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May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying

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  1. Home Secretary Theresa May announces changes in the law that allows the government to engage in class warfare.

  2. BTW the Equality act has been passed into law so May needs to get this through the houses of commons and lords to make it law.

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    Note to PinkNews: Headline is misleading as a minister cant make law in the way as the headline suggests.

  3. Paul Halsall 17 Nov 2010, 1:48pm

    Tories are vermin, as Nye Bevan said. Every action in government shows that.

  4. “We will give schools the power to take tough action to tackle bullying, including homophobic and transphobic bullying.”

    1 word – HOW?
    “Ms May did not mention religious civil partnerships or gay marriage in her speech.”

    Why not? Does Theresa May support civil partnership apartheid?

    “Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk that the new provisions were welcome.”

    Why has that homophobic waste of space Ben Summerskill not been sacked yet?

    He has yet to offer an explanation or an apology for his active campaigning against marriage equality at the Lib Dem conference.

    Stonewall have YET to outline their campaign for marriage equality.

    The continuing leadership by Summernoskill of Stonewall utterly delegitmises the group.

    A group with a homophobic bigot like Summerskill at the helm simply cannot be trusted on any issue.

    When is Summerskill going to be sacked?

  5. @Helen: actually the Equality Act, as is entirely usual, gives ministers the power to set commencement dates for legislation to come into effect. T May simply has to do nothing then the legislation never comes into effect. So the headline is accurate.

  6. It’s disappointing that Theresa May wasn’t able to be more specific about how the government intends to combat homophobic bullying – especially during Anti-Bullying Week.

    Government ministers should pay more attention to other LGBT groups and individuals rather than just Stonewall. It would be nice to see Theresa May and Lynne Featherstone meeting with Peter Tatchell and Sue Sanders from Schools Out.

  7. poeticlicense 17 Nov 2010, 2:49pm

    Given the excemptions which reverse trans rights to the Single Equality Law I very much doubt this government will repeal those exemptions as the Conservatives are transphobic, and discrimination cases will not get to court due to scrapping Legal Aid for those very same civil cases.

  8. de Villiers 17 Nov 2010, 4:23pm

    “The Conservatives” is a very broad group. There is usually upset when people talk about “the gays” or the views of gay people as if they of one mind. It is no different with “the Conservatives” or “Labour supporters” or “the Lib Dems”.

    For someone else then to say, that Tories are “vermin” comes close to what Germans said about Jews. It borders on being fascist and it stirs up hatred.

    It is also self-centred and vain. It reserves morality for those who make such statements and allows them to decide who is good and who is evil. It comes close to the worst elements of religion.

    As for the scrapping of legal aid, it barely existed at all in employment cases. Its abolition will have close to no effect. Most cases now are funded either by the legal expenses clause in a person’s home insurance or by no-win / no-fee agreements.

  9. de Villiers 17 Nov 2010, 4:24pm

    -or trade unions

  10. “For someone else then to say, that Tories are “vermin” comes close to what Germans said about Jews. It borders on being fascist and it stirs up hatred.”

    Hilarious.

    The Tories are not a persecuted minority. Their history (until very recently) is that of disgusting bigotry.

    And the likes of William Hague and and all his fellow Tory bigots (including Theresa May) can accurately be called vermin, for their appallingly homophobic voting record.

    I do like how Pink News always uses the picture of Theresa May where you can see the herpes on her lip.

  11. Hurrah! Anything that rolls back the pernicious PC state that has riddled our country like a cancer and eroded and destroyed everything in its path is to be applauded. Political correctness is cognitive dissonance by any other name. In other words it is a form of insanity since its purpose is to instruct us to believe what we are told instead of what our eyes, ears and common sense tell us. I think we need to take our collective head out of the sand and take a good look around us to see how very true that definition is. Since the turn of the Millennium things have been getting crazier and crazier, and it feels almost like we are about to fall off a rather large precipice into a quite different world. Maybe that’s what we need in order to bring everyone back down to earth and to learn from the crazy mess the Western world now finds itself in…

  12. William, I have no idea what that rant was about. I am unsure that you do either. Are you saying the drive for legal equality is akin to “political correctness”???

