A month or two back, Norman Tebbit asked:
Just what is it that is so pressing about homosexual “marriage” that it takes precedence in the mind of Mr Cameron over Europe, immigration, airports or energy. We know that neither the Cabinet, the Conservative Party, nor the people are desperately anxious to for it.
The answer was supplied by EUreferendum today. And it is that in 2010 the UK signed up to an EU solemn international treaty that requires parties to permit same-sex marriage. In the UK’s case, the deadline was June 2013.
And that is the real reason as to why Mr Cameron has invested so much political capital in the cause of “gay marriage”. Although we have not ratified Protocol 12, we have accepted unconditionally Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5, and undertaken to implement it by June 2013.
Having made that commitment for the Chairmanship of the CoE, Mr Cameron has no choice but to see it through. In June, there is another Committee of Ministers to consider a report on the implementation of the Recommendation, when he is to be called to account for his earlier commitment.
Mr Cameron has no intention of disappointing his LGBT colleagues in Europe. Being the good European that he is, he will do what it takes to get his Bill through Westminister.
Today in Parliament, David Cameron didn’t even bother to show up for the debate. Nor did any other senior Conservatives, even though the matter deeply divides the Conservative party.
What’s perfectly clear is that Cameron regards his primary duty and loyalty as being to the EU rather than the British parliament and people. The EU wanted this done, and Cameron did it, and displayed utter contempt for parliament in the process.
I think the name for someone who puts the interests of a foreign country (such as the EU) above those of his own country is: traitor.
It doesn’t really matter that this was a vote about gay marriage. It could have been a vote about anything. And Rose reminded us today that it was in November 2004 that a similar solemn and binding treaty was entered into when Britain signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. That also required Britain to implement its terms within a timescale. And this too was done.
What matters is the way it was done. And it’s how our ‘democracy’ works these days. Some shady little treaty is signed, unannounced, which upturns ancient custom and morality. And then it’s rammed through parliament into law, after a perfunctory debate.
I don’t know whether the eurocrats who are doing this really believe that they can redefine an entire culture from the top down, simply by changing the laws, and redefining words like ‘marriage’ to be whatever they want them to mean.
For myself, I think it’s a ridiculous idea. And anyone who tries to do it is doomed to fail, particularly when they set out to redefine more or less everything at the same time. Nothing can more surely create resistance, and set people against government.
The worst of it, in many ways, is that whatever all these draconian new laws, and inverted new values, and nonsensical new meanings of words may be, one can be quite sure that they will all be thoroughly hated and despised. And in the case of gay marriage, this puts at risk all the perfectly reasonable (in my view) steps taken up to now to end the persecution and exclusion and demonisation of homosexuals. But now, when the moral backlash gets under way (as it inevitably will), homosexuals are likely to lose everything they have gained over the past 50 years. And that would be a great shame.
I’ve heard people like Blair and Brown and others described as traitors before. Today was the first time that, with a heavy heart, I also saw them as traitors. They’re all men who betrayed their country. And, quite frankly, I really don’t know why they did it. Money? Idealism?
So perhaps it’s apposite that it was announced yesterday that the bones of King Richard III of England had been found, after having gone missing for 500 years. He died in battle at Bosworth in 1485 (I passed by the battlefield last summer, for the first time ever):
Nothing has changed. There are as many traitors around now as there were back then.
Wait, I hear you ask: Well, did MPs vote through gay marriage, as required by the EU treaty? Of course they did.