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Mayor of London: I won’t end twinning arrangement with Moscow despite anti-gay laws

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Sep 2013, 1:56pm

    Well, if he can’t sever ties, why can’t he just make a public statement condemning the Russian government for legislating discrimination? Being ‘concerned’ isn’t good enough. The same applies to Cameron, Clegg and Miliband. None have actually condemned it outright. If this had been an ethnic group, they’d be among the first to voice condemnation.

    What is the Pope doing about it as well as Welby and others? Pretty silent and we all know what that means.

    1. Yes agree, its far too wispy-washy, He at least needs to clarify he understands what the series of recent Russian laws impacting (negatively) on liberty and gay rights in this instance are about, and condemn the anti-gay measures introduced in June and the present bill to remove the children of gay parents at present before the Duma. At the very least.
      I agree it would be excellent if he would get together with other European Mayors and do the same as a combined effort.
      He will if he wants to raise his kudos in this area.

    2. Christopher Coleman 18 Sep 2013, 4:03pm

      Most political and religious leaders seem able to live with a great deal of villainy before being moved to say anything. They’ll jump on the bandwagon of concern only when they are sure many others of their kind will be there too, as over Syria, and all the screaming about poison gas. No one mined much while Syrians were dying by other forms of violence; that was just everyday, acceptable war. It is rare to find a leader who will take a moral stand when all around him are either hostile or indifferent.

  2. Colin (London) 18 Sep 2013, 1:57pm

    I’m not a fan of Boris so this just confirms what I think of him.

    No backbone….this is about human rights not just gay lives.

    At somepoint in your life Boris you have stand for something. You cannot keep the church, Russia, the gays happy and play each one of them.

    I promise you this..if you ever try to become leader of the Tories I will go out of my way to show you for what you are.

    Isolation will not achieve change…How about getting together with every european Mayor and sending a loud and consistent message about human rights… Action no not Boris..Comedy he does well.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Sep 2013, 2:05pm

      What also galls me is that the ECHR hasn’t been very proactive in any of it. Russia is a signatory and should be held accountable. If not, why not? I like the idea of EU mayors getting involved, something MPs should be doing regardless.

      1. The ECHR can’t really be proactive – they can only decide on the applications that are made to them (and applicants have to exhaust their options in domestic courts first). Russia loses lots of cases there, including a recent one about a ban on pride parades, and has to pay compensation to people, but it is a sovereign state – the Court can only ask them to change their laws and policies, it can’t force them to. Even the UK often drags its feet – it took several years for the government to allow prisoners to vote, and to equalise the age of consent, after the Court had ruled against them in those cases.

        And the Court has to worry about its own reputation to prevent member states leaving or trying to weaken the Court – the recent case about same-sex unions (Schalk and Kopf v Austria) resulted in a very confusing and weakly-worded judgment, which a lot of people saw as pragmatic – a strong ruling either for or against SSM would have been very unpopular in some parts of Europe.

  3. Quote from BBC “Who Do You Think You Are” web page: “Boris Johnson … thinks he is part Jewish ….”
    Wouldn’t you think, therefore, he’d want to do ALL he can to register his disgust for what’s happening in Russia?

  4. BREAK THEM….end our ties with Moscow.

    We can still have dialogue with Russia….BUT Sitting on our hands doing nothing like you Boris achieves nothing. A little bit of direct action will do the world of good.

    Boris, grow some effing balls

  5. This proves that the Tories may think they know what the word ‘Equality’ means, but in reality they either just don’t get it, or they are two faced bigots!

    1. That would be why some of the tory MP’s want to remove the “Public Sector Equality Duty” from the 2010 Equality Act.
      Is this government policy yet?
      They want to scrap the Human Rights Act 1998!!!
      This hardly shows a profound concern for Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties on behalf of the Tory party.
      Just because they have passed same-sex marriage, don’t be fooled into thinking they have your freedom and liberty in the front of their to do list.
      Do NOT Trust but VERIFY and double CHECK and Verify again and again!

  6. Can’t help but think that this is Boris trying to be all things to all people, ahead of a potential leadership bid.

    He doesn’t want to offend the Tory backwoodsmen, so it’s easier to sit on the fence.

    Shame he can’t be decisive and courageous by unequivocally supporting gay rights the same way as Cameron and Obama did.

  7. So he is going to do what?

  8. What did you all expect from the man who equated gay marriage to bestiality? Only gay idiots vote for him

  9. Treacherous Buffoon!

  10. Shame on you Boris but there again your idol thatcher tried the same tactics here didnt she!!

  11. Derek Williams 18 Sep 2013, 7:45pm

    Think again Mayor Boris. Don’t twin with those who abuse human rights.

  12. Alan Baker 19 Sep 2013, 8:33am

    Pathetic…Once again this waffling buffoon has demonstrated he has never grown a backbone.

  13. Robert Ramcharan 28 Oct 2013, 12:56pm

    Does anyone know of any formal protest on the internet against London’s twinning with Moscow?

    It’s crazy that the mayor thinks that’s this is still “ok”

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