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Davis accused of supporting rights for suspected terrorists but not gays

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  1. (sigh)
    trying to concatenate two different things, as well as muddy the waters.

    People being held without charge are still innocent under British law (unless the govt has changed that) so their guuilt still needs to be proven. It is dangerous to us all to lock up innocent people without charge for long periods – the tactics can always be(and would be) extended as it suits the powers.

    This is one reason why the lawmakers need watching, otherwise all liberties evaporate over time

  2. Robert, ex-pat Brit 19 Jun 2008, 3:31pm

    “He hasn’t got an anti-gay bone in his body, and if he had, I wouldn’t have supported him for the leadership”.

    Really? A leopard never changes its spots. Selectively cherry-picking one or two things to demonstrate one’s pro-equality stand doesn’t cut it! He reminds me of the right wing zealots such as that wild sow Iris Robinson, deliberately selecting one scant reference to justify homophobia while ignoring others far more damning of her sexual orientation than yours or mine.

  3. Robert, ex-pat Brit 19 Jun 2008, 3:35pm

    A man with a bad record on gay rights, a supporter of Section 28, absent from the civil partnership vote, an exponent of capital punishment……why would anyone think this man is pro-equality? If he is, let him state it publicly and go on record, let him reject publicly that he regretted supporting Section 28 for starters. Then it might lend some credence.

  4. To be fair, the article was pretty well balanced, although David Davis appears to be ‘anti gay’ due to his voting record, you really do need to look at life outside Westminster. There are examples in this article that truly show David Davis in his true light. He attended a civil partnership and got emotional about it, that is enough for me. It shows me that he believes our relationships are exactly the same as heterosexual ones, that they are about emotion and commitment.

  5. An idiotic attempt at point scoring from a Labour MP. Perhaps he’d like to comment on the Labour party’s inabilty to deport Abu Qatada no further than his £800,000 house (courtesy of the taxpayer). A gentleman, who while endorsing the most barbaric aspects of Sharia law, would gladly see us all dead.

  6. Bill Perdue, RainbowRED 19 Jun 2008, 8:16pm

    What else would you expect from a Tory? They’re the central political party of union busting, homophobia, misogyny and islamophobia.

    The situation regarding civil liberties is even worse in the United States. For the first time since the invasion of Vietnam the US is operating concentration camps at Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alleged ‘terrorists’ are being arrested and handed over to the tender mercies of mercenary governments to be tortured and killed in exchange for US military aid.

    It’s a very dangerous precedent.

  7. This is just another cheap diversion-tactic from an increasingly exhausted New Labour. One might equally say that Ben Bradshaw and his party are selective about whose rights they are willing to uphold: they will court LGBT voters, but will not defend fundamental right of habeas corpus. I despise David Davis and almost everything for which he stands, but he is absolutely right to oppose 42-day detention. The simple fact is, you can’t pick and choose which human rights you support. Liberty is a zero-sum game.

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