Sunday 11 December 2016

So now the beatings will continue until morale improves

Published 24/06/2015 | 02:30

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Did you know that on the same day that Greece - home of the first openly gay city, Sparta - was forced to humiliate itself again at the feet of the EU's creditor nations, the isolated island of Pitcairn became the smallest nation to legalise same-sex marriage, despite having only 48 inhabitants and no gay couples?

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While reading about Pitcairn, the expression attributed to Captain Bligh of the stricken HMS Bounty, against whom the mutineers revolted, came to mind.

While flogging sailors for small misdemeanours, he is said to have declared: "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

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