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Paddy Ashdown: I would vote in favour of equal marriage if I was in the Lords next week

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  1. On the other hand 31 May 2013, 3:28pm

    Couldn’t he just pop back for the vote?

  2. being in france is like a trip from melbourne to syney…….. we in australia do this regularly on a weekend….. no excuse!

  3. No excuse Ashdown. Why do people get paid, when they’re not even doing the most important part of their job?

    1. Peers only get paid for days they turn up. Some are heavily involved and frequently take part in votes and debates, others very rarely make appearances. I don’t think it’s even possible for them to resign or retire (or be thrown out, except in some unusual circumstances).

  4. So one of the most important legislative bills regarding human/civil rights probably in his lifetime, and he’s not bothered to support it ,because he can’t be bothered to get train back from france for a few hours because of his self interests. This guy is also on the wrong side of history.

    1. What’s his purpose , is he a peer in hol or a writer?

  5. Alex Honeker 31 May 2013, 5:50pm

    It’s not like you’re on the other side of thw world, Paddy… It’s just a few hours in a train for goodness sake!

  6. This is a bit weak from Lord Ashdown – usually such a strong supporter of LGBT rights. He must know that the vote is going to be tight and that Cleggover could do with his support on this. I do look forward to his next book but I for one would be happy to wait a bit longer for it if he could just take a little bit of “time out” to come and vote for equality next week.

    1. you should take “time out” from his no book too, if he is not interested in your human /civil rights to bother to vote..

      1. Tim Chapman 31 May 2013, 10:30pm

        I agree. if he can’t be bothered with such an important issue, who cares what he has to say in some book?

  7. Common sense 1 Jun 2013, 12:41am

    Underlines why we need to totally abolish the lords when even it’s most able members can’t be bothered turning up to do what they are payed by us to do. Anyone who has ever paid any attention to the LOrds will know that the honourable meme bets hardly ever turn up and the “scrutiny” is mainly provided by Law LOrds who would maintain their positions even when the upper house was gone. They are a monstrous waste of money and they needlessly complicate and slow down the legislative process. Make Britian unicameral! New Zealand and Denmark have done this in recent years and the outcome has been hugely beneficial.

    1. Not recently – try 63 years ago!

      NZ abolished its upper house, the Legislative Council, as far back as 1950. Doesn’t seem to have done NZ any harm!

  8. Martin Austin 1 Jun 2013, 1:39am

    Equal to what?
    Its GAY sir

  9. Will they add people who are against same sex marriage or is this a biast newspaper? I.e brainwashing

    1. Tim Chapman 1 Jun 2013, 12:21pm

      It’s not a biast newspaper and I am not brainwashed. However, it is a rational newspaper and there is no rational reason to oppose same-sex marriage. If you know anything to the contrary, do enlighten us.

  10. I saddened to hear Paddy wont be in the Lords for the debate or the vote.

    I remember when goods and services was being debated and Lord Tebbitt getting to his feet and saying ‘ at his is not about gay people staying in guest houses its about buggery and no one should be forced to accommodate those who indulge in such acts’.
    Paddy Ashdown then stood up and said he ‘was confused but Lord Tebbits comments as we’re debating Goods and Services and that the debate on buggery had taken place over 40 years earlier and that people are completely legally entitled two indulge in such acts and it was not for this house today to decide otherwise’.

    It put Tebbitt in his place.

  11. Colin (london) 1 Jun 2013, 2:01pm

    Yes I have to say. I’ve met him and he is a good guy moving Britain forward. However i feel let down by his response. OK we are a minority group but this Sir was about equality…. EQUALITY. Come on old man we believe in you.

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Jun 2013, 5:08pm

    This is why this entire voting system of ours in the House needs to be reformed. Those unable to be physically present for the vote should be able to do so in absentia by casting the vote ahead of time. There’s NO excuse not to allow this.

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Jun 2013, 5:09pm

    I noticed most cabinet members weren’t present during the Commons’ vote on May 21st yet their votes were cast in anyway. Why not the Lords?

  14. Excellent!

    However it should be ‘if I *Were in the Lords’ tutut

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