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Gay Malawi couple plead not guilty to indecency charges

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  1. Tatchel is right. There should be no aid for homophobic regimes. Aid should be pegged to human rights improvements.

  2. 30 Dec 2009, 5:15pm

    It says here “Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said there should be “blank cheque”…” [for countries violating human rights].

    This is an interesting use of English. I think the usual wording is “there should be no blank cheque…” , in other words, bad behaviour should not be ignored, or rewarded. Here I think the wording has a different nuance: that countries violating human rights should be sent a cheque for a zero amount.

    I don’t mind either way, it’s a new way with an old term. The intended meaning was that Malawi should not have “carte blanche” to treat gay people inhumanely. I agree with that!

  3. Peter Tatchell is absolutely right that foreign aid should be withheld from states who practice homophobic repression, though his metaphore “blank cheque” is incorrect – a blank cheque is a signed and dated cheque with the monetary value left blank so the recipient can insert any sum they see fit – definitely not what Peter was proposing!

  4. john sharp 31 Dec 2009, 9:12am

    this is part of the heritage of vitorian law 377
    now religions are spearheading the hate
    we should not help these homophobic countries

  5. Tim Hopkins 31 Dec 2009, 1:39pm

    Actually it’s Pink News that got this one slightly wrong – the original article in yesterday’s Scotsman quotes Peter as saying there should be no blank cheque for countries that violate human rights!

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