Plus: The mystery of the missing Kwasi Kwarteng. The presence of the ebullient Brandon Lewis. The absence and recovery of Nick de Bois. Plus: Capita’s failures.
But Major’s Back to Basics disaster shows how badly wrong the attempt to provide moral leadership can go.
Plus: What it was like being gay and a Tory – and being sexually assaulted in the “Brief Encounter” – during the vanished world of the 1990s.
Those who voted against same-sex marriage were more likely to support Leadsom than those who voted for the legislation, whilst the opposite was true for Gove.
The idea that all groups should have the same outcomes is just an update of the old socialist idea of equality of outcome – ignoring the choices that individuals make.
Much of the 20th century fight for liberation involved explaining that it was wrong to discriminate on the grounds of someone’s unchangeable nature.
Why not define your race – it has much less genetic basis than gender, after all? Or your IQ, your disability status, your nationality?
Over time, proposals have either been denounced as politically correct nonsense, or embraced with an enthusiastic “me, too”-ism. Neither approach is exactly rigorous.
You may not agree with his views on gay sex and abortion – or what were his views – but they should not be marginalised as illegitimate.
There is a natural path ahead: announce a resignation by the end of next week, and allow a contest to take place over the summer.
That the pursuit of Farron was legitimate doesn’t mean that they, or anyone else, should feel happy about it – or the bigger trends of which it was part.
He doesn’t think homosexuality is normal, and so the canary, down in the LibDem coal-mine, starts singing its querulous warning. It’s a canary he’s trying to strangle.
Politicians have mostly failed to have the difficult but necessary discussion about what happens when one protected characteristic clashes with another.
Parliament has left a gap in legislation that the courts and a quango are filling.
The Psychoactive Substances Bill is properly intended to outlaw dangerous substances. But it will also wrongly affect this benign sex aid.