We feel a commission, a working group, an inquiry coming in – to look these inconsistencies, accidents of history and quirks, to see if some tidying-up is required.
Posts Tagged: Sexuality
I finish by imploring you to consider the effect on our Brexit negotiations if we change negotiators half way through.
While society has become more liberal to minority communities, it doesn’t show the same acceptance to members of the party that won most votes at last year’s election.
Iain Dale: This reshuffle could have promoted and prioritised housing. But all we got was a name change.
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.
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.