Friday, June 13, 2008

Civil Partnership = No Blogging

Blogging will be light to non existent over the weekend. I hope you think my reason is a worthy one.

On Sunday, I am getting "civil partnered" to my partner of thirteen years, John Simmons. Even though it's not exactly on the Colleen McLoughlin-Wayne Rooney scale there's quite a bit of preparation to do.

I'll be back on Monday or Tuesday.

PS Where has that damned helicopter got to? Portofino awaits...

280 comments:

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Ellee Seymour said...

And warm wishes to you both from me.

Anonymous said...

So who's going to carry whom over the threshold?

Miss Wagstaff said...

All the best to you both, for the weekend and the future.

Anonymous said...

do tell us about your stag do/hen night ?

Andrew Allison said...

Have a great day the both of you. I will keep you updated on all the things that are happening in Haltemprice and Howden!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Iain and John.

Do I think this is a good excuse for not blogging? Hell no! Perhaps you should be blogging that! (Only joking)

Have a great time.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Iain and John. I'm delighted to see that you are making a commitment which, actually, you already had to each other anyway.

My very best wishes to you both.

Grendel said...

Congratulations to you both. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10.18 said

No one can blame Iain and John for helping themselves to the massive tax perks made available to them by a chancellor who otherwise taxed whatever he could get away with. But the rest of us would do well to ask what national interest justifies this.

That has to be one of the most mean spirited comments ever made on this forum.

David Anthony said...

Anon 10:18

Oh my God, what's wrong with you? Are you serious?

Some people...

Have a good weekend Iain.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Iain

Anonymous said...

Iain,

Many congratulations to John and you.

Have fun this weekend and long life and hapiness thereafter.

Yours,


Phil Taylor

William Gruff said...

Good luck and best wishes to you both.

Anonymous said...

Nothing personal Iain but I can't share the unalloyed pleasure of your fellow bloggers. I just don't believe in Civil Partnerships as a concept - bad piece of legislation. However, I wish you well and hope you have a very happy life.

regards

Roger (have a problem with posting anything which isn't anonymous)

Alwyn ap Huw said...

Llongyfarchiadau Iain - all the best to you and John

Anonymous said...

The absolute best to you both!

Anonymous said...

May you have many congratulations now and many good years ahead! My very best to you and John.

Anonymous said...

Iain congrats on you civil partnership, That is wonderful news.

Have a great day and all the best for the future!

Anonymous said...

Good for you both. Enjoy.

Steve_Roberts said...

Every best wish. Let's hope you don't miss anything commentworthy - D'oh

Never mind

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans said...

Iain and John
Llongyfarchiadau a pob dymuniad da am y dyfodol
Congratulations and best wishes for the future

niconoclast said...

Portofino? Portaloo more like with what you guys are up to.Sorry but there are some things that are just Plain Wrong.This is one of them.This is just not Conservative behaviour.Bring back Claws 28(just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Closet)

Curbishly said...

Congratulations and best wishes.

Rev Paul Martin said...

Congratulations.

I hope you and John have a great day and a wonderful life together.

Paul

wonkotsane said...

I don't particularly agree with civil partnerships either but if that's what Iain wants and what will make him happy then good luck to him. Can your criticism not wait until after what is supposed to be his happiest day? FFS, just give the guy a break.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Iain!

OT What a pathetic hypocritical rag the Sun is, and what a snivelling little turd Kelvin Mackenzie is. They both claim to speak for traditional British values and slag off the state Britain has come to under Labour but they are now taking on one man, Davis, who is ready to fight back against all that has gone wrong in our country.

The Sun and it's stooge Mackenzie are slimy hypocrites who are doing Bottler Brown's dirty work for them.

I hope all Sun readers realise this and boycott the paper until it changes it's stance.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it fitting that even though your site is (deservedly) growing in popularity and even with the extraordinary stories of this week, the most numerous comments have been to wish you congratulations. I'm happy to add to that number.

Anonymous said...


No one can blame Iain and John for helping themselves to the massive tax perks made available to them by a chancellor who otherwise taxed whatever he could get away with. But the rest of us would do well to ask what national interest justifies this.

Historically marriage has received fiscal support because the state recognises its vital interest in the resultant natality. Homosexual unions lack this, so why should they receive fiscal benefits?


Oh do go away. Even if you ignore the intolerance and consider the argument of the state levying taxes based on the production of children, then this has no bearing on current government policy which redsitributes through family tax credits. In fact, sharing a household is sustainable and tax efficient in any case - one bin to empty, one connection to the utilities network, one heating bill etc...it should definitely be encouraged.

Civil partnership allows a couple to make a public legal commitment to partnership, with dignity and respect. I know one person who has tied the knot in this way and it made her and her partner and their families very happy indeed.

I'm married so have no direct personal interest in this issue, but I remember growing up when "gay" was the ultimate schoolyard insult, and I feel a great deal of sympathy for those who had to put up with it and suppress their identities - goodness knows what torment it may have caused some people. I have two daughters and if either of them chose to have a civil partnership or a marriage, I would be equally proud and delighted.

Graeme Archer said...

