Please put back the Ben Summerskill story PinkNews
With this comment from Brian Paddick still in place.
“The story published by PinkNews yesterday about Stonewall was, sadly, a largely dishonest account of what took place at Monday evening’s meeting in Liverpool. We deeply regret that PinkNews chose to publish the story late at night without… double-checking and without having troubled to attend either the meeting itself or a party conference at which such an important issue was being discussed.
Ben did not say that Stonewall objected to the motion that would be debated on Tuesday because it would cost £5bn. For PinkNews to publish and fail to correct a story in this way sadly brings the whole of the pink media, which serves our minority communities uniquely well, into disrepute.
Can I say, I was at the meeting and that the original Pink News report, which I read before it was amended, was not ‘a largely dishonest account’. On the contrary, I formed the impression that it was a fair reflection of what took place, even if it was not 100% accurate in every detail.
Pink News, if you want to put the original back, I will give evidence in any subsequent proceedings to that effect. Maybe “Ben did not say he objected to the Lib Dem conference motion.” What he did say was that an impact assessment on the proposals produced by the Treasury, that apparently says the changes would cost £5bn over 10 years, should be published. He also said that some female members of Stonewall objected to gay marriage. Whatever Stonewall or Summerskill’s views actually are, the clear impression he gave was that he, who was not there as a private individual but as the head of Stonewall, was against gay marriage. He may not have said it but he certainly gave that very clear impression, so much so that I was astounded and sought clarification. For Stonewall then to say the original Pink News account was ‘largely dishonest’ is quite clearly false.
I asked Ben, in open forum, to explain why the changes would cost £5bn and why some members of Stonewall objected to equality in marriage – “I want to understand Ben, I really want to understand but I don’t understand”. He accused me of shouting across the room at him (there was no microphone in a crowded hall and he was then heckled by people saying I was not shouting). He failed to explain why it would cost £5bn and he said I should ask the people he had referred to, why they objected. People in that meting, including me, did not get angry with Ben for no reason.
Pink News we’ve had our differences but on this one I’m right behind you.
Comment by Brian Paddick — September 23, 2010 @ 21:43
Mayor Livingstone would stop that bumblking halfwit Johnson showing us up at the Olympics!
Ken Livingstone, the left-wing hero who defended the police when they shot dead an innocent man at Stockwell tube. So much for all his blather. I’d rather see Boris get in again than this old hypocrite.
Hope they include a box labelled “None of the Above” on the ballot sheet…
Ken is chums with some people who would like to stone us….. Worth remembering.
I won’t be voting for Ken unless he makes a promise never again to have any dealings of any sort with people who call for death or violence against gay people.
I Would Never & Will Never vote for Ken. He is a hypocrite and a two-faced creep. Say what you like about Boris but you can’t say the man doesn’t stick up for London & Londoners and that includes standing up to his own party to get it. Boris gets my vote!!
Ken is only in it for one thing and one thing only… himself!
Get ready for the Labours way of dirty tricks and smears. It’s what Ken did last time and I have no doubt he’ll be worse this time round. It’s what Labour do best… forget policy, lets just smear the people.
C’mon Boris you can beat this creep again!!
Livingstone was about the only straight politician who stuck up for us in the 80s and 90s. I’m not going to let one cock-up blind me to the lifetime of work he’s done to make London a better place for those of us who aren’t rich or powerful, and to put LGBT issues on the agenda for mainstream political parties.
yea get the guy who lost last time to try again that will work
Charlie he onl stuck up for is to piss thatcher off he will do anything to get elected. he had a fesiv called respect in finsbury park. choice fm played the most disgusting homophobic song about burning gay men. ken is giving these people space to express their hatred. it’s not a good thing boris ain’t great but he dosent try to divide London into black White gay straight you’re a Londoner full stop
All the way Ken! I voted you on the last election and I will vote you again. I think you were a really good major for London. Welcome back!
“Livingstone was about the only straight politician who stuck up for us in the 80s and 90s. I’m not going to let one cock-up blind me to the lifetime of work he’s done”
Schmoozing islamic extremists who want to kill us, is not something I’m willing to gloss over.
That is an extreme betrayal of the LGBT community for which he has not apologised. Nor has he made a commitment to never again, have any dealings with these genocidal maniacs.
I agree with SImon Murphy.
I will not forget what Ken Livingstone did – he invited an Islamic preacher who thinks that gay people should be killed and that wife beating is acceptable and et cetera.
Screw Livingstone! He lost last time and he will lose again.
Wonder if he plans any more civic receptions for people who are in favour of throwing gays from cliffs.?