We have a referendum coming up next month.

There has been quite a bit about it in the  various meeja, but so far I have ignored it.

There are two issues at stake.

The first is the gay marriage thing.  Now I have no opinion on this whatsoever.  I am married and not gay so it doesn't concern me.  I have nothing against gay people apart from their hijacking of the word "gay" and it raises my hackles every time I hear it.  But short of calling them by one of the other long list of colourful sobriquets, I am stuck with "gay" even if it does grate on the nerves.

Naturally, this being Ireland, there has been a vociferous anti-campaign mainly by the ultra conservative Catholic mob who are claiming that if gay marriage is allowed then virtually every child that is adopted is going to instantly be infected with gayness.  They are the same people who carried fetuses around in buckets at the time of the abortion referendums and maintained that no marriage was safe if we adopted divorce.  They must be incredibly insecure people if this reflects their attitudes, but as far as I am concerned they are just fucking idiots who are best ignored.

There are those who say I should stick up for oppressed minorities.  My reply is that I am a repressed minority and no one is sticking up for me.  Just because I enjoy a puff of the pipe [and that is a smoking reference, not a gay one] the general public have been given legal carte blanche to oppress me.  Does anyone stand up for my minority rights?  Do they fuck.  So the gays can fuck off and fight their own battles and leave me out of it.

The second referendum is the question of lowering of the eligibility age to become president.  Yes.  That's right.  This is not a joke.  We are holding a referendum to lower the eligibility age from 35 to 21.  Naturally I have spent a lifetime of sleepless nights worrying about this restriction that has blighted so many lives in the past.  Ireland can rest easy if this is passed.

I don't know what I'll be doing on May 22nd next.

I do know what I won't be doing.

I won't be wasting my time farting around sticking Xs on ballot papers.

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Gay presidents — 12 Comments

  1. “I don’t vote.
    Two reasons. First of all it’s meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years doesn’t mean a fucking thing.
    Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain.
    People like to twist that around – they say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain’, but where’s the logic in that?
    If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain.
    I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with."

    love George

    • This isn't even an election – it's a referendum so there is no question of "choosing" a gubmint.  I don't mind ignoring elections because I am contributing my protest by doing so, but ignoring a referendum is a sheer waste of my time.

      Love Frederick

  2. Get out and Vote "Yes" Grandad so we can get the Gay Marriage passed and then we never have to listen to Iona and other nutters banging on about it ever again.

    • I will in my hole.  I have more important things to be doing [and I have a few weeks to work out what they are]. 

  3. I have no strong feelings about gays getting married though I sort of resent the redefinition of marriage but that's maybe an age thing. I used to get really annoyed when my husband and was referred to as my partner. Must say though every time I hear a gay couple refer to their husband or wife I get a fit of the giggles.

    • They can define marriage in any way they like as far as I am concerned.  When I got shackled to married Herself the bit of paper I signed meant nothing whereas the promises I foolishly made are the important bit.  I believe in keeping my word and have no need for bits of paper.

  4. It will end up with the church being forced by law to marry gays. Never mind us divorced buggers…..   grrrrr.


    Just see if it doesn't.


    I vote for no.


    BTW, in the Scottish referendum I didn't have the voice. Bah and humbumg. Just because I live in London. Born in Glasgow. Lived in Scotland for 13 years….. 

    • To listen to some of the campaigners here, you'd swear that people would all have to turn gay just to get married. 

      I won't be voting No.  I won't be voting Yes either.

    • I agree I was born in Glasgow and most of my family are still there. I lived half my life there, at least 30 years but I had no say either on what would happened to my country.

    • Frank is one of my regular reads and has been for a long time.  I check his site daily [nightly – he usually posts around midnight].

      I fully agree about Farage.  He can be a tad controversial but he is the only one over there who seems to give a damn about liberty and the evils of Big Government.  He's not afraid to speak his mind in Brussels either!

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