Science will find a cure for gayness, says barmy old Brexit bat

Science will find a cure for gayness, says barmy old Brexit bat June 2, 2019

STAUNCH Catholic Ann Widdecombe, above, newly-minted Brexit Party European Union member, thinks that science might eventually cure homosexuality.

This prompted writer and actor Stephen Fry to ask :

Will science ever find an answer to Anne Widdecombe?

The new Brexit Party MEP – a veteran campaigner against LGBT rights – made the remarks while defending support she gave to “gay cure” treatments.

The former Tory home affairs chief was hauled up on a 2012 article that defended “gay conversion” therapy, and said the “homosexual lobby” was stopping people who want to turn straight from doing so.

Critics say “gay conversion” is unethical and people are pressured into it. Theresa May has branded the practice “abhorrent” and vowed to ban it.

But Widdecombe today defended her comments and went further, telling Sky News science may yet “provide an answer” to the question of whether people can “switch sexuality”.

Gay Labour MP Wes Streeting said:

Ann Widdecombe is a relic from a bygone era, whose petty prejudices are out of touch with the vast majority in Britain. It’s only a shame that science can’t cure Ann Widdecombe.

Fellow Labour MP Stephen Doughty, co-chair of the LGBT+ Parliamentary Labour Party, said:

Ann Widdecombe needs to stick her sick, twisted prejudice back where it belongs  – back in the 19th century. Surely Nigel Farage will now be suspending her from the Brexit Party and removing the party whip? Her comments put young people struggling with their sexuality at risk. She should be ashamed.

A third Labour MP, Chris Bryant, added:

However she dresses it up in sequins there’s something really nasty at the heart of what she says. She clearly thinks there’s something  wrong with being gay and wants to cure us or make us disappear.

Sadly every time she adds a little bit of this poison to the well another gay teenager will be bullied or harm him or herself.

Widdecombe suggested today that it would be wrong to “deny people the chance” to change if they are “discontented” with being LGBT.

She also risked angering transgender rights activists by comparing “gay conversion” – which attempts to stop people being LGBT – to their fight to change their legal gender more easily.

Asked about her 2012 remarks, she said:

I also pointed out there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa. And the fact we now think it’s quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean science may not yet produce an answer at some stage.

She added:

I don’t know, any more than people once knew whether it was possible for men to become women.

Saying she was often “misrepresented” on the subject, she continued:

I’ve never claimed such science already exists. I’ve never claimed that. I’ve merely said that if you simply rule out the possibility of it, you are denying people who are confused about their sexuality, or discontented with it, the chances that you do give to people who want to change gender.

Now that’s all I’ve said. I do not imagine that the Brexit Party will be putting forward a policy on gay sex changes in its manifesto.

Time for the folk in white coats to take her away in a straitjacket.

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  • Raging Bee

    Sadly, she may be kinda sorta right on this: sooner or later some group of unscrupulous scientists really might find a way to alter people’s brains and neural circuits so they’d never be gay…or atheists…or able to question authority…

  • digital bookworm

    I think that’s called a lobotomy! ☹️

  • WallofSleep
  • Raging Bee

    No, no, no, next time will be so much better and more precise! /s

  • barriejohn

    Widdecombe witters witlessly. The washed-up old cow was a staunch supporter of Thatcher’s loathsome Section 28 legislation (she entered Parliament in 1987 – or was that 1887?). I wonder how many suicides resulted from that?

  • barriejohn

    More on the superannuated witch’s opposition to gay rights here. She was, amazingly, a Home Office Under-Secretary of State and shadow Home Secretary, and is now a Privy Councillor, supposedly advising the Queen, gawd ‘elp us!

  • barriejohn

    In 2003, Widdecombe proposed an amendment opposing repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned the “promotion of homosexuality” by local governments. Out of the 17 parliamentary votes considered by the Public Whip website to concern equal rights for homosexuals, Widdecombe took the opposing position in 15 cases, not being present at the other two votes. (Wikipedia)

    Her voting record here:

  • Steven Watson

    I did wonder about Anne; but no longer. The MSM do such a good job of making our cases for us. /s 🙂
    I’d jack in compounding their folly if I were you.

  • B.A.

    they’re coming to take her away,ha ha hee hee ho ho,to the funny farm…

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Sadly , ‘science’ will never give us a cure for stupidity & bigotry and religious BS.

  • Brian Shanahan

    You can take the person out of the tory party, but you can’t take the tory party out of the person.

