by D.J. Webb
Oh dear! That sigh of deflated resignation is my response to the news that the new “leader” of the Scottish conservatives is a 32-year-old lesbian kickboxer and former member of the Territorial Army. Lesbians do not match my mind’s eye of what women ought to be: homemakers, carers, demure supporters of their husbands. Leaving aside the questions of whether it is right for people as young as 32 to be aspiring to lead countries; whether women should do kickboxing, or behave in a ladylike fashion (carpet-munchers preferably included); and whether women should join the TA, I am left with a sense of contempt for a party whose desperation to gain a few seats in the Scottish Parliament is such that it selects its leaders, not on the basis of ability, but in order to strike “modernizing” poses.
Glancing disconsately through her Wikipedia entry, I note that she worked as a presenter, journalist and documentary maker with the BBC and some radio stations before entering politics. Yawn-athon! A life spent in the media/politics bubble. Surely that is enough to disqualify her from the Scottish leadership of the so-called Tories?
She also worked as a Sunday school teacher. Yuk! What about Christian opposition to lesbianism?St. Paulwrote to the Romans (Romans 1:26, 27), “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” One doesn’t have to be a fully believing Christian to expect that people working in the Christian church conform to its teachings. If she didn’t agree with the teachings of the church, what was she doing there?
It is quite wrong to pick society’s leaders from the ranks of the statistically deviant in order to emphasise the need to weaken the social fabric. By all means, let Ruth join the Conservatives, but don’t parachute her into the leadership. She strikes me as someone in the wrong party, someone whose presence is simply jarring, much like the Pakistani man in Islamic robes I once saw at a London Conservative meeting to elect a candidate for the “mayor” (so-called) ofLondon. He was stomping round ignored at the back of the meeting, with most people probably wondering why he was there. With a bit of luck he may be chosen as the next candidate for the mayorship over the heads of any traditional Englishmen who might think of applying.
If the Scottish Tories are “sending a message”, I for one am not listening. Dump the culture wars and adopt serious stances on politics and economics, and then you might be worth listening to. Tell us, pray, what the Conservatives are interesting in conserving?