On the whole, Roy Greenslade’s conclusion seems about right…
You may feel that for The Sun to accuse others of playground insults is more than a little rich. But note its underlying message, which it shares with other right-of-centre papers: though Ukip is a one-man band without any genuine political credibility, it’s a useful weapon to whip Cameron and his party into line.
The man is absolutely encased in teflon; this is unlikely to harm his ambitions.
Eleven years old, this photographer. Wow.
Seems an idyllic life…
By their works ye shall know them. And hark at the ‘moderate tones’ of Edward Leigh as he sets about his work…
The veteran Conservative Edward Leigh called for people who disagreed with gay marriage to be given protection under the Equality Act 2010. This was not, he assured the House, because he was “swivel-eyed”, though he conceded he became a bit cross-eyed late at night when tired. Nor was he “myopic”.
Neither was it to defend those who were being “beastly” or “horrid” to gay people in the workplace. “But I do think actually that same-sex marriage is different. It seems to many of us, if you dare to disagree with the new orthodoxy that gay marriage is the best thing since sliced bread, you are somehow breaking a new social taboo, you are doing something in your workplace, particularly in the public sector, that you should not be doing.”
When there was a clash between gay rights and religious freedom, in law gay rights came first, Leigh said. Citing an example of a housing association worker who was demoted for writing on Facebook that gay marriage was “an equality too far”, he said the government was legislating in a culture that had been “so coloured by political correctness” that “mild-mannered people expressing reasonable beliefs in moderate tones are treated like villains”.
Poor thing; how he suffers, he who played a prominent public parliamentary role when his party conjured Section 28 and foisted it upon us. Where were the crocodile tears then for teachers whose consciences were troubled?
Arguably these are quite good; clever, even. Bill Gekas is also blessed to have a five year old whose sense of self is sufficiently developed to fill the assigned role effortlessly.
But, am I the only person slightly uncomfortable with this idea?
Reblogged from Slate, 21 May 2013