Gay rights “waffle”: homophobic coverage of Bercow address to Queen

John Bercow baffled many with his references to a “kaleidoscope Queen” in his tribute to the monarch yesterday. But with his connection to a gay rights group of the same name, the right wing press seems to have gone berserk — with write-ups of the event dripping with homophobia.

By comparison with their peers, The Daily Express was a model of moderation, reporting:

“Commons Speaker John Bercow provoked scorn yesterday after hailing the growth of gay rights while giving his speech to the monarch calling her “a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country.”

The Daily Mail, as one might well expect, was a little more hostile to Bercow, whose recently published coat of arms including an LGBT rainbow and pink triangles. Their article was headlined:

“Get on with it, you Bercow! Cameron looks ratty as Speaker hijacks the Queen’s Jubilee address to waffle on about gay rights”

But the award for foaming-at-the-mouth incensed bigotry has to go to Damian Thompson over at the Daily Telegraph, who wrote ranted:

“…who the hell allowed that creep Bercow to hijack the event with his self-serving PC drivel about the “Kaleidoscope Queen” – and, worse, to insert a thinly disguised plug for gay marriage into a loyal address? The man is a disgrace to our public life. I hope readers share my anger.”

They don’t mind gays or anything, just as long as they do it in the privacy of their own home away from the Queen.

4 Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    Don’t be silly, we live in a “post-discrimination” world where it’s okay to say things like that. It’s just a joke, like on Top Gear!

  2. S. Rivington says:

    [EDITED FOR HATE SPEECH]

  3. Siôn Eurfyl Jones says:

    Was this a reference to the queen’s obviously favouring her youngest, Edward, and his dalliances with the media and arts, and all the flamboyant characters that come with all that?

  4. Celia says:

    The funny thing is, Er Maj probably doesn’t give even a fraction of the crap the right-wing press are giving. She probably wasn’t even listening that hard. I mean, damn, I wouldn’t have been.

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