OPINION: Massow sides with Labour’s convention

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 sexual orientation.

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

sexual orientation.



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

right.



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.



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