Congratulations, see how many are so happy for you both! What great news - have a brilliant married life together.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I hope the weather stays fine for your big day.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic
Have a great day
Warmest greetings to both

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Congratulations and best wishes.

Just hope the piccies sell well as well as those of fringe royals and footy types seem to.

Enjoy the day, but don't overdo the bubbly: the world needs the Dale viewpoint, despite its partiality, prejudice, pomposities and perplexities. I see you as a good man fallen among Tories.

Note: this email comes courtesy of free wi-fi access in a Nottingham pub. E&OE: but didn't the Oirish do well?

Anonymous said...

Congrats and Best Wishes.

Save me some cake.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Re David Davis fund raising

1) Email address “conservative@haltemprice.karoo.co.uk”
2) Cheques to “H&H CA fighting fund”
3) Address “Haltemprice & Howden Conservatives at 32, Main Street, Willerby, Hull. HU10 6BU”
4) Campaign website will be up on Monday.

alistair j said...

Congratulations to Iain and John and my very best wishes for a long and happy life together.

Beaman said...

Congratulations Ian. My very best wishes to you both.

Anonymous said...

Wishing you both the best.

Nick Cranston said...

Iain thats amazing. And you've still found time to post up this week, I'm impressed! Have a great day and don't worry about getting back too quickly...enjoy yourself goddamit!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Iain and John. Hope you have many more happy years together

Nick

Anonymous said...

Iain and John - brilliant! Congratulations! Have a lovely ceremony, best only, Damian Merciar

Big Mikey said...

Congratulations Mr. Dale.

Have a great day and I wish you all the best for the future.

Mikey

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Mazeltov

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I hope you are able to sit down ok tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. All the best to you both.

Anonymous said...

Good guys deserve the best, but it's always surprising to see it actually happening.

So, Huzzah!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! What about a honeymoon though - surely you shouldn't be back blogging so soon?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both from across the political divide.

Tip: avoid Anthea Turner chocolate tie-ins

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations to you both - I wish you many blessings in the years ahead.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations man!!

BOF2BS said...

Many congratulations - enjoy today & your future together.

Paul Burgin said...

All the best, I hope today will bring great blessings

Paddy Briggs said...

Iain

All the very best to you both.

Paddy

Kerron said...

Many congratulations to you and John. :-)

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

All the best to Iain and John from the No Minister blog in New Zealand

Enjoy your break from blogging and have a great, long and happy life together.

Anonymous said...

congrats.

then back to work outing the new labour elite

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and every happiness Iain and John. I have what many say is the finest location for a holiday home anywhere in UK....a cottage with its own bay on Isle of Skye where you sit in the observation room watching otters and bird life on the shore and dolphins in the Sound of Sleat. If you want it for a few days to "honeymoon" it is yours with my compliments. A mere soupcon after all the pleasure your blogging gives.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both, Mr D.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Iain!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Darling!

Maverick Muezzin said...

Congrats! Nice to see romance is still alive.

lilith said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Huge congratulations to you both, I wish you every happiness and many, many years to enjoy it. :)

Stu said...

Congratulations, Iain & John.

I put a post up for you on my blog :-) and I wish you all happiness etc.

Anonymous said...

Belated congratulations Gentlemen. I hope you both enjoy many more happy years together.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Iain and John! But on Monday, we need to consider the kind of mass action required to support DD. Already some liberty minded Labour types have pledged support. We need to take to the streets.

Yorkshire blue said...

Delighted to see the joyful sentiments of vast majority of bloggers & join in congrats & wishing you both all the best for the future.

Stephen Morris said...

Well done! I hope you have some well deserved time to yourselves.

I wish you both the best and hope you have better things to do than read this!

Unknown said...

Congratulations and Best Wishes.

janestheone said...

every happiness to both of you, belatedly (am in northern Latvia, don't ask) - it was my 10-minute rule bill that kicked off the civil partnerships legislation

Anonymous said...

Yawn...

Anonymous said...

Congrate Iain.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Iain will return revitalised to take on this massive attack on probity by the French in trying to ignore Eire's NO vote.

Anonymous said...

What lovely news - I hope you and John had a super day yesterday. But shhh! Don't tell the old farts in the Church of England! Apparently they frown on people enjoying themselves! Something to do with them not living in the 21st Century. Mind you having read the bible I still can't find the bit where these old bigots refer to!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Congratulations! Is Donal Blaney boycotting?

June 13, 2008 5:10 PM

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Apparently not:

http://donalblaney.blogspot.com/2008/06/congratulations-to-iain-dale-and-john.html

Anonymous said...

"In fact, sharing a household is sustainable and tax efficient in any case - one bin to empty, one connection to the utilities network, one heating bill etc...it should definitely be encouraged."

Positively eco-friendly.
Vote Green- Go Gay!

Many Gongrats.
Al.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Congratulations! Is Donal Blaney boycotting?

June 13, 2008 5:10 PM

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Apparently not:

http://donalblaney.blogspot.com/2008/06/congratulations-to-iain-dale-and-john.html

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at June 13, 2008 10:18 PM -
I think I speak for all when I say B****R OFF.

Guy Levin said...

Congrats!

Menelaus said...

Iain and John, congratulations on your very special day. The weather appears to have held out for you and I wish you a long and happy life together.

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