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Nick Clegg: I am proud to fly the rainbow flag at Whitehall, and hope others will be too

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  1. Sorry?
    Exactly how much of a fork am I supposed to give about this?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 May 2013, 6:00pm

      Would you rather he were a homophobe instead? If it weren’t for him, there would be no equal marriage bill. The only party to officially endorse it as party policy in 2010.

      1. He’s putting up a flag. Woop!
        “A great gesture” etc etc…

        1. Midnighter 24 May 2013, 8:37pm

          Yes, “Woop!” indeed, very well said!

      2. It is a great stretch (to put it politely) to give credit to Clegg for the marriage equality bill. He could not even control the small number of LibDems in the Commons, an alarming percentage of which either abstained or voted against the marriage bill. Indeed, their crass behavior in this matter has convinced me that this party should never be trusted to actually govern the nation. Their actions and their announce principles are at too great a divergence for them to be taken seriously.

    2. Half the handle and maybe a tine or two.

  2. Midnighter 24 May 2013, 5:58pm

    This is a great gesture – thank you.

  3. Nice gesture.

    And will he also be putting pressure on the LibDems in the unelected House of Lords to support the same-sex marriage bill?

    And does he think the Lib Dem MP’s who oppose our equal civil rights are bigots – or are our rights a matter of ‘conscience’?

  4. No flag should be raised until this Parliament delivers marriage equality.

    As it stands, this previously Parliament has denied us many liberties and civil rights that hetrosexuals take for granted.

    Until such time as we are granted full equality, our flag, should be treated with the respect it deserves and be raised by those who continue to campaign for our freedoms.

    Not, by grinning politicians who as SteveC points out, have yet to condemn those in their party who have voted against equality.

  5. If Nick Clegg wants to redeem the ill-liberal and anti civil rights attitudes and votes of some of his collegues he needs to put pressure on the Lib-Dem members in the Lords to correct the pension in-equalaties that have been written into and left in the SSM Bill, it is a disgrace!

    After last years rainbow flag flying over the CAbinet Office, I would expect nothing less this year, but I doubt there will be one on the Department of Defence, Eh! Philip?
    Perhaps Teressa May can be persuaded to have a couple over the Home Office. And the Office of Overseas Development could send a message as would the Foreign Office! Given the homophobic disgrace of most of Africa recently and for that matter a large part of the Commonwealth.
    The symbolism would be most appreciated.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2013, 12:10pm

      I tweeted openly gay Tory MP Gary Freer earlier in the week about the Lords. He told me MPs really don’t have any influence over them but felt confident they would vote for the bill. I tweeted others such as Maria Miller, Angela Eagle, Theresa May, Nick Clegg of course, Nick Herbert, Chris Bryant, Harriet Harman (who didn’t vote last Tuesday) Yvette Cooper and Julian Huppert. I’ve not heard anything from them.

  6. Thank you Clegg

  7. I appreciate the gesture but Clegg does not deserve much credit for the success of the marriage equality bill. He could not even control the small number of LibDems in the Commons, an alarming percentage of which either abstained or voted against the marriage bill. Indeed, their crass behavior in this matter has convinced me that this party should never be trusted to actually govern the nation. Their actions and their announce principles are at too great a divergence for them to be taken seriously.

    1. Only two abstained – the rest had supported in the past but were away for different reasons including sickness and maternity leave. The overwhelming majority of lib dem MPs support equality

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2013, 12:20pm

      In addition to Lords reform, there should also be Commons reform in regard to the way in which the votes are cast. This archaic system of leaving the chamber to vote, then they come back in for the result is unnecessary. Almost all modern societies have an electronic system with buttons to press at each seat that are connected to an electronic display board within the chamber for all to see, listing their names and the options they can select when voting so that a result is instant and crystal clear as to how they all voted. It should be implemented immediately.

      In addition, those who are absent for whatever reason should be able to vote in absentia. Cabinet members don’t have to be in chamber to vote nor should MPs. It would streamline and expedite the voting process in a much more efficient manner in my view.

  8. Helge Vladimir Tiller 25 May 2013, 8:28am

    THAT’s THE GUY ! Gay organizations in Norway send You the very best greetings.

  9. Benjamin Cohen 25 May 2013, 1:55pm

    I agree with Nick, that’s all I have to say on the matter!

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