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Tory MP Peter Bone: There was ‘no point’ in pressing ahead with my same-sex marriage referendum

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  1. Jock S. Trap 25 Nov 2013, 11:53am

    Loser!! Plain and simple!

  2. Yet right. The Tories have finally woken up to the fact that divided parties or appealing to the far right or far left don’t win uk elections. Certainly not since the Second World War. Therefore Mr Bone’s move should be viewed through the prism of tactics and nothing else. In terms of parliamentary procedure his bill was unlikely to he read this Friday anyway as the Eu referendum bill will likely take up the whole session. Thus with only 3 days debating time for private bills in the new year and having to get through every stage in the commons and lords and back to the commons – it was always dead. I’m not taken in by the “reasonal rationale biggot’ act. Anyway I thought the c4m was going to deploy an army of over 600,000 supporters to sway the next election. Considering we’re the gay ones – the other side seems to have the monopoly on cocks!

  3. When are these vile Tory bigots going to get it into their ‘Bone’ heads that this is about EQUALITY? ‘Marriage’ is not the exclusive right of religion. It is a CIVIL contract which religion has hijacked with its silly mumbo-jumbo. If men and women also want to go through an arcane religious ceremony, let them. But why is extending that right of a CIVIL contract to a gay couple and calling it the same thing some sort of problem? Why are they so frothed up about the use of a word? It’s pathetic, childish and shows-up the Old Guard Tories as the mindless, brainwashed, stuck-in-the-past bigots we’ve always known them to be.

  4. Peter Bone is an evil extremist bigot.

    Just like tha majority of the scumbags who are Tory MPs.

    We must do everything possible to ensure that neo-fascists like Bone lose their seats at the next election.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 12:45pm

      It’s going to be hard where they are in safe constituencies. That’s why many of them get away with their vile rhetoric.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 12:44pm

    This is more to do with not making a fool of himself and not getting much support had it gone ahead this coming Friday. The man is a buffoon already and made a jack ass of himself during the debate. As for his manifesto crap, there was nothing in it about NHS reform either, a far bigger problem than legislating for equal marriage. Helen Grant was right to point out the Contract for Equalities having mentioned it so it was no secret of what was on the agenda in 2010.

    Only yesterday, I was gob-smacked by Iain Dale’s tweet that people such as Sir Geral Howarth and others in the Tory party have mellowed somewhat regarding LGBT issues. How wrong he is. I told him to get hold of Nick Herbert’s brilliant slap-down of Howarth during third reading of the bill to see just how ‘unmellow’ he still is. Vile man.

    1. What planet is Iain Dale living on? Only in comparison to the DUP politicians could Howarth and Bone be described as ‘mellow’ and only by a small amount. They all are Parliament’s dinosaurs but unfortunately as many of them are in safe seats and MPs in such seats tend to serve until there nearly 80 years old (sometimes older) we’ll have to suffer them for much longer.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 5:54pm

        Yes, J that’s the stark reality. They’re going to be with us for some time to come. Attrition doesn’t happen instantly. It would take a major Tory blunder before 2015 to boot some of them out in safe constituencies.

  6. Tactics, tactics. If the Tories stay where they are – they lose – as the swivel eyed vote will go to UKIP in enough numbers to create a Labour government. If the Tories move to the right – they lose as they’ll bleed support from the middle. This is just a cynical ploy to be all things to all people. If and when they win a Tory majority – then the nasty party will resurface. These Christian believers like Gerald Howarth who consults for a dreadful payday loans company, Mr Bone who pays his wife over £40k a year as his secretary and Nadine whatever her name is who employs both her daughters at the tax payers expense. Vile nasty people.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 1:19pm

    He needs to explain just what it is when he says that opponents will wait and see what happens once gay couples start marrying in 2014. Exactly what are they expecting? Five minute marriages and mass divorce proceedings the day after? Gay couples filing lawsuits against the CoE, although there is that couple who plan on doing just that? Exactly what the Bonehead followers are hoping for and they’ll all say in unison, ‘see, we told you what would happen if gay couples are allowed to marry’ nonsense.

