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Was Homophobic Scottish Tycoon Brian Souter Knighted For Charity Work Or As A Payoff?

Last year, Scottish transportation magnate Brian Souter (right), who has an estimated worth of more than £400 million ($630 million) was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Gay activists were immediately outraged because, in addition to his many charities, Souter donated more than £1 million ($1.6 million) to prevent the repeal of Clause 28, which banned UK authorities and schools from “promoting homosexuality.”

Tthough he was allegedly honored “for services to transport and the voluntary sector,” allegations have risen that Sir Brian “bought” his knighthood by donating £1 million to the ruling Scottish National Party.

This month, the SNP announced it wouldn’t release secret correspondence between Souter and party members. Their reasoning? The paperwork costs too much.

According to an SNP spokesperson, it would cost more than the established £600 cap to retrieve the correspondence. Previously the SNP claimed it couldn’t comply with the Labour Party’s freedom-of-information request for the letters because Buckingham Palace forbid it—and then because Labour hadn’t clarified exactly what they wanted.

Souter’s profile on his website defends his support of Clause 28:

Some saw it as controversial when he personally funded a national referendum in Scotland on Clause 28. A total of 1,262,686 people returned ballot papers and a staggering 86.8% – that’s 1,096,011 – agreed with Brian that Clause 28 should not be repealed.

It’s worth noting that the number who voted with him to keep the clause far exceeds the number of votes cast for any single political party in Scotland at any election over the last 10 years.

Sir Brian is a man of conviction who simply stands up for what he believes in—a value lauded by those who believe in free speech and democracy—a right which he would passionately defend for anyone.

So Souter likes to defend free speech? Not when someone is speaking on behalf of gay people, apparently.

Of course, this is all going on as the debate on gay marriage in Scotland rages on, a change which, ironically, has been approved by the SNP, which is generally left-leaning and supports Scottish independence.

So could homophobic Sir Brian’s money actually help legalize marriage equality? What delicious irony!


Photos via Briansouter.com

On:           Apr 16, 2012
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    • nextmobs

      nice step taking by d uk government

      Apr 16, 2012 at 6:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • E

      The man is an absolute cock. When the Scottish government were going to repeal Clause 2A
      (a revolting piece of thatcherite legislation that banned the discussion of homosexuality in schools, among other things,) this piece of shit ran an aggressive smear campaign in the press against us, even going so far as to hold his own postal “referendum” on the matter Unsurprisingly, there was a huge spike in homophobic attacks throughout Scotland, baring in mind, these were only the ones that were reported.

      Needless to say, given his support for legislation that put a serious downer on my childhood, he’s right up there at the top of my shitlist.

      Apr 16, 2012 at 11:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris

      Not the UK government, the scottish government set the law on marriage in scotland.

      Apr 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blah, bla..huh?

      Scotland = The original land of hot messes.

      Apr 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TampaZeke

      So his support of Section 28 was an act of support for “free speech”? Really? How on earth does one make the case that supporting a LAW that made it ILLEGAL to SPEAK positively of gay people in schools was a heroic act of support for free speech?

      Apr 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Normal Person

      Why is it the ‘gay activist’ mentality that everyone else MUST accept their lifestyle as normal and anyone who thinks differently is wrong by default?

      It was not about speaking positively, it was speaking about homosexuality as a normal way of life that most people were – and still are opposed to. Political homosexuality is opposed to free speech. Gay Marxism.

      Apr 20, 2012 at 5:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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