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I've always been pretty cynical about this debate. It comes around every 3 years or so, a bunch of religionist MPs have a photo-call and say how utterly awful it is. then one of them makes a mistake and gets a senior catholic/druid/absolute out-there loonie to endorse their position and it reminds all the voters what drives this.

then MPs start getting told, very firmly, that supporting this is career suicide, ie the voters will kick an MP out if this goes through and they voted for it. And it all dies in committee.

the is a government changing issue in Britain. nobody minds voodoo-worshipping nutters like Widdecombe or Alton so long as they don't inflict it on anybody else. The moment they do, a government will fall. We know it, they know it. There is absolutely no tolerance in the country for this crap. It's one of the few things I remain confident about in the UK.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 03:47:02 PM EST

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