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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You have been warned. Again.

So many warnings the mean gays have given: war, famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, hurricane, the housing bubble of 2007-08. All ignored.

Now, we learn from a UK trash tabloid, the mean gays are flexing some serious muscle:

Gay marriage and a bitter Brexit divorce

Margaret Thatcher's official biographer, Charles Moore, has produced a dismissive epitaph for the Prime Minister’s political legacy.

As a result of losing last week’s EU referendum, says Moore, David Cameron ‘has to be content with little more than gay marriage as his legacy’.

In fact these apparently unrelated matters are inextricably linked.

I would go further: if it were not for David Cameron’s decision to legalise marriage between people of the same sex — a measure I supported — Britain would not now be on her way out of the EU.

It is now largely forgotten, but Cameron’s insistence on pushing through a Bill to legalise gay marriage — which eventually passed in 2013 — caused consternation within the Conservative Party.

The proposal, which had not been in the Tories’ 2010 election manifesto, was vehemently opposed by about half of his parliamentary party — who happened also to be the most Eurosceptic — and appalled countless members of local Conservative associations.

This was seized on by Nigel Farage. I had lunch with Ukip’s leader at that time and I recall two things above all from it.

First, how disgusted he was that I did not want to have a drink before sitting down; and second, how gleeful he was at the way the gay marriage row was sending shire Tories in droves to switch to Ukip membership.

Though Farage himself is a libertarian, and definitely no moralist, he exploited this to the full.

Remarkably, Cameron had been completely taken aback by the reaction of party members.
The Lib Dem Education Minister in the Coalition, David Laws, recorded in his diary that Cameron exclaimed: ‘Gay marriage has been a disaster. It has totally split my party.’

And the PM confided it had been ‘a big mistake to upset the Tory base’.

So how was he to win back their affections — or at least prevent more mass defection to Ukip? By offering the one thing he thought would ‘shoot Ukip’s fox’ — an in-or-out referendum on our EU membership.

And indeed, Laws’ diary later quotes Cameron saying to Nick Clegg, when the then Deputy PM questioned the sense of risking such a vote: ‘You may be right, Nick, but what can I do? My backbenchers are fantastically Eurosceptic and I’ve got Ukip breathing down my neck.’

Well, the referendum pledge, made in January 2013, probably did appease the local Conservative associations, which were overwhelmingly hostile to EU membership.

And it meant Cameron was fighting the right of his parliamentary party on only one front, that of the Equal Marriage Bill (which duly passed the Commons in May 2013, despite 133 Tory MPs voting against).

In his emotional address outside No 10 on Friday, the PM duly singled out that achievement as one of those of which he was proudest.

But I wonder, even as he said that, whether he was thinking: ‘If it hadn’t been for gay marriage, I would not now be facing this ruination.’

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