“The Minister relied, as Ministers of course do, on the assertion of the Government’s new religion, which is discrimination: anything that is discriminatory is to be resisted, if not completely rejected. Her case is completely destroyed. Of course the law of blasphemy is discriminatory—but then, as was pointed out to her, so is the fact that the Church of England is the established Church. That discriminates against everybody else. It is a discrimination that unless one is a member of the House of Hanover, now the House of Windsor, one cannot ascend to the throne. That discriminates against every Eagle, every Smith, every Howarth in the land. Discrimination is there; it is in our midst. We are discriminating every day of our lives; we discriminate when we go to the shops. The idea that the Government should somehow rest their case on discrimination is a mistake and indicates that they are going down the wrong track.You can read the whole speech HERE. Now that the newspapers ignore parliamentary proceedings please feel free to let me know of any remarkable speeches in Parliament and I will do my best to highlight them.
Friday, May 09, 2008
In Praise of Discrimination
Now there's a headline I never thought I would write. This is from Gerald Howarth's speech during Tuesday's House of Comons debate on the blasphemy law...