Not Saussure

February 28, 2007

Cllr Kelly, again

Filed under: Garden gnomes, nemesis — notsaussure @ 10:04 pm

Via Clairwil and Mr Eugenides, I am delighted to discover that the Fates seem to be playing a little joke on Cllr Terry Kelly, a Labour councillor in Paisley, Renfrewshire, who is to political blogging what his fellow-countryman, William Topaz McGonagal, was to poetry.

A couple of weeks ago, Cllr Kelly, in the course of insulting (his only method of arguing) Clairwil, decided to try his hand at some intentional humour:

Having been involved in corrupt Labour politics for 40 yrs. I’m already rich, I don’t need the money I’ve stolen enough, so I’m retiring, now crawl back under your stone.

And, almost immediately, Nemisis turns up in the form of the Strathclyde Police, who investigating allegations of fraud and expenses fiddles by four Renfrewshire Labour Councillors (there’s no suggestion that Cllr Kelly is one of them, I hasten to add).

Clairwil comments,

Poor Terry he must be feeling very let down by his colleagues

while Mr Eugenides suggests that Cllr Kelly may, in fact, be emulating Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct — no, not, should the Strathclyde Police ever question him, distracting them by crossing and uncrossing his legs while wearing a short kilt (effective though that doubtless would be), but like this

John Correli: Did you kill Mr Boz, Miss Tramell?
Catherine: I’d have to be pretty stupid to write a book about killing and then kill him the way I described in my book. I’d be announcing myself as the killer. I’m not stupid.

Be that as it may, the President of the Immortals, in the Aeschylean phrase, may not yet have ended his sport with the good councillor. Cllr Kelly is very hot on rants about gay rights, particularly when he thinks his political opponents have done something against them. He launched, for example, an extraordinary attack on the SNP and the Mormon Church, describing (Oh, the irony) Mormons as ‘morons’ and ‘buffoons’) when it transpired that a SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament was arranging internships for students from Brigham Young University, on the grounds this association with the Mormon Church’s anti-gay views thus clearly demonstrated the rampant homophobia of the SNP.

My attention has been drawn, as they say when they can’t remember which of Cllr Kelly’s many fans first mentioned this online, to the fact that the Labour Party in Falkirk West have, perhaps rashly, decided to run one Dennis Goldie as their candidate in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections. Besides having a record with the Standards Commission to equal that of Cllr Kelly, Mr Goldie has equally forthright views on gay rights to those of our hero, only on the other side:

In 2000, Goldie alienated his more liberal colleagues after opposing the Scottish Executive’s repeal of section 28, the Tory legislation which outlawed the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. Despite Labour’s support for repealing a law considered to be ugly and homophobic, Goldie said at the time: “I do not believe the general community at large wants us to promote homosexuality. I think that’s dangerous and could damage the fabric of society.”Goldie’s private views on gay sex were then trumpeted in public after he chaired a meeting on the subject in Falkirk Town Hall, an event he paid for himself.

I’m not quite sure what Cllr Kelly’s advice to Labour supporters in Falkirk West would be. So I’ve asked him in his blog (comments moderated, so let’s hope it appears).

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