In Support of Soubry; No, really!

I’m often accused of barking on about Soubry too much. A fair point, perhaps, but she is our elected representative and there are few other places for your casual Soubry-watcher to get info from. Now she’s stropped off from The Beeston Express we’re denied a horse’s-mouth insight into her work, although I have been reinstated back onto her mailing list, as have a few others who reported they’d been kicked off.

Now, I’m not a total Soobzaphobe. I disagree with the way she is using Broxtowe as a career stepping-stone, rather than a chance to serve the public good; I disagree with a lot of the things her party stand for and the callous way they’re carrying out their plutocratic plans, but occasionally, just occasionally we find common ground and I am obliged to give her a cap-doff.

So it is with her views on gay-marriage. She is stridently for this policy, and I salute that. I’m not quite sure what the objection is to be honest. It also is odd that those who believe the state should get out of our personal lives – Tories in this country, Republicans (particularly tea-baggers) in the US – become particularly fascinated with the most intimate details of our personal lives when it involves sujects such as homosexuality and abortion.

This simple infographic has been doing the rounds on the internet for a few months, and handily dissects the argument:


Anna seems to have had some objection to her stance though, and as such is holding a meeting tonight at Clarkes Lane Methodist Church, Chilwell to discuss her stance. If you wish to attend, it kicks off at 7.30pm and should run for around an hour. I urge you to go, and – yes, that noise is Hell freezing over- support Anna and her stance on this bizarrely controversial subject. The bill is before the Commons on Monday.



5 thoughts on “In Support of Soubry; No, really!

  1. tamar says:

    Hear hear! I’ve often wondered about the weird paradox that is ‘conservative’ thinking on state’s involvement/lack of in our private lives.

    Now, if you’d be a dear and change that ‘z’ in “civilised” to an ‘s’…

  2. Nick Palmer says:

    Absolutely. I agree with her too. It’s a MYTH that people who disagree on many things have to disagree on everything.

  3. stevebarber says:

    I agree please go and support her if thus is how she will vote. Please convey my apologies, in Manchester at the light rail conference .

  4. Paula Smith says:

    Completely agree and fully intend to be there to say so!

  5. fgpsmith says:

    My wife (civil marriage) and I did attend and it was mostly a very depressing experience. It was run as a pure Q&A session with Anna taking questions from the floor.

    The audience seemed to be nearly all church goers (a couple of speakers from the floor announced themselves as “bible believing Christians”; there are other sorts?) and I’d the average age well towards the retirement.

    Apart from concerns about the lack of a definition of consummation for same sex marriages the vast majority of objections to the bill seemed based on the idea that “that’s not how God defined marriage”. There were a number of “thin edge of the wedge” arguments and plenty of “I’m not homophobic, I have gay friends and work with gays but…. ” speeches. I think your tweets have mentioned a couple of the more outrageous statements.

    A few very brave people stood up and spoke about how it would affect them personally and in some cases Anna had to ask the “Christians” to be quiet and allow them to speak.

    And as much as it pains me to say it Anna did a very good job in running the evening, explaining her views and working round all the raised hands. She did say that there were actually more supporters of the bill there than she was expecting. It makes me wonder how MPs handle their constituency surgeries and retain their sanity.

    If you judged her on last night alone she’s actually be a damn good MP. (Told you it was a depressing evening)

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