THE NEWSDESK: What a perfect political storm....
WHY does it always rain on me? Ah, the old Travis question. Well, according to one UKIP councillor, it's all David Cameron's fault, for legalising gay marriage.
Now, there are many things for which Mr Cameron and his government might, logically, be blamed. The state of the economy, foreign policy, that sort of thing.
But this councillor seems to think that Mr Cameron's gay marriage policy is the reason we suffered recent floods in the United Kingdom.
As opposed to it being winter, rainy, and there being high tides all at once.
Today, the UK Independence Party suspended said councillor, David Silvester, who claimed the country had been "beset by storms" since the passage of the new law on gay marriage because David Cameron had acted "arrogantly against the Gospel".
He was suspended by the party after defying a request not to do further interviews on his beliefs following his initial claims made in a letter to a local newspaper.
Not, technically, because of his views, though, it is worth noting.
The suspension came as leader Nigel Farage also launched a clearout of "extremist, nasty or barmy" views from the party ahead of polls in May.
And the very best of luck to you with that, Mr Farage.
Cllr SIlvester's comments would have had the cultural critic John Ruskin rolling his eyes.
Ruskin is widely through to have coined the term "pathetic fallacy" in his book "Modern Painters", a literary term for the attributing of human emotion and conduct to all aspects within nature.
Ruskin saw a kind of personification in poetic writing when, for example, clouds seem sullen, when leaves dance, when dogs laugh, or when rocks seem indifferent.
Cllr Silvester's form of pathetic fallacy sees anger in the rising tide of say, The Usk or The Wye, rather than the movements of the moon, the amount of rain which has fallen from the sky and all kinds of scientific reasons for it.
I have no truck with a pathetic fallacy such as this.
It's just another form of superstition - bringing in evergreen branches for sympathetic magic in the winter, believing an all-powerful being would be bothered enough to cause some properties to be flooded because someone gay, somewhere, loves someone else who happens to be gay.
Surely God would have bigger things about which to worry. War, famine, cruelty, disease.
How can anyone who believes in a loving God think such a being would punish people in such a random way?
It's a perverse position.
It's a position which would mean that the people of Wales have been specifically marked out for punishment with our constant wet weather. Oh how we must have sinned, given the wash-out of pretty much every August bank holiday since time immemorial.
Like the Rhod GIlbert joke, many of us didn't realise we could take off our kagouls until our ninth birthdays.
All that sideways Valleys rain, the rain which comes back up at you from the ground. Rain with attitude.
There I was as a Valleys kid, knowing that an angry God was sending that rain back up at me from the tarmac.....er, no. It had more to do with the nearby mountains making clouds unleash their water content to rise above them.
Sorry, Cllr Silvester, your argument didn't hold water with a nine-year-old then, and it doesn't hold water now.
My religious relatives might have joked that the "sun shines on the righteous" on seaside day trips, but I knew it to be humour.
They understood very well that God helps those who help themselves. Don't organise an outing to Barry Island in the middle of winter and expect to go sunbathing. I suspect that an omniscient being who gave us the power of good sense would expect us to use it.
I am, however, delighted that someone has started #ukipweather on Twitter, because it thoroughly brightened up my dark, rainy Saturday.
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