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  1. What a load of absolute rubbish. It’s going through at the normal speed of any law. It’s not even in the hands of the Govt any more – it’s going through Parliament!

    If anything, with a controversial law, would it not be in the SNP’s favour to get it over and done with as soon as possible so the bigots don’t think it’s all their “fault”? Rather than have it being enacted even closer to the referendum. Doesn’t withstand any scrutiny at all.

    I’d rather wait a few months and get it done properly than rush through a half-hearted mess of a bill.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 11 Nov 2013, 4:27pm

    Interesting comment considering that south of the border, the Tories were saying it was being rushed and whacked through Parliament when there were more important issues to worry about. Ironically the consultation was the longest in Parliamentary history. It took three years from the first day Cameron announced introduction of the legislation at the party conference in 2010. Those claiming this was a rush job were and are delusional loons.

    I do think Scotland could have enacted it much sooner having been on the radar since 2008 if I’m not mistaken, long before the rest of the UK. Would have been an interesting situation to say the least.

    1. This must be some of the most consulted on legislation ever in the history of the Scottish Parliament, at least before the then Government presented the eventual bill to Parliament for scrutiny. Since then it has proceeded as normal.
      I do feel that the SNP dragged out the pre legislative consultation, but I suppose that has the advantage that the opponents cannot now legitimately contend they did not have an opportunity to put forward their case.
      I still do not understand why it will take up to 12 months to implement when it passes, however?

  3. Does Davidson condemn the evil extremist bigotry of the majority of Tory MPs in Britain who believe that she is a 2nd class citizen?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 11 Nov 2013, 5:29pm

      She won’t. No Tory would, not even Nick Herbert who I have to say did an amazing job slapping down Sir Gerald Howarth in 3rd reading of the Marriage Bill rearding those ‘aggressive gays’. Tories don’t like using the ‘bigot’ label. As long as many of them in opposition to full equality claim they have gay friends, support CPs which in their mindset confer first class citizenship and therefore cannot be bigoted, then nothing will change. A small number of Labour are of the same mindset I might add.

      1. That means that they probably put their own personal religious opinions ahead of their constituents civil and human rights (and other peoples freedom of religion) and are likely to do the same on other matters, a mark of “do not vote for” what ever their party.
        These last few months have degraded the value of “conscience” to an almost meaningless term, in my view. FUBAR

  4. What?! The SNP are not even in charge of the pro-independence campaign. Yes, they got the referendum to take place, but the official Independence campaign is run separately by a cross party group with Dennis Canavan (formerly Labour) at its head.

    And in any event, Ruth Davidson is a hypocrite. She didn’t even want to acknowledge that she was even a lesbian when this was all being discussed during the election campaign and said that civil partnerships were enough. Now she’s suddenly all for this.

  5. I thought it was because we first required a certain loosening of strings to be enacted by Westminster before we could do anything.

    And it should not be a race to see which part of the UK has the first gay marriage. Although it would vaguely be nice to be first. But I don’t really care. People like Ruth don’t see the wider world around us, she is blinkered and sees only the UK and its self-inflated importance.

    Don’t get me wrong I love the rest of the UK and descend from all regions except Wales plus places beyond our shores. But life is not a series of races between Scotland and England. Open your mind Ruth hen.

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