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 Dearing Lord Dearing Crossbench 7:30 pm, 3rd March 2008

In this Committee, there has been a reasoned, cool discussion of a very difficult issue. I hope that the Government will listen to and reflect carefully on what has been said and that we will not have a Division. I go a long way towards the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Waddington, but not all the way, because it goes a little too far. None of us wants any incitement to hatred of homophobia, nor do we want any bullying or discrimination. But, at the same time, we want the right for reasoned discussion and disagreement about these things. There will be a way to find this balance. When I looked at the noble Lord's amendment, I agreed happily with him that nothing should stand in the way of discussion or reasoned disagreement, but on antipathy I drew back because that is getting too near to incitement. I hope that the Government have listened carefully to what has been said and will reflect on it to see if they can move somewhere near the point put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Waddington.


david skinner
Posted on 28 Mar 2008 12:10 pm (Report this annotation)

I am afraid that I do have antipathy towards homosexuality, incest, paedophilia, polygamy,bestiality and all the rest of it.Why should the silent majority be cowed into believing something that is not true, to be true? What is at stake here is truth itself and Ben Summerskill has already got the machinery of inquisition, nicely oiled and ready to go. Are we really supposed to applaud a transgender man for having a baby? for paedophiles to be given political recognition? (Germany and EU to Legalise Paedophilia)