Orangies are not the only fruits

As noted, UCUNF have selected 17 out of 18 candidates for the Westminster election. Only the decision on South Antrim is outstanding.

Slugger (me and people I talk to) has been informed, via three separate sources, this is due to concerns from the Conservatives on the alleged homophopbia of current frontrunner Adrian Watson.

  • Adrian’s repented, he loves the “gay community” now.

    What could the tories possibly object to now?

  • Michaelhenry

    and i thought that when miss robinson left sex would not be a topic in this election.

  • Justin Case…

    So you posted half of a rumour, eh?

    Well I can confirm that is indeed true, however the part you are missing is that the Unionists rejected the Tory nominee, so instead of your non story (which was first talked about weeks ago) the real story is what happens now.

  • Mark McGregor

    Justin,

    Thanks for confirming/expanding on the story. Perhaps, while in the mood, you could name the rejected Tory nominee?

  • Are you telling us that the Tories have finally found the limit? That we’ve finally transcended duck-houses, moat-clearance and mortgage-flipping?

    So Watson is more contaminated than … say … Nadine Dorries? More repulsive than … say … a Latvian fascist? Less people-friendly than … say … the perfect, gentle knight “Sir” Nicholas Winterton? More likely to tell a racist joke than the fragrant “Lady” Ann Winterton?

    He must have serious personal-freshness problems, then.

  • lamhdearg

    Is the pink vote realy that powerful?, as for his reasons for saying that he would not have wanted gay men in his b&b because his 14yo daughter served breakfast there, As opposed to what men who like females.

  • Mark McGregor

    Malcolm,

    I was assuming they’d found a cynical way to get another of their candidates on the list over righteous anger.

    Then again, they may have suddenly found a gay agenda and decided to test it out in lovely south Antrim.

    What a stupid thought..I’m going with cynical.

  • Michaelhenry

    do they serve breakfast at bed at this b and b,if not whats the problem.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    So in the UUP world homophobia is very bad and sectarianism is ok.
    Glad we got that sorted out then.
    As “Driftwood” pointed out on another thread, several of this UUP lot are Athiest. So we can look forward to them publicising their Athiesm which might actually get them extra votes from other athiests.
    Yet more realistically this would cost them votes in the core UUP supporting community…..who dislike Athiests almost as much as they dislike Gays and Catholics.

  • Justin Case…

    Perhaps, while in the mood, you could name the rejected Tory nominee

    Perhaps I shouldn’t… but it’s Margaret McVeigh

  • slug

    Not sure whether Watson was really such a problem after he withdrew his remarks.

    But it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a third candidate that is acceptable to both sides.

  • slug

    Justin do you think that another UUP candidate will have to be used, including possibly UUP candidates from neighbouring constituencies?

  • Justin Case…

    Slug, rule nothing out. I am hearing this week there will be a number of people approached.

    You are of course correct to speculate that a well known UU representative from neighbouring constitsuency might like to set his sights beyond Stormont.

    However the word is the leadership are none too keen on that idea

  • Justin Case @ 10:52 PM:

    Aw, c’mon! This is getting ridiculous! If that’s true, the UUP has just dumped on an excellent (if inexperienced) candidate with good NI connections, a prominent charity-worker, a figure in London CofE circles, a religious-affairs broadcaster, and — perhaps most significant — a member of the Tory Executive for the Cities of London and Westminster!

    Not the way to win friends and influence people

  • Mark McGregor

    Justin,

    Thanks for that. Agree with Malcolm I’m finding it hard to understand how she was rejected in a bunfight over Watson.

  • Justin Case…

    Malcom, yup I double checked before I posted it.

    I don’t know her but from what you are saying does she live in London? What is her connection to Antrim?

  • someone

    Nevin

    Thanks for the link to biography. WTF were UUP thinking rejecting her for Watson?!? Have they really just been playing a game to select only their own members rather than the best candidate for the seat? Surely they aren’t that mad?

  • lamhdearg

    Sounds like the uup in sa in selecting Watson over McVeigh are running there own unity candidate, oor willie.

  • Comrade Stalin

    IIRC there was a major row over David Burnside’s assembly seat back when he was stepping down, a year or so ago. I seem to recall that Watson was his favourite to take over. Presumably it was these homophobic remarks that did the damage there.

    What the Conservatives are probably worried about is how Watson’s selection would allow the rest of us to keep reminding the world about how the UUP hasn’t changed because it keeps running homophobic bigots in elections, ratified by the Tories. And I’d certainly make sure Labour and the Lib Dems were both aware of unsavoury company kept by the Conservatives.

    Malcolm,

    Not the way to win friends and influence people

    This is what Unionism does. Anybody with friends and influence is probably disloyal.

  • Justin Case…

    Watson’s selection would allow the rest of us to keep reminding the world about how the UUP hasn’t changed because it keeps running homophobic bigots

    There’s a libellous statement if there was one.

    I wonder whos lawyers will be on the phone first- Watsons or Reggies?

  • Paul

    wonder whos lawyers will be on the phone first- Watsons or Reggies?
    Posted by Justin Case… on

    I agree the excuses and statements being put out for rejecting adrian watson are disgraceful.

  • Comrade Stalin

    There’s a libellous statement if there was one.

    Watson is on record for making homophobic remarks.

    Bigotry – ah yes, where to start. I wonder did the Conservative Muslims make themselves aware of the part where a party member said opposed the building of a mosque, saying Muslims were “out to wipe out Christianity”, this when a local imam had been intimidated out of his house by racists. Ah yes, and then there was that matter of a UUP member complaining about the appointment of a Muslim head of religion and the BBC.

    The BBC frequently comes in for similar criticisms, like McNarry’s GAA coverage.

    But I suppose you’re right. The UUP would never say anything horrible about someone else’s beliefs or culture, ever, and are very nice. Please don’t sue me.

  • RepublicanStones

    Companero, muslims are the whipping boys du jour, the last socially acceptable bigotry. Now perhaps if Mr Watson disliked gay muslims only….

  • Garza

    CS

    I could have sworn some Alliance party members said comments that could be construed as homophobic when homosexual civil unions were first held here.

    Stones and glass houses come to mind.

  • Harry J

    Companero, muslims are the whipping boys du jour, the last socially acceptable bigotry. Now perhaps if Mr Watson disliked gay muslims only….
    Posted by RepublicanStones on Mar 22, 2010 @ 09:59 PM

    Muslims have been known to stone the odd gay to death