Daily Archives: October 24, 2008

Gideon Rachman

The revelation that Jorg Haider seems to have been gay has been greeted with lots of “told you sos”, by colleagues at the FT. Apparently the rumours about Haider – a far-right Austrian politician, recently killed in a car crash – were rife in his home country.

But that isn’t what my colleagues seem to mean. I think they are just reflecting the widespread liberal prejudice that there is something about the rituals of the far-right – the uniforms, the macho culture, the youth wings, the songs around the camp fire – that is distinctly homo-erotic. Read more