A reluctant sinner has posted about the necessity of writing to one’s MP to urge them to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The second letter in his post explains more clearly than I possibly could that this situation and the proposed Bill are both farcical and that the electorate effectively have no voice. In my own letter I asked my MP whether, if the Bill were passed, it would give a precedent allowing a Prime Minster to do anything once in power, regardless of the will of the electorate.
Then I remembered a similar situation a few years back.
The current situation has notable similarities to when Tony Blair took the UK into illegal military action in Iraq, ignoring hundreds of thousands of people marching upon Westminster as well as contravening a UN resolution and the conditions of a 'Just War'.
This time Dave is ignoring hundreds of thousands of people, proposing a law on the grounds of ‘equality’ that would introduce more inequalities than either exist at present or would be introduced as a result of the Bill as well as ignoring Natural Law and any number of other considerations on the basis of history, anthropology, sociology, let alone religious. We even have Peter Tatchell saying that the law is anti-equality – but Dave doesn't seem to care even what his lead policy-maker on all things “conservative” says anymore.
So the precedent is already there for the Prime Minister to do whatever he wants regardless of the consequences or whether there is an electoral mandate. Perhaps this is precisely what the redefinition of marriage is all about: David Cameron saying to Tony Blair,
“anything you can do I can do ‘better’,
I can ignore the vast majority of the British electorate better than you!”
I've yet to fathom any other reason for it...
A reluctant sinner's post and example letters, here
A good example of a letter to one's MP, here. There are lots of follow-up posts on the same blog.
Lots of resources and the petition still available to be signed (for what it's worth) at the Campaign for Marriage site, here