but not the Baroness, who claimed in a BBC Radio 5 Live interview that “children as young as four and five were being taught how to do homosexual acts.” Do not ask where or when this happened: it was in a time and place that exists in the Baroness’s imagination.
However, in the same interview she insisted that she is not “anti-homosexual”, just “pro-children”. Gays are “clever, very, very good at artistic things (and) very, very good at things like antiques,” she added.
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