Last week, LibDem Voice brought the news of Nick Clegg’s commitment to full rights and equality for gay, lesbian, transexual and transgendered people. In an article entitled ‘Clegg calls for full gay equality – what will Cameron do?’ it explained how Nick Clegg had ‘laid down the gauntlet to the Tory leader David Cameron to justify his ‘liberal Conservatism’ by following suit’.
Today comes another opportunity for Cameron to demonstrate his liberal conservative values. Twenty seven members of the Conservatives’ European Parliamentary allies, the Polish Law and Justice Party, are yet again targeting gays as they demand a government clampdown on paedophiles. Cameron has continued to insist that the Polish Party are not homophobic,but he may have problems explaining away the behaviour of these MPs.
According to the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Stanislaw Pieta, the MP leading the demands, tabled a parliamentary requesting the establishment of a special department at the Ministry of the Interior to monitor homosexual websites and prevent promotion of ‘positive paedophilia’. To make his case, Mr. Pieta used some strange statistics from the UK:
“I am not saying that every gay is a paedophile, but let us consider the example of Great Britain where from 20 to 43 percent of uncovered cases of paedophilia are homosexual instances, while gays make only 1% of society”.
Mr Pieta and his colleagues also want to know if the police are given training in finding paedophiles among gays – and if the police undertake ‘reconnaissance’ operations to identify and monitor clubs frequented by gay men.
Not only are the Law & Justice Party in coalition with the Conservatives in the European Parliament, but the leader of the group, Law & Justice MEP Michal Kaminski, was invited to speak at the Conservative Party conference in 2009. Conservative leader David Cameron was forced to defend Mr Kaminski at the time, saying “I don’t believe the Law and Justice Party are homophobic”. So what will the party leader, who only a few years ago voted to retain Section 28, do next?