What The Papers Say: Souter faces censure with Section 28 pledge

Religion and homosexuality clashed again in Scotland this week after Stagecoach boss Brian Souter pledged pounds 500,000 to the Scottish School Boards Association’s fight against the repeal of Clause 28.

Religion and homosexuality clashed again in Scotland this week

after Stagecoach boss Brian Souter pledged pounds 500,000 to the

Scottish School Boards Association’s fight against the repeal of Clause

28.



This put churchgoer Souter on a collision course with nearly everyone,

including Scottish Executive minister Wendy Alexander, First Minister

Donald Dewar, the SNP, Liberal Democrats, the NUS, and, inevitably,

Outrage!



His supporters included the Catholic Church, the Tory Party and business

partner Richard Branson who said: ’I’m a great friend of Brian and in a

free society he is entitled to his opinion.’ (Times, 15/01). PR firm

Media House countered claims that it was ’using’ the SBBA to promote

Souter’s views, by accusing the Scottish office of ’pushing a piece of

legislation which is at best politcially motivated and at worst

something else.’ (The Herald, 15/01). Outrage! and the NUS called for a

boycott of Stagecoach, similar to that of the Royal Bank of Scotland

following denunciation last year of Scotland as a ’dark land’ by

evangelist Pat Robertson.



Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. More information can be found

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