And so arrive the anonymous sources backing Victoria Blunt, soon-to-be ex-wife of British prisons minister Crispin Blunt, who just came out. Which is fine; the lady deserves some dignity after all she’s been through. And us, too!
Says one unnamed ally of Victoria, a former banker and “daughter of a wealthy American,” and mother to she and Crispin’s two teenage kids: “She is completely traumatised. She has devoted most of her married life to playing the politician’s wife and it was all built on a lie.” And another: “She gave up everything for him. She is the perfect MP’s wife and would attend every fete and garden party when Crispin was at the Commons. She did it all for free. She was never employed by him.”
Guess who else is traumatised? (Yes, I’m stealing the British spelling.)
After all, Crispin Blunt (uncle to actress Emily Blunt, if that matters) is a man LGBT Brits long ago added to their shit list when, back when he was a lawmaker and debating before Parliament in 1998 over equality legislation (including lowering the age of consent for same-sex relations), he said thing like: “It is also clear that there is a much greater strand of homosexuality than of heterosexuality which depends for its gratification on the exploitation of youth. … I believe it right that our law should discriminate in that limited way between homosexual and heterosexual practice. While I accept that, in law, we should tolerate people’s choices to follow a homosexual life style and practice, I maintain that those are not equivalent to heterosexuality – nor should we pretend that they are.”
Blunt’s legislative record, according to News Of The World, includes voting to deny gay couples the ability to adopt, and supporting a bill that would’ve discriminated against lesbians in access to IVF treatments. He also opposed the effort to repeal England’s ban on gays serving openly in the military, in which he once served. (He did support civil unions and anti-discrimination measures.)
So for now, I’m on Team Victoria. Glad that Crispin has “come to terms” with his homosexuality, but the guy is a monster.