Monday, April 22, 2013
Equality legislation: Lib Dem MPs hand free gift to Labour
Last Tuesday the Commons voted 310 - 244 to reject a Lords amendment to keep Section 3 of the Equality Act. In other words they supported the government's proposal to repeal Section 3 which sets out the general duty of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission which says:
I cannot see that the government has made out its case to repeal Section 3. If, as they argue, it has no effect, then why waste time debating it. If, as others argue, it has a beneficial effect then leave it in place. Repealing this section hands a gift to the Labour Party who will quote Liberal Democrats' opposition to Section 3 every chance they get. What were our ministers thinking of when they agreed to this ?