Sir, Although David Silvester is a councillor from Henleyon-Thames, the controversy about his remarks surfaced in our local media in Sevenoaks when our normally excellent local MP, Michael Fallon, branded Mr Silvester as “a fruitcake” for his views. The treatment of Mr Silvester by Nigel Farage also appeared in the story in our local paper, because Mr Farage lives more or less locally, at Cudham.
What Mr Fallon has failed to realise is that Mr Silvester has simply articulated the question many of us have been asking, as to whether the floods are a judgement from God as a result of same-sex marriage (although admittedly Mr Silvester does seem to have gone over the top by turning that question into a dogmatic statement).
While current events may well contain an element of judgement from God over the nation turning its back on God, I am not completely sure that God would be punishing the whole nation specifically for the high-handed way in which David Cameron forced the issue of same-sex marriage through Parliament despite such massive opposition. But I think that Mr Fallon should not have been quite so dismissive.
In addition, Mr Farage should be aware that many traditional Conservative voters now support UKIP as a result of the gay marriage issue, so it seems a little silly that Mr Farage should effectively alienate these new supporters.
Is Mr. Farage aware of this?