The closet was driving him crazy, so good choice there. I just find his anger at being asked the gay question over the years, and his endless denials mean I cannot celebrate his ‘choice’. Maybe 15 years ago, but now it feels kinda sad. And late. And he just lied.
The plight of gay Ugandans is well-known here, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the rest of the world. A group of Quakers calling themselves Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR) formed to take action and help gays and lesbians in Uganda escape persecution.
UgandaModeling themselves after the Quakers from the Civil War the Olympia, WA-based group has “conductors” guide those trying to flee in small groups along back roads to safe houses. Everyone’s identities are kept secret, and even other conductors don’t know each other. Even the leader of the group goes by the pseudonym Levi Coffin II, named after one of the conductors from the Civil War.
So far an estimated 107 people have been helped to escape from Uganda, but the group is not without detractors. Scott Long of Human Rights Watch said:
This is not the kind of stuff that well-meaning amateurs can do, and the money’s basically going to be wasted. I fully appreciate the good intentions here, but the organizers [should] be persuaded to subordinate their efforts to a recognized refugee NGO or to the security committee.
I hated ‘Deep Breath’ Too much about Oswald and the Lizard and her lover and pet. Not NEARLY enough on the new Doctor. The dinosaur is silly, the villain is silly. Why does Moffatt only refer to his past stories, as if they re golden and the only ones who deserve it? Very saddened by the start, let us hope it gets better.
Very, very thick.
Claudette Hauiti has surrendered her parliamentary charge card after using it to pay for a Christmas trip to Australia.
The trip and other unauthorised spending on the card – known as a purchasing or p-card – led to the list MP returning it to Parliamentary Service in March.
Prime Minister John Key said in 2010 that the Government had “led the charge” on transparency of MPs’ spending.
But Parliamentary Service has refused to detail the mis-spending on Hauiti’s card or supply a total. It also took more than a week for Hauiti to return calls.
She admitted last night that she had used the card to pay for flights to Australia, which she said cost about “$200 and something”, but could not be more specific.
“I went to Australia. It was travel only and way outside Parliamentary Service guidelines.”
Asked if it was a personal trip, she replied: “Totally.” She then added: “Well, no, I went to meet with Maori in Australia who were registered on the Maori roll.” She has repaid the cost.
MPs have a separate travel card, which they are allowed to use for unlimited domestic travel on parliamentary business.
Hauiti, who is standing in the Kelston electorate, also blamed staff for some of the unauthorised spending.
“There were issues with my purchasing that neither of my EAs [executive assistants] were able to give me a steer on . . . it got a little bit too difficult for me to get my head around and I volunteered it back. They did not confiscate it.”
The spending included refreshments for a hui held on a marae. “I thought these were quite relevant and within Speaker’s rulings . . . I can’t honestly tell you what the full spend was. I don’t know how you are going to get the full amount.”
MPs are banned from employing a spouse or partner and Hauiti-Mau was sacked after working as an “issue assistants” for more than a year. At the time Hauiti said she “didn’t know the rules”.