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Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly

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  1. Shane (@gingio on Twitter) 8 Nov 2013, 3:36pm

    Vile man. He doesn’t deserve to be such a prominent MP.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Nov 2013, 4:00pm

    Sorry, Mr. Hammond, but you ARE a Conservative with a capital ‘C’. This was not a revolutionary or radical piece of legislation which I might add had the longest public consultation in history. It has taken three years since Cameron first announced plans to introduce it so I hardly think it was rushed through, delusional loon. Ours was given far more scrutiny than any other country’s same-sex marriage bill. Obviously, it wasn’t legalised so quickly according the higher number of Lords, many of them Tories than MPs.

    1. Yes, yes, yes! And let’s not forget his appallingly homophobic record! See my list of this man’s repeated offensiveness below!

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Nov 2013, 10:48pm

        Indeed, Eddy. The man is such a coward he abstained throughout the debate. In my view, abstentions are nothing more than people who want it both ways. Cowards! He didn’t even have the guts to vote ‘no’.

        1. Indeed! Every time I see his innocent-looking mug on the telly, I remind myself and my partner that the man’s a proven homophobe. He abstained, abstained, abstained, abstained, and voted against, against, against, against, against, on repeated occasions!

          Homophobe Hammond. That will be your epitaph, Hammond.

    2. St Sebastian, the humanist 9 Nov 2013, 6:08am

      You are absolutely right Robert……. and why should we wait for what is only ‘equal’ rights until this slow moving chump gets used to the idea? A dreadful man, an oxygen thief.

  3. Why can’t the Tories just move on? SSM is an ACT of law. Good news today on the EU Referendum Bill. Whether you’re pro or anti – you have to hand it to the 30 or so Labour mps as to how they managed to effectively consume 5 hours of parliamentary time debating between each other and taking soooo long to walk through the lobbies. Net effect is this bill rolls over to 22 Nov and will likely go into 29 Nov as well -thus dislodging Bone head’s bigoted Private Members’ Same-Sex Marriage Referendum bill from the first slot of the day. Should be easy to talk the old tossers bill out of time! I see his poor little Margaret Thatcher bank holiday bill also ran out of time again today. What a complete cock!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Nov 2013, 4:16pm

      It baffles me as to how Bone(head)’s referendum bill managed to move forward to a second reading. Hopefully, it will fail. It will be interesting to see just how many MPs are in session that day. I suspect the ringleaders, Burrowes, Loughton, Gale, Howarth, Dorries et al will be there to give the looney Bone moral support. I hope Nick Herbert is there to slap them all down like he did in third reading.

      1. The second reading is the first real step of the process bills go through (the first reading is just a formal announcement that the bill is being introduced). I imagine it is certain to be talked out if it is ever actually debated.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 8 Nov 2013, 9:04pm

      Yes CG, was a good debate on the referendum. Labour did well in my view. Interesting ramifications for pulling out of the EU regarding British territories, Gibraltar. Personally, I think it’s bad for the UK economy and jobs if we pull out.

  4. I’m amazed Mr Hammond has only SSM to reflect on! I would have thought (given his job description and what he’s remunerated for as a cabinet secretary) he would be more concerned with soldiers allegedly executing a prisoner of war at point blank range and about making 1000 ship builders redundant in Portsmouth and the implications of awarding defence contracts for the United Kingdom to what could be an independent scotland next year???!!!??? It’s interesting to note he’s been more preoccupied with the defence of his personal “beliefs” and “religious” values as opposed to the defence of the United Kingdom!!!!

    1. no longer ‘allegedly’ as 1 of them has been found guilty although was sorta difficult to deny when they had footage from the headcam showing it apparantly. id only add 1 more thing onto your list though about privatising the defence procuament people basicly relying on non uk private companies being responsible for arming our troops

  5. It wasn’t quick at all. Hollande was elected president of France two years after Cameron became prime minister. Marriages were taking place there before debate had even started in the Lords. That’s in spite of much fiercer public opposition to the proposals.

    1. This is the difference between right-wing and left-wing, those on the right usually oppose bold social change and reform whilst those on the left are progressive and support bold social change and reforms this is why the left has always been at the forefront of bold equality legislation for women and LGBT people and of course racial equality throughout history.

      So those within the gay and bisexual community who attack the left should take some time to consider and realise that if it wasn`t for the left the LGBT community would not have progressed as far as they have in recent decades

  6. Lion in Winter 8 Nov 2013, 5:51pm

    As we said in the 80’s, Philip, take a Valium and sit down.

  7. I don’t care if he’s uncomfortable with same sex marriage. It doesn’t affect him, only those wishing to have one.

  8. How very generous of you to become “comfortable” with our human rights, you vicious old fart.

  9. I expect a great many people are actually like Hammond, once equal marriage became lawful they adjusted to it perfectly well, just as with CPs a few years ago.

    The great great pity is that, with this tendency in mind, he didn’t STFU on the subject in the first place and avoid making the wholly unnecessary – and now, as he tacitly admits, inaccurate – statement about “redefining” marriage etc.

  10. Philip Hammond seems to be trying to excuse his appalling behaviour and attitude with regard to this nation’s vast number of homosexual citizens. He’s trying to portray himself as a reasonable and level-headed individual who likes “change to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary”, and he now claims he was “quite comfortable with the institution of civil partnership”!

    BUT Homophobe Hammond wasn’t in favour of civil partnerships at the time they were introduced in 2004. He repeatedly abstained from voting in favour of them! But worse than this he voted AGAINST the equalisation of the age of consent, AGAINST the repeal of Section 28, AGAINST allowing same-sex couples to adopt, and AGAINST “The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill” (which removed the requirement for a FATHER and a MOTHER to be considered when taking into account the welfare of a child who may be born as a result of fertility treatment).

    Hammond, you’ve been shocked and appalled all along the line!

  11. Sad old dinosaur tries to claw back some credibility. ‘Was uncomfortable with CPs’ = hateful bigot.

  12. Once a chinless Tory bigot – always a chinless Tory bigot.

  13. “it created a perception that the leadership was in a different place to the core of the party’s active supporters”

    BECAUSE IT WAS IDIOT. The majority of Tory MP’s voted against it let alone the core supporters.

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