Right as Always

Brian Sewell, who has no affiliation or master, never fails to astonish his readers.

His courage to say the unthinkable with such eloquence and dexterity is a lesson to us all. His fearless lexicon of words to express his innermost feelings about a particular subject, whether to do with his own sexuality or that of others, is by far the most pronounced and raw in essence than anything else I have known.

Having spent three decades interviewing the good, the bad, the cultured and the pompous, including Brian himself, I have come to the conclusion that in many ways he stands so erect and supreme, it leaves him in a class of his own.

The Saturday before last, reading my Daily Telegraph, I came across his powerful article on why he’s no convert to gay marriage despite his own sexual orientation. Defiantly ‘queer’ as opposed to ‘gay’, his convincing argument that campaigners for equality have picked on the wrong battle is not only sound, but utterly logical, for the simple reason that marriage is a Christian declaration of love between a man and a woman, a sacrament for the procreation of children.

He maintains that the noisy nucleus in our midst were those who demanded gay marriage whereas most of us are content with what we have. The new law does not in any way give additional protection to the previous one, which is steeped in the principles of equality and freedom to partner anyone we might wish to, enshrined in a legal vocabulary.

Gay marriage can be considered to many as against the basic tenets of the Christian faith and as such can cause offence in certain quarters. As a Christian nation the very notion of this division in our ranks is not helpful.

Brian ends his article by saying that we have wasted our resources on the wrong campaign – the battle still to be won is against prejudice, that most insidious of enemies.

Wise words from a man whose clarity of vision is by no means to be cast aside, for his formidable mind is a treasure to the nation. A man who dares call a spade a spade is one to be admired and not thwarted.

sleeping with dogsSleeping with Dogs by Brian Sewell is available now, priced £12.50.

Brian Sewell’s two volumes of autobiography, Outsider and Outsider II, can also be purchased from the Quartet website (priced £25 in hardback; £12 in paperback).

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