UKIP: not just anti-gay, but anti-Christian, too.

(Mon 20-Jan-2014)

A former Conservative councillor has been suspended from UKIP after continental remarks linking flooding and gay marriage (BBC News) and what he seems to see as the UK turning away from being a “Christian nation”.

I don’t believe the UK is or has been (at least in recent times, but probably not ever) a true Christian nation, but if Cllr Silvester wants the UK to become a Christian nation, neither the Conservatives nor UKIP seem like a good fit.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19 says:

“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” (NLT)

It doesn’t really fit with the anti-immigration stance of UKIP, or the Conservatives’ pledge to cap immigration and recent announcement that immigrants will no longer be eligible for housing benefit.

Proverbs 14:31 reads:

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honours him. (NLT)

“Oppressing the poor” seems to me a good description of the benefits changes this government has brought in, and some of UKIP’s policies, such as:

  • Make real and rigorous cuts in foreign aid (despite us already not meeting internationally agreed targets, and the aid budget being tiny)
  • Ensure that benefits are only available for those who have lived here for over 5 years. (because how could things possibly go wrong less than five years after arriving in a new country unless you deliberately planned for then to?)
  • Local councils are to enroll unemployed welfare claimants onto community schemes or retraining workfare programmes. (So that they don’t waste time looking for jobs or relevant training)

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Valentines

(Wed 17-Apr-2013)

Yes, I know this is a bit late.

I don’t like Valentine’s day. I don’t like the commercialisation, the cultural expectation of pairing off and the implication that there’s something wrong with being single.

My wife really wishes I would do something for Valentine’s day.

I refuse to buy Valentine’s day products, so what can do? I made something. Not a card, though, because that’s just a bit too obvious.

Months ago, while browsing in a stationery shop, Lauren had seen some mini luggage tags, and commented on how much she liked them. So, a few days before Valentine’s day, I bought a pack:

I wrote on them:


and hid them around the house.

One was attached to a DVD I also bough, of a film I knew Lauren liked, with a suggestion we watch it on our next “date night”. Some were praise, encouragement or general “I love you” messages, others were bad puns, like “You’re hot” on the thermostat, “no-one can hold a candle to you” in a candle holder.

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The strange sights of Americaland

(Sun 4-Dec-2011)
    Strange things I’ve encountered on visits to americaland:
  • “Cheese in a can”, which says on the can “Made with real cheese”, which presumably means “made in the same building as real cheese”. It comes in “Cheddar”, “American”, and “Cheddar and bacon” flavours.
  • Soup served in a bread roll
  • Drive through ATMs
  • A drive through liquor store
  • Rubber ducks with kippahs on
  • A Christmas parade, where the entry requirement seemed to be that you have “Happy Christmas” written on the side of your car and/or you promise to throw candy from it. Highlights included a 1940s hearse and a pick-up truck from the local ambulance service
  • Dollywood
  • A car called a “Montego” that appears to be entirely unrelated to the Austin Montego

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sleeping baby

(Thu 19-May-2011)

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Automatic hammer (Thu 19-May-2011)

I saw an automatic hammer for sale recently. My despair at humanity grew a little more.

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