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May 23, 2007

The Homosexual Database

You know, there's something itching away at the back of my mind concerning this idea:

An NHS database holding intimate information about the sexual behaviour of thousands of gay men is being planned by health trusts as part of a drive to encourage safer sex, a charity disclosed today.
Contracts for setting up a database to store information on up to 200,000 gay men in London went out to tender last week.

As I say, some half thought rolling around my skull.

The GMFA said this assurance was not consistent with tender documents that included plans to register everyone living with HIV and "interrogate the database" to follow up clients who did not come forward for an assessment of needs. "This demonstrates that the database will store named records and contact details," the charity said.

A dim memory of why this might not be the very bestest of ideas.

The health authority spokesman said: "The data will help us monitor behaviour...

Ah, yes, that's it.


(Update: do I get extra points for proving Godwin's Law before we even get to the comments section?)

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Oh fucking hell, this is a wind up, yes? Please somebody tell me it's a wind up.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | May 23, 2007 12:12:04 PM

Un-fucking-believable. And I bet they do use a pink triangle for the logo.

Posted by: Kay Tie | May 23, 2007 12:39:27 PM

Funny how you've got no problem calling people Nazis, as long as they work for the public sector. Would it be too much to expect that you actually try to find out the facts, rather than taking the word of a group who can definitely not be described as disinterested when it comes to how sexual health info is provided to gay men, before smearing people like that? Honestly, this is no better than that Mail article about Owen. Get a grip on yourself.

Posted by: Jim | May 23, 2007 1:32:52 PM

"Funny how you've got no problem calling people Nazis, as long as they work for the public sector."

You're so right. What is this obsession with state-run projects? I mean the Nazis were a private equity funded spin-out from the marketing department of IG Farben, founded on the business idea of crystalizing latent demand for products and services in the nascent Liquidating Jews/Gays/Gypsies market. Alas the venture failed in 1945 due to excessive shorting by Jewish hedge fund managers in America.

Posted by: Kay Tie | May 23, 2007 1:59:12 PM

SQL Macht Frei

Posted by: AntiCitizenOne | May 23, 2007 3:40:39 PM

"SQL Macht Frei"

Ooo, I like that. Pithily encapsulates New Labour's obsession with databases and their nefarious uses.

Posted by: Kay Tie | May 23, 2007 4:42:43 PM

A typically hysterical response to a serious social problem.

HIV is, or was, spread as a consequence of gay promiscuity, while straights get to pick up the tab for its treatment. Is that fair? Doesn't the fact that they get HIV treatments from their fellow citizens as a consequence of yesterday's ideology imbue them with a certain responsibility to behave?

Do you recall the propaganda that began 25 years ago, when the government told us we were all going to die of AIDS? I was in my early teens then - I can't speak for anyone else, but it made a big impression on me. Since then, policy has been to let gays play while others pay - is that fair upon people whose lifestyles ensure that they are absolutely no risk of contracting HIV?

Incidentally, Tim, attempting to 'Nazify' this argument is extremely immature. The Holocaust didn't happen in our land for a reason, that our traditions of tolerance were respected by all citizens. The gay lobby shows no respect for my belief that it's not my job to pay for the treatment of their perfectly avoidable illness - this is yet another instance of libertarian hedonism leading to libertarian intolerance of anyone who disagrees with a libertarian's perceived right to do what they want, when they want, where they want.

Posted by: Martin | May 24, 2007 6:55:05 AM