The case for gay marriage is fundamentally conservative – it will strengthen Britain’s social fabric

In America this week, David Cameron will see a Republican Party expending a great deal of time and energy deciding how, precisely, it will lose the presidential election in November. As fractious as the Tory tribe can be, it has nothing on the GOP in 2012 for splits, disaggregation and pointless introspection.

Nor has British party politics been infected thus far by the culture wars that have so disfigured American politics, or the “God gap” – the chasm between secular voters and those whose religion guides their electoral behaviour.

Last week’s Super Tuesday in the Republican presidential primaries failed to settle the nomination upon Mitt Romney’s patrician shoulders. And few sights in this uninspiring race have been more desperate or toe-curling than his flip-flopping struggle to win the votes of social conservatives. Whatever dilemmas and indignities lie ahead of Cameron in the 2015 general election campaign, he will not be forced to tap-dance on such issues of conscience.

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Our leaders are trapped in contradictions

Suppose that I (or you) were determined to behave in ways that the Conservative leadership would approve of: perhaps out of helpfulness to the government in a time of crisis, or maybe just because we want to avoid being clobbered by the penalties meted out to those who get it wrong, we decide (as the Americans say) “to get with the programme”. What exactly would we be expected to do or say? I only ask because I am genuinely confused about this.

For a start, we should be prepared, according to the most recent pronouncements, to endorse gay marriage as a totemic symbol of tolerance and social liberalism. To refuse to do this is to be locked into an archaic, bigoted past which would render any political party “unelectable”, and any supporter of it beyond the ethical pale.

OK, that’s clear enough. But hang on a minute, the very same people who are adamant about the need to solemnise same-sex unions also insist that we must engage more with ethnic minorities: to be viable in modern Britain, a party must not speak only for the entrenched white middle class but for all the varied communities that call this country home.

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Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

In a highly significant move, ministers will fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights in which two British women will seek to establish their right to display the cross.

It is the first time that the Government has been forced to state whether it backs the right of Christians to wear the symbol at work.

A document seen by The Sunday Telegraph discloses that ministers will argue that because it is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross and sack workers who insist on doing so.

The Government’s position received an angry response last night from prominent figures including Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

He accused ministers and the courts of “dictating” to Christians and said it was another example of Christianity becoming sidelined in official life.

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Dispatch: Syrians flee Assad’s helicopter gunships

The smuggler’s radio crackled into life as shadowy figures emerged from a thicket on the Syrian side of the river, faintly illuminated by a full moon whose light barely penetrated the cloud and drizzle.

The men were army deserters escaping Bashar al-Assad’s Syria with the help of rebel sympathisers, and smugglers who demanded hard cash in return for arranging the dinghy that ferried them across

“I had to get out, I had no weapon to fight with and if they caught me they would have cut off my head,” said Abdul, a gangly 18-year-old who stepped out of a dinghy to be embraced by a fellow rebel.

Like scores of other refugees interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph last week – villagers and townspeople, soldiers and civilians, doctors and activists – they brought with them stories of an unfolding horror in the north of Syria.

In a frightening escalation of the Assad regime’s war on its people, helicopter gunships now hang in the air above the countryside, shooting at civilians on the move, or turning their fire on rebel villages – in addition to the armoury of tanks and artillery already punishing those who dared to oppose.

Witnesses who crossed into Turkey last week described the killing of 82 people in Idlib province in six major incidents over recent days; the total figur

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Japan’s emperor leads nation’s mourning as Tokyo comes to a halt in memory of the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear victims

Stopping by the side of a busy central Tokyo street, Itsuko Honda placed her shopping bags by her feet, closed her eyes, lowered her head and clasped her hands together in prayer.

Ms Honda was today among millions of Tokyo residents who paused from their daily lives at precisely 2.46pm to reflect on the passing of a year since the first tremor of the Great East Japan Earthquake struck.

For a brief, calm moment in one of the world’s busiest cities, streets stopped bustling, people became stationary and even the trains were halted as the nation solemnly remembered the disaster.

Speaking after the minute’s silence among a crowd gathered near the National Theatre in central Tokyo, Ms Honda, 38, an office worker, said: “I wanted to stop to think about what happened on that day, exactly a year ago.

“It’s gone so quickly the last year, but what happened that day is something we should never forget. I was so shocked when the disaster took place. I remember so clearly seeing the tsunami on images on my mobile phone. It was terrible.

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Written By A 21 Year Old

“The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.  

Put me in charge . . .

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicare.

The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing.

Ever live in a military barracks?

You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.

Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you.

We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”

Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.

Now, if you have the guts – PASS IT ON…