Now, over there in Africa, the Ugandan Parliament are currently debating homosexuality and the laws that pertain to it. And pretty fucking grim and scary the debate is too. There is talk of the death sentence for certain homosexual 'offences'. Bloody hell.
Clearly, this needs reporting to the wider world, and the BBC has done so. In addition, the BBC 'Africa Have Your Say' section has invited its readers to debate the subject online. Under the somewhat evocative headline "Should homosexuals face execution?‘ it says:
"Yes, we accept it is a stark and disturbing question. But this is the reality behind an Anti-Homosexuality Bill being debated on Friday by the Ugandan parliament which would see some homosexual offences punishable by death.
"Has Uganda gone too far? Should there be any level of legislation against homosexuality? Should homosexuals be protected by legislation as they are in South Africa? What would be the consequences of this bill to you? How will homosexual ‘offences’ be monitored? Send us your views."
Now that's gonna be a lively debate, eh? Somewhat one-sided, perhaps, in that only a handful of nutters will be for the 'ayes', but a highly relevant one, and one well worth having.
You might think so. But the London-based, not-at-all-African, left wing, hand-wringing, 'I find that offensive' brigade would beg to differ.
They don't think there should be any discussion on this. They're appalled the BBC should even attempt to start the debate.
Both Soho Politico and - of course - Liberal Conspiracy are up in arms. Spitting feathers. Fuming.
All the tired old cliché words - 'grotesque', 'objectionable', 'unbelievable' - are trotted out.
Of course being of the left, the relentlessly Authoritarian Left, they cannot resist dictating to the rest of us how we feel - how we must feel - about this.
Soho Politico has even written the protest letter that we must all send to the BBC. And what phrases are therein!
"That the BBC would invite readers to deliberate the merits of murdering gay people is not merely offensive: it is also profoundly irresponsible.."
"..the policy proposal at issue here – the state sponsored killing of gays.."
"..BBC unmistakeably implies that the belief that gays should be killed is a reasonable one for people to hold.."
".. the debate can only encourage people to believe that homophobic violence is justified."
To which the only possible response can be, what a load of fucking hysterical, histrionic bollocks that is.
What an absolute massive, unbelievably tendentious misrepresentation of the situation.
To read the outpourings of these gasping, panting, swooning offence-monkeys, you'd think that the BBC had announced that they were planning to hold a gay-hunting safari, rifles provided. For fuck's sake.
They offered a debate. To Africans, some of whom may well be affected, not to Islington.
Now, before you start, clearly any laws that 'punish' homosexualty would be repugnant in the extreme.
But is the best way to spread the news, and to prevent such laws being passed, to shriek hysterically about the BBC's coverage of them?
Perhaps not, eh?