Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:30 pm on 3rd March 2008.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour 7:30 pm, 3rd March 2008

No one is suggesting—I am certainly not—that there is no homophobia, if we can use that term. There certainly is and we all deplore it. The problem is that we are proceeding to make it difficult to make any criticism of any minority. Even atheists sometimes, with respect to the right reverend Prelates, are under attack. When I spoke I instanced the Written Question by the noble Lord, Lord Morris of Manchester. Where do we stop in making specific arrangements for various minorities?

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David Wright
Posted on 4 Mar 2008 1:36 pm (Report this annotation)

Question: Where do we stop in making specific arrangements for various minorities?

Answer: Nowhere.

A democracy requires the minority to defer to the majority, who will of course, respect the minority opinion even while it declines to accede to the requests and demands of that minority. Thus the UK is no longer a democracy, if it ever had a proper claim to that description.
Now that this government - following the lead of previous governments - has abdicated its main responsibilities in favour of the EU, it can justify its continued existence by dabbling more and more in matters which should be none of its concern.

Adam Hodge
Posted on 4 Mar 2008 4:49 pm (Report this annotation)

The practise we see nowadays is that these various minorities seem to be extraordinarily militant, expecting everybody to not just acknowledge their point of view but subscribe to it. If, when the majority don't, they then bully the Government into agreeing with their point of view under the pretext of freedom of speech/opinion which they fail to allow others to exercise!!
Perhaps the Press need to get on the bandwagon of this absurd situation and drum the militants into more courteous behaviour.