INTERESTING post by Iain Dale concerning some homophobic remarks made by Iris Robinson, the DUP MP for Strangford. Some leaving comments in response have remarked on the perception that when it comes to sexual politics, Northern Ireland is a few decades behind the rest of the UK.
Not sure about that, but I do know that when Lady Sylvia Hermon (left) was nominated by the UUP to fight the North Down seat in the run-up to the 2001 general election, a local newspaper carried a picture not of her, but of her husband, Jack Hermon, former chief constable of the RUC, with the caption: “Jack Hermon’s wife, Sylvia, is the candidate in North Down”.
Incidentally, newer readers of this blog might have missed a posting I did on necrophilia a couple of months ago. What I didn’t mention at the time is that six MPs actually voted against that particular measure – all of them DUP members. Apparently their opposition had nothing to do with believing the government had gone too far with the nanny state, but more to do with their unhapiness about the law on homosexuality in Northern Ireland being brought into line with the rest of the country.