The Tory shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has been recorded suggesting 'people who run bed and breakfasts in their homes should have the right to reject homosexual guests'.
Rejection of gay guests at his B & B was, of course, the key piece of bigotry that cost Adrian Watson his nomination as UCUNF candidate for South Antrim (his anti-Irishness is apparently much more acceptable in UCUNF circles).
But now it seems that the English Tories are moving towards Watson’s position. Will this lead to Watson getting his candidacy after all?
The Adrian Watson Show is one of the most fascinating episodes in the UCUNF story, and its outcome may well demonstrate whether the project is serious in its claim to offer ‘new’ politics in Northern Ireland. Watson, on several levels, represents the ‘old’ unionist politics – anti-Irish, anti-gay, socially conservative – and if he succeeds in getting the nomination, or even the seat itself, it will show UCUNF to be no improvement on what went before.