But Major’s Back to Basics disaster shows how badly wrong the attempt to provide moral leadership can go.
Posts Tagged: Sexuality
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.
Alex Morton: Identity politics is wrong – and bad for Tories, too. So if May is staking a revival on it, her difficulties will deepen.
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.
Rebecca Lowe Coulson: If gender, or even race, is a choice, what becomes of the fight against prejudice?
Much of the 20th century fight for liberation involved explaining that it was wrong to discriminate on the grounds of someone’s unchangeable nature.
Graeme Archer: I’m a gay man – not “LGBTQ+”. Here’s why Tories mustn’t play the transgender identity politics game.
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.
Graeme Archer: Farron proclaimed his Christian beliefs. So he can’t complain if he’s quizzed about them.
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.
David Bridle: Banning poppers will harm the Conservatives’ improved relationship with the gay community
The Psychoactive Substances Bill is properly intended to outlaw dangerous substances. But it will also wrongly affect this benign sex aid.
The last 20 years have seen huge strides in combating the disease. But changing attitudes and approaches to sex present new challenges.