The UKIP did not get a mention in the article London Elections and the Queer Vote. I did not realise that anyone took them seriously and so did not raise any editorial objections.
This follows the story of the bizarre Dr Julia Gasper, UKIP candidate for election to the council of Oxford City’s Quarry and Risinghurst ward, who has written, “Homosexuality (as Jean-Paul Sartre said) is simply a form of behaviour, not like being black at all. Black people could and did for thousands of years live independently on another continent, but homosexuals can only exist as a by-product of a heterosexual society. Homosexuals are completely dependent on heterosexuals to create them. Curiously they never express any gratitude for this, while complaining constantly of persecution.”
This is not a logical mind at work. I can only imagine what Dr Gasper, who is a lecturer in English Literature at Stanford University Centre in Oxford, teaches in her classes.
The UKIP opposes equal marriage, and Dr Gasper adds that, “We ought to reflect that there is a strong connection between male homosexuality and paedophilia. Why hush it up?” When Pink News ran a story about the dread Dr Gasper and her ill-researched claims, the woman herself thanked Pink News for increasing her readership, but then said of its readers, “The more you make anonymous death threats against me and hysterical accusations of being a murderer, the more deranged you all sound. It’s a shame that most of you are completely mad and need to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Just ring up your GP, tell him your symptoms and ask for help.”
There will always be people making outrageous comments on forums. Gasper is clearly looking for a fight, and will take one where she can get it. Shooting your mouth off, particularly when you are a teacher and a politician is for the amateurs, and the irresponsible amateurs at that.
This is what Stephen Gray at Pink News wrote reporting on Gasper’s reaction: “Since PinkNews.co.uk wrote of Dr Gasper’s blog posts, the blog’s follower numbers have risen by over thirty percent, from three to four.” Touché!
Obviously there is no need to take the UKIP all that seriously.