Monday, March 03, 2008

Call me cynical...

Alan Duncan has entered into a civil partnership with his partner.
A senior member of David Cameron's team is to become the first Conservative MP to enter into a civil partnership.

Alan Duncan, the shadow business secretary, will make political history with his announcement in The Daily Telegraph today.

Mr Duncan, 50, an MP since 1992, will be the first member of the Cabinet or shadow cabinet to have entered into a legal partnership with a same-sex partner.

Iain Dale, naturally, offers his congratulations, but I fear that your humble Devil is more cynical than Master Dale.
I'm delighted for them. When Alan was speaking for the Conservatives on the civil partnership legislation in 2004 he probably never thought he would be a beneficiary of it.

I'm sure he didn't. Absolutely sure. It never crossed his mind. At all. Understand?

By the way, can anyone remind me why the fuck the government should be involved in any private contract between two consenting adults...?


Andrew Ian Dodge said...

Have to agree with you there DK. Have to agree with your cynicism on this one.

Blackacre said...

So do you not agree with marraige then? Anyway civil partnership and marriage go beyond "contract" and are part of the fabric of society. Surely a libertarian must believe in that or else you must be an anarchist. One of the few libertarian requirements for a government must be some sort of recognition of social institutions.

Anonymous said...

"By the way, can anyone remind me why the fuck the government should be involved in any private contract between two consenting adults...?"

it's so stuuuuuupid - one doesn't know whether to laugh, cry, or bite the sofa cushions in frustration.

Marriage - on the whole, best bet for happy families - which make everyone happier, less drain on community. Seems not unreasonable that the community/state should think these are to be encouraged on the whole. In fact, it's the only reason for the state to recognise marriages *as such* - the kids.

People getting together privately for other reasons, such as two elderly sisters moving in to look after each other, grandmother and granddaughter, etc - old and sick taken care of by their families, young and poor have somewhere to live - yup, seems a good idea, pooling resources and whatnot. You'd think this sort of arrangement - the "non-typical" household - would be another thing to be encouraged by tax breaks or whatever, if the government is working in that kind of framework. The relief on care services alone.
If you were not going to recognise marriages-as-such, then you would think marriages and other set-ups, such as that described, would be covered by some kind of scheme that recognised all private arrangements benefitting society as such in a concrete way.

But this is not what civil partnerships do. You can't register if you are close blood relatives. And is there a similar option for people of the opposite sex?

So basically this is public, state recognition for the fact people are having sex. Marvellous. Is this part of the government's Healthy Living campaigns? More sex, less heart attacks, less pressure on the NHS? No?

Could it be some weird ideological thing? No! Surely not!

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