Talk by Angela Mason, Director of Stonewall
I do not know whether a relatively small band of Conservative peers will overturn the clear majority that will undoubtedly vote for repeal in the House of Commons but, whatever the outcome of the debates, the purpose of Section 28 – to exclude lesbians and gay men from public life – and discourse has been remarkably unsuccessful. It is sometimes hard to believe that more and more people will come tumbling out of the closet, but out they still come. There are thriving lesbian and gay communities in all our major cities, transforming the parts that urban regeneration simply couldn’t reach. Many institutions, the police, the trade unions, and increasingly the corporate sector recognise the discrimination that we have faced and the ethics of our case for rights and recognition.
Gary Streeter MP is Shadow International Affairs Spokesperson
My question was anticipated 2000 years ago and in reply the person we now know as the Good Samaritan sprang into literary life. The story is well known to us all. That parable teaches that our neighbour is whoever we come across in need - and that our duty to that person should be discharged to the best of our ability.
Lecture to the Westminster Ethical Policy Forum by Perri 6
“Not what they want, but what is good for them”. The statue of the man whose words those are, stands just in the next street from here – in front of the Palace of Westminster. Somehow, one has no difficulty in imagining Oliver Cromwell thumping the table and insisting on the right of the government to do good to the unwilling and undeserving.
Lecture by the Rt Rev Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford
New Labour has made ethics a central feature of its approach to Government. It has sought to provide an “ethical foreign policy” and it wants to set the market within a wider political framework of social justice. It is also well known that a number of influential members of the Cabinet have long been members of the Christian Socialist Movement, including the Prime Minister himself.
Talk given by Professor Bob Holman
The Labour party in opposition criticised the Conservative government for ignoring the poor. Tony Blair promised that his one-nation politics would entail empowering the poor and creating ‘a fair and inclusive society’. Since its election success New Labour ministers have promised to listen to what service users want. So much for the rhetoric. What of the reality?