Clarke: Hain right to keep gay rights away from local politicians…

WHILE Peter Hain has been getting a hard time for acting like a dictator in Northern Ireland, Liam Clarke thinks the Secretary of State is right to push through regulations prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, no matter what tomorrow’s quasi-Assembly debate on the matter leads to, as it would result in a political quagmire if a devolved administration got its hands on the legislation. Clarke writes: “It is precisely to prevent a return to that sort of timewarp [Sabbatarian] Ulster, and to guard against paralysis in any new executive, that Hain should press ahead with the reforms and not listen to the DUP’s arguments for delay.”