A pretty good article from BBC News about the Tories changing their attitude to homosexuality. Now,...

posted 25 January 2002
A pretty good article from BBC News about the Tories changing their attitude to homosexuality. Now, I'm obviously all for the party dropping the gays-are-evil stance, but I wonder what effect this will have. Will the Tories gain more voters than they lose this way? Undoubtedly some people will leave over this: where will they go? Disturbingly, the answer is contained in the article itself in a quote from Steven Norris (former party vice-chairman, apparently): "Apart from the British National Party, I don't think there is a party that is excitable about people's personal sexuality." Maybe we need the Tories to keep losing by hanging on to their right-wing stances, if only to make sure that people who have scarily right-wing ideas never become members of a party that can win.
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