I don’t suppose it has occurred to Ivan Massow - or Ivan Who? as he
is known outside the confines of London - that most Conservatives feel
only relief that he has defected to Labour. This is not because he is a
homosexual businessman providing financial services for those of his
Tory Party members are immensely tolerant but they do find it a bit off
when the Massows of this world seek to impose their will on others.
And that is exactly what he was seeking to do by arguing that under
William Hague the Tories have become ’less compassionate, more
intolerant and, frankly, just plain nasty’ for resolutely opposing the
repeal of S28 banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools. Those
who stand up for S28 are not persecuting homosexuals. They are simply
saying homosexuals should not impose themselves on children.
So Mr Massow has joined the party which, for reasons best known to Mr
Blair (who cannot believe anyone would think that he is against the
family) insists on making our schools a sexual-preference battleground.
Ironically, he was embraced by Labour just as those nauseating friends
of Chancellor Gordon Brown were congratulating him (and no doubt
themselves) on ’a good career move’ on marrying his long-time PR
girlfriend, Sarah Macaulay.
It hardly seems to add up - a party with homosexual appeal apparently
believing that a politician’s chances of getting to No 10 are enhanced
by being married to a girl.
It is true that, mostly for the better, all bar one of our post-war
Prime Ministers have been married. But Ted Heath made it to No 10 in
1970 without going near the altar. And there is no reason why Gordon
Brown should not have got there as a single chap - unless our so-called
liberal society has become less tolerant over the past 30 years. Judging
by the look of her, I imagine the former Miss Macaulay will be a real
asset to the Chancellor.
She knows what life, business and hard work are about. And her PR
expertise should help him to get his presentation more rather than less
But what both of them will require, more than anything else, over the
immediate future are a sense of humour and an ability to keep things in
proportion. They have my sympathies and best wishes as the press wills
them to have a baby, sets them in competition with the Blairs and
analyses their wardrobes and actions for evidence of overweening
ambition. It should not happen to a dog. But it will. And the Browns
should recognise now that the ultimate arbiter of where they get to
together will be Lady Luck.
Prudence will be of no use to him whatsoever. He comprehensively ditched
her before his nuptials with another pounds 43 billion spending spree.
That, not Sarah, will probably decide his fate.