Monday 7 February 2011

Freer uses Parliamentary privilege to ‘out’ retired teacher

Finchley & Golders Green MP, Mike Freer, has abused Parliamentary privilege to ‘out’ retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies. Speaking in the debate on the Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill, Freer said:
“…often, the points that are reported are facts. The gentleman in Bristol was gay, he was eccentric and he was a teacher, but it is the insinuation that is wrapped around such facts that causes the damage.”
Don’t Call Me Dave has known Christopher Jefferies since 1975 from his student days at Clifton College. Many Cliftonians suspected CJEJ (as he was known) of being gay. Perhaps he is. But he also happens to be a very private person who does not ever discuss his sexuality publicly on the reasonable grounds that it is nobody else’s business but his.

Freer complains about the damage caused by insinuation, yet is guilty of committing the very same offence.

CJEJ has already suffered the ignominy of being arrested and publicly humiliated in front of the whole country. To compound his misery, a self aggrandising upstart like Freer has decided to stick the boot in again.

Last month, Hendon MP Matthew Offord used Parliamentary privilege to accuse a political opponent of being anti-Semitic, despite there being not one shred of evidence to support his claim.

Both Freer and Offord have only been MPs for 5 minutes, yet they are already abusing the privileges which go with their position. They are both utterly shameless.


Moaneybat said...

Bravo DCMD Bravo!

We in Barnet were served teribly by these two MPs when they were councillors. little has changed. I find it sad that we sent our gutter to Westminster.

Unknown said...

Freer hardly outed him, I think the media did!

Don't Call Me Dave said...

The media did not ‘out’ him. The tabloids reported the opinion of a few people who wanted to get their names into the paper, whereas Freer made an assertion in Parliament as fact. Oh no, silly me. It was reported in the Daily Mail that Mr Jefferies was gay so it must be true.

baarnett said...

Diana - what are your specific sources, please?