  13. She could sell ice to the Inuit community with that perfect diction of hers. Just for that, I agree with everything she says or does.

  14. Oh William, I do wish you’d give up on your incessant rants about political correctness, or at least try engaging with some of the responses people give to those rants. I’m sure you can’t be doing your image any favours, let alone your blood pressure….

  15. May scraps equality duty?

    How can they scrap the duty? What are the Lib Dems saying about this, are they for it?

    I’ve been working towards the Duty for the passed 7 years. If they want a ‘war’ then they are dam-well going to get one!!!

    Same old Tories!

  16. William, what utter tosh you have uttered. You speak like an addict of The Daily Hate.

    Passing legislation to encourage equality is a very fine thing. Look at the history of such legislation in this country from 1832 onwards.

    And try not to make such a fool of yourself again in public. There’s a good boy.

  17. john(derbyshire) 17 Nov 2010, 7:01pm

    What do you all think of the large notice as you enter our local Registrars Office- “Marriage is the joining together in of one man and one woman”
    I was hoping that the new Act would make them take it down or change it-but no-looks like prejudice still rules!

  18. @ Pete, Sally, Will, etc etc

    YAWN…

  19. Nice to hear Theresa May reassuring everyone about the steps she’s going to take to combat “political correctness” – during a speech that was supposed to be about equality. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: that woman is in absolutely the wrong job.

  20. She is just refusing to progress the addition of socio-economic status to the list of existing protected equalities groups, such as race, sexuality, gender, age, disability etc. You can be born gay, black, disabled etc., but if you are born working class that is the one thing that will have the greatest affect on your life chances. Currently equalities impact assessments do not have to take socio-economic status into account- if they did it would change the way things were done by both locl and national government. It would indeed make them act in a more socialist way, hardly something the tories would want to encourage.

  21. Is this something to do with that legal case that the equality commission was going to take out saying that the coalition’s budget was illegal becuase they hadn’t done an impact analysis re socio-econimic duty of their budget?? I guess it’s one way of winning the case , get rid of the clause completely!

    GlaD to hear that they are going to do more about homophobic bullying – this does mean, doesn’t it, that Stonewall can now do a little more on the marriage equlaity front. If the govt are going to do more, then really this gives Stonewall more time and now they can dedicate their resources more to marriage equlaity and fighting the govt , we don’t really just want them to have the same agenda as govt only!……

  22. Divide and conquer. Dismantle dismantle dismantle. Empty words and preempt discourse. In the middle of the night, who’s going to save your arse? Are they going to punish the schools that don’t deal with homophobic bullying? Are they going punish religious schools that equals homosexuality to perversion? Nah, didn’t think so…
    Gay tories —> Duhhhh?

  23. “@ Pete, Sally, Will, etc etc YAWN…”

    That’s it???? That’s your response to account for your little puerile and ill written tantrum? Wow. We are all dazzled by your intellectual prowess.

    The only “yawn” here is having listening to someone who makes a complete fool of themselves in public and then can’t even be bothered to explain themselves. How embarrassing for you.

  24. Er, David. Ben Summerskill is hardly a ‘homophobic bigot’. You sound moronic saying that. You may not agree with some of his policies, but that hardly makes someone who has spent most of his adult life fighting injustice towards gay people homophobic. Choose your words a little more wisely, please.

  25. Jock S. Trap 18 Nov 2010, 10:06am

    I think credit here has to be given in that we have a Conservative government that IS taking action regarding historic conviction plus they are the first government to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

    It is one thing to scrap section 28 but then to leave out ways to tackle things such as this distructive bullying, allowing a generation of intolerant thugs leaving our schools is just as criminal.

    Too many on here harp on about the past and how this government would errode our rights yet we have this Very government following up on certain things it set out when it went to the country.

    For all those also going on about religious schools not teaching about gay relationships etc, I’ll remind you it was your precious Labour Party that brought in Amendment 70 that allows schools to discriminate in the first place. This has been deemed worse than section 28 because it actually allows such discrimination.

