The ‘menacing’ Dr Evan Harris – ‘abortion and assisted-death zealot’
"Rumour has it that Evan Harris, abortion and assisted death zealot, is applying huge pressure to the office of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister. That would be the no longer an elected MP Evan Harris. It would appear that he believes he has immense influence on Government policy, more influence than elected Liberal Democrat MPs even."Zealot: ‘an uncompromising or extreme partisan; a fanatic’ (OED).
He is, of course. You only have to observe his prolific Twitter feed to observe an obsessive compulsive. Even this morning, he tweeted (multiple) messages about his and Shirley Williams’ demand for the LibDem conference to be permitted to debate NHS reform.
Yesterday, Tim Montgomerie reminded us in The Telegraph of the ‘Dr Death’ moniker, with which Evan Harris pretends to be mortally offended, but of which he has been known to make significant light: he actually clearly revels in the title, wearing it as a badge of honour when among friends, but complaining of a grievous ‘Mengele slur’ when seeking to silence his opponents.
But by way of riposte, Dr Harris (who habitually criticises others for their ad hominem) accused Mr Montgomerie of being anti-Semitic. Which is ridiculous, of course. Not least because some years ago Mr Montgomerie appointed Paul Goodman, a Jew, to the status of co-editor of ConservativeHome. Mr Montgomerie was being anti-Evan Harris; not anti-Jew. But His Grace has noticed this tendency in Dr Harris: whenever you expose his anti-democratic illiberalism, he cries ‘homophobia’ or ‘anti-Semitism’ in a concerted effort to silence you. Melanie Phillips articulates the strategy:
...this demonstrates once again the power of the campaigns of instantaneous demonisation and denunciation now employed to silence those who uphold a socially conservative position by tarring and feathering them as swivel-eyed bigots.Evan Harris is also a zealot for disestablishment: he seeks to secularise all public institutions and depose the Queen as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. He rails against the ‘disproportionate’ influence of the Church in our legislative process, despite our history, traditions and collective understanding of Judeao-Christian morality and conception of justice.
Why should the Church, which represents millions, be prohibited from contributing to abortion policy, but Dr Evan Harris, who represents no-one, be able to force a change in Government policy?
Why should Christian ‘ideology’ be barred from abortion counselling, but Evan Harris be free to spout his own illiberal ideology via a one-man pro-abortion lobbying company with direct access to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister? Why are his methods and ‘ideology’ not at least as insidious, unrepresentative and undemocratic as he believes the Church's to be?
Could someone please remind Dr Evan Harris that he lost the last election? Could they remind him that the electorate rejected him? Could they point out that the people of Oxford West and Abingdon actually selected an Evangelical Christian to represent them instead?
And could someone please inform him that his pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, intolerant, illiberal secular zealotry has nothing at all to do with his Jewish gayness or his gay Jewishness or any other genetic identity chips weighing upon his shoulder?
But doubtless His Grace is a homophobic anti-Semite or an anti-Semitic homophobe merely for pointing that out.
Or perhaps he's just being 'un-Christian'.