    It reminds me of that other loon, Lord Dear who in a wrecking amendment wanted regular reports on the number of gay couples marrying to justify passage of the law.

    1. It’s desperate loser’s talk, isn’t it, Robert. Along the lines of: “Ah, well, you go ahead with it, but you mark my words this is going to end in trouble!” It implies that the speaker has some kind of special secret knowledge.

      The truth is Bone has got no such secret knowledge about “what’s going to happen”! All Bone’s got now is a miniscule amount of credibility.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 5:57pm

        Totally agree with that, Eddy. He made a spectacle of himself at all three stages of the bill. It would be equally embarrassing for other opponents to be seen supporting such a foolhardy measure. The man is a natural buffoon!

    2. He must be expecting the Tories to lose the next election, but if they do it won’t be due to equal marriage, it’ll be the result of Gideon Osborne’s Chancellorship. However, no doubt Bone will blame it on “the gays”.

  8. So, there is no point in pushing for a marriage referendum now, but there was a point in pushing for it for the past several months? Besides the inevitable parliamentary asre-kicking the bill would have received on the 29th (to be kept on Parliamentary record, like forever) I wonder what inspired the sudden change.
    Looks to me like he is trying to avoid the humiliation of having his name next to the first ever 650-0 vote in the Commons. They should go ahead with this bill for that very reason, and put this stupid grinning politician in his place.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 4:09pm

      I’d like to know who the other signatories were to his EDM back in June. I wouldn’t say if it had been defeated in second reading that it would have garnered 650-0 votes against it. There would be abstentions and a few bold-faced ‘yes’ votes I think from the likes of Burrowes, Gale, Dorries, David T.C. Davies, Drax and definitely Howarth.

  9. Spineless weasel. Dont claim it was a legal or non manifesto issue your voting record on equalities sayd all we need to know about you.

  10. I am always astounded when he keeps bleating on about the Equal Marriage Bill not being in the 2010 manifesto. If I recall, it may not have been in the manifesto on its own but I am pretty sure that it was part of their equalities pledge, can someone help here?

    There is a lot that this government have done that was not in their election manifesto. I don’t recall them mentioning tuition fee increases of the Bedroom Tax prior to the election did they?

    Bone is a sad old loser who has no place in modern politics and the sooner he is ousted, the better

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 6:02pm

      It was most definitely in the Equalities Contract released simultaneously with the Manifesto. Loons like him need to be reminded that not everything passed in the Commons appeared in a manifesto. It’s a very lame argument and his lot were doing nothing but clutching at straws to curry favour with their equally bigoted constituents.

  11. his “type” will all die off soon enough …along with their idiotic ideology!
    http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-black-plague.html

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 Nov 2013, 6:03pm

      The problem with that is even if they do die off, they can sometimes be replaced with a younger version of identical ideology if it happens to be a safe constituency.

  12. I think I lost count of the number of politicians and journalists who claimed to have nothing against equal marriage but questioned why it was being done because it wasn’t in the manifesto/was being rushed through/there were other more important matters for the government to concentrate on.

    I remember seeing tabloid journalist Jane Moore (Amanda Platell’s bezzie mate) on the Sky news papers review saying she had nothing against gay people but she felt it was being rushed through. The disgusted look on her sour, screwed up face told me what she really thought.

    Anyone who questioned it in this way is a homophobe, it’s that simple. And that includes Peter Bone. They’ve lost and they’ll forever be rembered as homophobes.

  13. A referendum, even if approved by parliament (unlikely), would have cost thousands if not millions of pounds only to produce an even bigger majority in favour of equal marriage than in the Commons or the Lord’s. Withdrawing it has spared Bone humiliation and saved the taxpayer money, nothing more.

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