He mentioned gay equality several times in the 25-minute speech, saying that no political party now dared to oppose gay rights and calling civil partnerships the result of the pairing of individual freedom and social justice.
What is he on about?
“New Labour did fantastic things for the country. But now we are out of power, what counts is next Labour. Listening, idealistic, open, engaged, thoughtful, radical, decisive, Labour.”
Radical? Civil partnerships are NOT “radical”? Full marriage equality would be radical, now lets see how he would handle that one. The only radical politician as far as that goes is Nick Clegg.
Actually I think he was saying that Labour should become more radical – not that civil partnerships are radical…
And as for full marriage equality, I just don’t get this obsession with trying to prop up a stupid outdated and historically rubbish institution of marriage. Civil Partnerships are a better alternative for a modern age. We should follow the French model and universalise civil unions whilst distinguishing that marriage is solely a religious issue.
Very Queer Friendly Labour was – tell that to Queer Children who are sitting in front of a teacher telling them that they’re evil.