Patten’s Glaring Hypocrisy Over Boris Jibe

Second referendum and Rory Stewart Backer Chris Patten launched into an undignified attack on Boris Johnson this afternoon on Politics Live, attempting to present Boris as an enemy of LGBT rights all precariously based upon one 1998 column where Boris used the word “bumboys” once. Here’s how their records stack up…

  • Boris voted to repeal the notoriously homophobic Section 28 legislation, against the tide of his party in 2003. Jeremy Corbyn abstained…
  • Patten voted to introduce Section 28.
  • Boris launched the campaign for equal marriage, when the majority of the country and Tory MPs opposed the idea.
  • Patten didn’t bother to vote to defend equal marriage legislation in the House of Lords in 2013.
  • Boris as Mayor of London supported the annual Pride celebration. Pink stetson and all…
  • Patten, as far as Guido can see, has not yet attended a Pride parade. Nor has he worn a pink stetson…

Patten’s support for the European Union means he wins the liberal plaudits despite a deeply illiberal voting record. Meanwhile the chattering classes ignore Boris’ actual consistently liberal record because they’re still upset about Brexit…

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article said that Patten voted to kill off equal marriage legislation in the House of Lords.” This was in fact Lord (John) Patten, not Lord (Chris) Patten of Barnes. Guido is happy to clarify that Lord Patten of Barnes simply failed to turn up to vote…


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