Thursday, April 28, 2005

Almost forgot

In my diatribe against the Tories earlier, I forgot to mention the views of one of Howard's advisors on inclusivity, which may explain their current headlong dash for the clear blue water on the right.

In her leaflet Mrs Warsi, the Conservatives' first female Muslim candidate, says: "Labour has scrapped section 28 which was introduced by the Conservatives to stop schools promoting alternative sexual lifestyles such as homosexuality to children as young as seven years old... now schools are allowed and do promote
homosexuality and other alternative sexual lifestyles to your children. Labour reduced the age of consent for homosexuality from 18 to 16 allowing school children to be propositioned for homosexual relationships."

Later in her leaflet Mrs Warsi is quoted saying: "I will campaign strongly for an end to sex education at seven years and the promotion of homosexuality that undermines family life."

Back to the good old days, eh?

Clause 28 was a knee-jerk reaction (emphasis on the jerk) to deal with a problem that never really existed. I'm not aware of any teacher or council ever trying to promote homosexuality - a ridiculous idea, as it suggests that you can choose to be gay or straight in the same way that you choose to drink tea or coffee. One of the insidious effects of this ban was to make some teachers nervous about tackling homophobic bullying for fear of falling foul of the law.

If anyone runs into Mrs Warsi in Dewsbury, I'd love to hear an example from her of any council in the UK promoting homosexuality.

Meanwhile, a victim of Lynton Crosby and his attack dog Mark Textor speaks out. Ironic that the Australian Liberal Party is the same as the Tories. Just like Birmingham, really.

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