The least you could so seeing as it was your Queen Victoria that was responsible for the position we’re in now!
I would advice him to read the report of the last commonwealth meeting where David Cameron tried to ‘push for gay rights’.
He may also wish to note that it was immediately after the ‘push for gay rights’ by DC that several commonwealth countries, including Nigeria, commenced legislative processes against gays.
Would that be the one that caused Malawi to re-evaluate their stance on LGBT rights or the one that made Rwanda say they would improve their record on LGBT rights?
Rwanda’s leaders prevented an anti-homosexuality bill progressing (that had been based on the inhumane legislation that Ugandan MPs have attempted to introduce) stating that it was inappropriate in Rwanda.
Don’t forget, Kenya is mulling it too. Must be all that British financial aid they might lose, some of it from gay tax payers.
Looking forward to hearing your speech, John.
I hope you stress the invitation to all countries to be ‘on the right side of history’.
One thing to do would be to ask the American state to stop funding super-rich “religious” personages with multiple private jets and mansions, through extensive tax exemptions that are paid for by all Americans regardless of their religion.
Some of these people use their massive wealth to oppose human rights both in the US and in Commonwealth countries.
For an eye opener, see the the video on Dawkins.net by Sean Fairclough.
See on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dCqclYwNss&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Why is he going going to claim that as a result of British colonialism, 41 out of the 54 countries in the Commonwealth have laws that criminalise homosexuality.
That is such a cop-out and allows the Commonwealth countries to pretend that their poisonous bigotry is imported.
It is not.
The Commonwealth is brutally homophobic solely because they are brutally homophobic societies.
Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India were also colonised but all those countries managed to discard the old laws.
The 41 Commonwealth countries with the old laws, have kept these laws because they agree with them.
What’s that got to do with anything?
They were often backwards before we even got there.
We dragged them screaming into the 19th century.
Had it not been for the British Empire, they would still be in the 17th.
Laudable, but where does John stand on equal marriage I wonder?
I can’t be 100% on this, but I am certain I say Bercow being interviewed a few months back saying that he was confident that a mature Parliament would do the right thing to ensure that gay people are treated fairly where marriage is concerned.
I guess as speaker that is about as clear as he can be on an issue that the government are proposing.
Good to know, Stu, thanks. I just hope we hear more MPs speaking out in support. All we’re getting lately are these lunatic right wingers getting coverage. I do wish some of them would stand up and push back at them for a change, especially those in their own party.
Except he is not an MP.
He should remain impartial and unbiased.
He is MP for Buckingham
John Bercow = pretty cool guy.