Sometimes I get the odd spiteful comment, from I suppose brainwashed idiots within the Labour Party, who like football supporters have a blind faith, that their team are automatically best.
Me I like to be objective, back in 2006 when Labour were in power, they took an opportunity to do something about forced marriage, which after consideration and consultation, they then decided that despite it being wrong, with no excuse, they'd pretty much, do nothing, a press release at the time carried these words "In the future, we will continue to provide information and assistance both to potential victims and to concerned professionals who are confronted by this abuse." cold comfort to victims, without even the thought that one day, their abusers might themselves be punished.
Labour shamefully, rather than upset communities, which routinely abuse women, took a cynical view, why upset potential voters, they came up with waffle, about driving this crime underground, I suppose we can only be thankful that Labour didn't repeal laws on murder, rape, kidnap, and slavery because it also drives the perpetrators underground.
So well done to David Cameron announcing, that forced marriage is to become a criminal offence, we shouldn't have to form our laws in this country, on whether it offends small migrant communities, this country is diverse, but often I wonder about the millions, who've chosen to live here, what if any information are people given about the British culture, of equality fairness and tolerance.
The thought recently occurred to me, whenever I turn up to a new job/project and this is the norm, before you start work, you're given a briefing on the work site, much of which is about safety, environmental issues, welfare facilities and of course rules on conduct, reporting incidents, parking whatever, some of these inductions can go on for hours, often involving a test and always a signed acknowledgement, however when you come through boarder control, into the UK nobody hands you so much as a leaflet on what is acceptable and not.
No doubt the typical lefty Muppets will accuse me of being a right wing nut, but imagine the relief of someone being sent to this country in such an arrangement (probably a rare occurrence), to know that this country respects, individuals rights, over and above that of community "heritage" dogma.
Labour talks the talk but rarely walks the walk, we've seen here in the last week councillor makes homophobic comments and Labour suspend phobic for one month, during which little council business is scheduled, incidentally the same councillor bought the council in to disrepute as I understand with his offensive references to women. Any claim that Labour have to upholding values of equality and fairness is I'm afraid hot air, when votes count nationally or here in Thanet, there are no depths to which they'll not sink.
This move by the coalition government is something, Tory and Libdem can be proud of, six years ago Labour could have done something but didn't they should hold their heads in shame but blind faith and buying votes will I'm afraid keep them going.
This is a topic I've previously mentioned click here and it should throw up this and previous postings on the subject.