Cameron was under severe pressure. Whatever the merits, there was no public mandate for the gay marriage bill and certainly no Conservative grassroots consultancy, or go-ahead. But Ed Miliband stepped into the breach and saved the day!
Why? Because the Labour Opposition DON’T want to be in government YET! They want the Tories to take all the hit on austerity measures and David Cameron to remain as their Leader at the next general election, which gives them the best chance of a victory and a majority, because Mr Cameron has a very low popularity rating.
The most ridiculous thing about the UK’s England & Wales ‘Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is that apparently it confers no extra benefits to gay couples, legal or otherwise. It is said to be about equality, but the Civil Partnership Act 2004 already provides the same rights and responsibilities as in heterosexual marriage (it encompasses the equivalent legal consequences of marriage including children, social security, pension, property, tenancy, ending of, et al,). Why did Labour introduce that bill and why was it passed by Parliament with the support from Tories and LibDem parties? To give equivalent rights to gay couples and that had massive support in the Country. What has changed in the past decade to make it unequal?
Why has the government created a divisive society unnecessarily, and to what end? What is equal now about this controversial new gay marriage bill that doesn’t require religious organisations to perform such same sex marriages, or even more bizarrely the Church of England and Wales are barred from carrying out same sex marriages! What kind of logic is that?
How much money has been spent on all of this (£billions)? The review now committed by the government (just to get the new Act through) of the future of civil partnership is said be going to cost an extra £4billion! The 2004 bill may or may not then be applied to opposite sex couples as well as gay couples, or might even more peculiarly be scrapped entirely (more likely)!
So for goodness sake what is that all about? Is this all cost ‘affordable’ in the current economic climate? How will this legislation help the UK economy? How will this increase the growth figures? How can parliament spend all this time and effort on it?
It has taken many hundreds of years (and associated legal disputes!) to get to a position of defining marriage in this Country, and now this new same sex bill simply opens Pandora’s Box. Nobody knows the consequences. Nobody knows what flaws there are in the legislation (and the indication is that there will be many) and what the consequences will be to our society?
The lawyers will be rubbing their hands with glee – here is another massive pay line in the offing (you can bet that much of it will be on the Legal Aid account as well).
Labour doesn’t care for the people of this Country as much as they claim, and they shed crocodile tears about the impact of cuts on ordinary people – they are simply another contemptuous bunch of self centred politicians feathering their own nest.