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The talk of Twitter
Published 27/01/14



DAVID SILVESTER was the hot topic on social media at the weekend.

His name was trending on Twitter on Saturday, with celebrities joining the debate, and photographs of his letter to the Henley Standard were shared online.

A campaign was set up on Facebook to get the Weather Girls’ Eighties hit It’s Raining Men to the top of the charts.

Actor Stephen Fry told his 6.5 million Twitter followers that Cllr Silvester was a “looney-tunes UKIP councillor”.

A mock Twitter page called @UkipWeather attracted 110,000 followers — more than the party’s official page. A Wikipedia page was also set up for Cllr Silvester.


Tamsin Borlase, a market gardener whose family own Swiss Farm in Henley, accused Cllr Silvester of “breathtaking homophobic idiocy”.

She added: “My business is underwater. You don’t see me blaming homosexuals or God! I blame the weather/climate change.”



COUNCILLOR David Silvester added to the controversy by giving a radio interview in which he claimed homosexuality was a “disease” which could be “healed”.

He refuted suggestions that he was homophobic, saying he loved gay people.

Cllr Silvester told BBC Radio Berkshire: “I’m saying that as a result of persisting in this course, things have resulted in this kind of weather. It’s a repercussion rather than a direct punishment from God.

“It’s a repercussion as a result of these Godless laws. If the whole nation turns against God in a serious way then it seems to me that it’s natural for repercussions.”

He said he wrote a thesis on homosexuality while studying at Bible college and came across the work of American psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover, who claimed there was no proof that homosexuality was genetic.

Cllr Silvester said: “There’s healing for the gay condition and I believe that Christians should long for gay people to be healed and have normal, heterosexual lives.”

Published 27/01/14

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