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Former Europe minister: David Cameron should not travel to Sochi because of Putin’s ‘gay-bashing’ policies

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2013, 2:20pm

    There’s no way Cameron won’t go even if all the other leaders of the EU boycotted the event. The only way would be if his party backed a move, but that’s not going to happen. I’m sure there are many on the back benches who want him to go.

  2. I think you actually need a spine to boycott, Dave is clearly spineless.

  3. Cameron not go to Sochi!!! We’ve more chance plaiting fog. I’d love to be wrong but I can’t see it myself.

  4. If Cameron still goes to Sochi when the leaders of France and Germany are not – what does that make our Prime Minister? He’s done a lot for gay equality. He should continue that laudable effort by refusing to endorse Putin’s disgusting regime and it’s vile homophobia.

    1. I mostly agree with this, apart from ‘He’s done a lot for gay equality.’ He’s legislated for same sex marriage (largely cosmetic as Civil Partnerships – which the Tories opposed – were already in place) but what else? He leads a party which has always fought against gay rights, and has appointed several outspoken homophobes to senior positions in his cabinet albeit that they have learned to bite their tongues.

  5. I look forward to seeing how national treasure Clare Balding reports on events from Russia, seeing as how she found reporting on events from a Scottish golf club that didn’t permit lady members so unpalatable.

  6. Colin (Queenstown/London) 17 Dec 2013, 9:02pm

    I very much hope he does not go. He does not need to say anything just not go. I hope no politician goes.

  7. GulliverUK 18 Dec 2013, 6:36am

    Obama isn’t going now either, so it’s much easier for Cameron to tell Putin to stuff his invitation – give it a week, to make it look like the decision isn’t related, then David will be able to find some excuse to get out of going.

  8. Frank Boulton 18 Dec 2013, 8:09am

    It would be wonderful to see high-ranking officials from other countries apart from Luxembourg, Germany, France and the US boycotting the games in order to send a clear message of disapproval to Putin. It enables democratic nations to express their disapproval, while still sending to the games teams of athletes, who can show their support for LGBTI Russians.

    Unfortunately, I think that Putin and his henchmen will just use such protests to show Russia that they are even greater heroes for being the only government to use their “moral strength” to make a stand against “Western decadence”.

  9. Speaking of Call-Me-Dave, are people aware that perhaps we ought to be calling him “Call-Me-Cath”? Yes, the Huffington Post has pointed out that he bears a remarkable resemblance to Catherine the Great of Russia!

    See the portrait of Catherine the Great at:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/17/david-cameron-catherine-russia_n_4458313.html

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