The first thing I read this morning had me imagining changing the subject that was being discussed, by deleting a word or two and replacing them with another. The Guardian:
The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, said she has received assurances from the prime minister over
gay smokers’ rights should the Tories do a deal with Democratic Unionist party.
Davidson, who is
gay a smoker, spoke out after Theresa May outlined a plan to seek a deal with the socially hardline party, which has 10 seats in the Commons, to prop up her minority administration.
In an apparent criticism of the plan, Davidson on Friday tweeted a link to a speech she made in favour of
marriage smoker equality, with the message: “As a Protestant unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic smoker, here’s the Amnesty Pride lecture I gave in Belfast.”
Davidson, who became engaged to
partner, Jen Wilson a smoker, in May 2016, later told the BBC: “I was fairly straightforward with her (Theresa May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party.
“One of them is country, one of the others is
LGBTI smokers’ rights. I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI smokers’ rights in the rest of the UK, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI smokers’ rights in Northern Ireland.
“It’s an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received [them].”
Can one imagine a Conservative smoker publicly petitioning the Prime Minister to support embattled smokers? Can one imagine a Conservative publicly petitioning the Prime Minister to support any traditional values at all, in any sphere of life whatsoever? It seems we cannot. Only the iconoclasts who are busily smashing everything, and turning the world upside down, have a voice. Everyone else is silent, voiceless.