  • Broga

    Widdecombe, like others of her stripe, is obsessed with sex and seems to assume that she is entitled to comment on others sexuality. Why is she so knowledgeable? What about her sexual activities? Is she married?; has she a sexual partner?; is she a vrgin?; does she use pornography?; Why should others desist on advising her on her on her sexual behaviour and what science might offer her in the future?;

    This cruel and arrogant woman, should be subject to similar advice on her sexual behaviour with the same intimacy that she so readily, and destructively, insists on giving to others.

  • Broga

    Poor old Widders. Look at those teeth. I suppose as a result of the Tories she can’t get a dentist.

  • Kit Hadley-Day

    I suspect by the time we can tinker with the brain to that level, there will be very few gaps for their god to hide in anymore.

  • Foxglove

    Widdecombe suggested today that it would be wrong to “deny people the chance” to change if they are “discontented” with being LGBT.

    Well, you know, I think we could make a deal on this point. First point, however, is to agree that “denying people the chance to change” doesn’t mean that it’s perfectly OK to try and force people to change. This is why, e.g., that conversion therapy for kids is out. If people are going to be given a chance to change, that means it should be their free choice, and putting a child through conversion therapy is most emphatically not respecting their right to choose freely. Let them get to the age where they’re genuinely able to think for themselves.

    So what about adults? Should we ban conversion therapy for them, too? I’ve seen LGBT people say (and I tend to agree with them) that you have a right to be a fool. If someone is unhappy being gay or trans and they’re an adult and they’re willing to devote a lot of time and money and effort and agony to changing, it seems to me we could perhaps just let them go at it. They’ll eventually cop on, and it seems to me an object lesson might be more useful in these circumstances than trying to ban something that probably can’t be completely eliminated anyway.

    So, OK, don’t deny people a chance–just as long as you’re agreeing that if they don’t want to take that chance, you don’t have the right to pressure them or penalize them in any way for not doing so.

    I also pointed out there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa.

    And we still do. Transgender people aren’t claiming that a man can become a woman or vice versa. What you’re demonstrating here is that you don’t have the first idea what a transgender person is. What exactly is a transperson doing when they come out and start living authentically? If you had ever wanted to take the trouble to learn a few things about transgender issues, then you’d have a better idea of what’s going on.

  • rubaxter

    “Ann Widdecombe is a relic from a bygone era, whose petty prejudices are out of touch with the vast majority in Britain. It’s only a shamethat science can’t cure Ann Widdecombe.”

    More substance to my urging US ‘Thuglicans and Christers to take the Buddy Dwyer Solution.

    This sort of HIDEOUS prejudices will only be removed from the Body Politic by the deaths of the holders. They are old, obstinate, and unremittingly proud of the only ‘talent’ they have, their OLD AGE.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    She’s kind of pre-empted that by mentioning her virginity at every possible (and impossible) moment. This of course gives her the same right to pontificate about human sexual relationships as any celibate religious nutcase.

  • Broga

    I recall dimly the comment of an Italian woman to an English reporter when asked about an earlier Pope’s attitude on sex. Her reply, so good it must surely be apocryphal was, “he no playa da the game; he no make a da rules.”

  • Broga

    ” there’s something really nasty at the heart of what she says. ”

    There is something “really nasty” in Widdecombe’s character; some terrible flaw and for all her vaunted christian faith her behaviour contains no discernible kindness towards others. What she conveys is a hardness and indifference to the suffering her comments, as a prominent public figure, must inflict on insecure and confused young people. Widdicombe in her comments removes all impression of being a decent human being.

  • Brian Curtis

    In the distant future, humanity’s descendants will look back on all this fuss about controlling, labeling, and classifying sexuality and wonder if we put on our version of a Westminster Dog Show to highlight all the subtle gradations and applaud “Best of Breed” for each category.

  • Barry Duke

    I just learned that there actually a patron saint of lunatics. I bet old Widders, who was made a Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great by Pope Ratzinger in 2013, prays to Christina the Astonishing a dozen times a day. See

  • barriejohn

    Nigel Farage has defended her: “She’s a devout Catholic, so she’s completely loopy” (no, he didn’t actually say that!).

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    What toilet did they pull this hate-filled eyesore of a person out of?

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    This $uccubu$ was probably born with one.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Well, considering that the ratb@stard wants to privatize the NHS, it’s no surprise that he defend that b!tch.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Oh, you know how it is for ol’ Annie. She’s never been the same since that house from Kansas landed on her sister.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    I get the feeling that whatever goes on in her bedroom involves a lot of leather.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Or – and just hear me out – it could be that she’s about to tear off her skin and reveal herself to be

  • Cozmo the Magician

    There is an old saying … ‘The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and human stupidity’