    The fact that we have a Tory government actually prepared to tackle homophobic bullying is certainly a positive step. Who’d have thought it would be a Tory government doing it.

    I know not everything is going to go right but this is a start.

  26. No 24: Jon: you say: “Ben Summerskill is hardly a ‘homophobic bigot’ ”

    What (if not hompphobic bigotry) then do you call going to the Lib Dem conference and actively campaigning against marriage equality by telling barefaced lies about the cost of equality (while having done no research on this topic of cost?) Meanwhile whenever anyone in the gay community asked him about his silence on marriage equality he pretended that he had no opinion on the subject.

    Summerskill’s behaviour at the LibDem conference was homophobic bigotry (as well as displaying his appalling lack of integrity, honesty or accountability to the population he was pretending to represent.)

    He has not explained or apologised for his appalling homophobia at the LibDem conference. He continuing leadership of Stonewall brings the reputation of the entire organisation into disrepute.

    It really is that simple.

  27. Jock S. Trap 18 Nov 2010, 10:40am

    If you think Thats homophobic, me thinks you’ve had a cushy life!

  28. Mihangel apYrs 18 Nov 2010, 11:50am

    David: I think Summerskill is just representing his major funders, big business.

    It’s all well and good to do “diversity in the workplace” and put in policing policies, it’s another when it could cost money (e.g. extra pension payout)

  29. Post 11: “Hurrah! Anything that rolls back the pernicious PC state that has riddled our country like a cancer and eroded and destroyed everything in its path is to be applauded. Political correctness is cognitive dissonance by any other name. In other words it is a form of insanity since its purpose is to instruct us to believe what we are told instead of what our eyes, ears and common sense tell us. I think we need to take our collective head out of the sand and take a good look around us to see how very true that definition is. Since the turn of the Millennium things have been getting crazier and crazier, and it feels almost like we are about to fall off a rather large precipice into a quite different world. Maybe that’s what we need in order to bring everyone back down to earth and to learn from the crazy mess the Western world now finds itself in…”

    What the man said. Who could argue with that?

  30. Well, exactly. I get the impression that, for William, reality is just something that happens to other people.

  31. Cameron goes on about everyone in his “Big Society” helping each other, while at the same time he is dismantling many of the things that have been put in place to ENSURE that people are helped.

    What’s actually going to emerge from Cameron’s antics is:
    a. he’s going to save the money that good groups need
    b. he’s creating an unregulated free-for-all environment where the weak are going to lose out.

    In fact, he’s going to bring about much the same sort of thing that Thatcher (his mother) did.

    The only positive I can see in this is that the rest of the world is no longer going to be so keen to take up residence in the UK. But for us natives it’s going to be different story.

    Start practising your swimming, folks, or you’ll sink!

  32. David at 10.30 is right about that being homophobic though Jock
    PC was about respect and stuff, things which many miss as basic ideals to show to others, so many oppose respect and tolerance as they don’t have any of these qualities

  33. Jock S. Trap 18 Nov 2010, 3:19pm

    @ Chester

    I was talking about his continuous rants against B. Summerskill. I mean yes I know what Stonewall were doing was negative and disappointing but to go on about quite as much.. it just gets boring and gets in the say of the main topic.

  34. de Villiers 18 Nov 2010, 4:51pm

    It’s a bit of unreality to call Ben Summerskill homophobic. Unless the reader is “of the cause” and happy to indulge in a bit of indulgent baiting, no sensible person is likely to agree than Ben Summerskill is homophobic.

    Homophobia is the extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people. Ben Summerskill has no such aversions. He may take the wrong position on gay marriage but this does not make him “homophobic”.

    To call him “homophobic” is another example of insulting those with whom one disagrees. It is of a turn with calling all Conservatives “vermin”. These are no more than playground insults. They do not contribute to a measured debate.

    If anything, it demonstrates an inability to engage in a rational debate with a friendly temper.

  35. Kisrty: “What the man said. Who could argue with that?”

    Off the cuff, an intelligent person could.

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