David Cameron is under threat from the rise of UKIP, for several reasons. The EU issue is looming ominously for David Cameron right now. But back in December 2012 I asked, “Have Tories handed votes to UKIP over same-sex marriage?” and in the previous post I asked, “Will UKIP Benefit from the Tories over Gay Marriage?
The Mail journalist, Andrew Pierce, was right that there would be a loss of Tory support in the polls. “David Cameron has been urged by Conservative MPs to scrap the gay marriage bill in a bid to halt the rapid rise of Ukip.” The Guardian ICM poll sees Ukip double its support to record high. Now150 Tory MP rebels want a referendum on gay marriage. As Andrew Pierce has pointed out,
“The ICM survey for The Sunday Telegraph shows that Ukip’s policies are favoured over the Tories’ among key right-of-centre voters – particularly on immigration, government spending and same-sex marriage.”
“Same-sex marriage, a touchstone issue for many Conservatives and one which is blamed for a fall in membership of the party after Mr Cameron pushed through moves to make it legal, also sees the Tories behind Ukip in the search for right-of-centre swing voters,” said The Telegraph.
Looking at us from the outside the Times of Malta reports, “UK Independence Party surge shocks political establishment.”
“On gay marriage, I doubt there is anything Cameron can do to win back lost votes. The second reading of a Bill to legalise same sex marriage has already been approved in the House of Commons and it looks like the next reading will also be approved.
“Cameron seemed to have made a strategic mistake when he said he was in favour of gay marriage because he went against the beliefs of many of his core voters. Furthermore, he had no electoral mandate to introduce such a measure. According to a ComRes survey of voters before the local elections, 26 per cent of people who voted Conservative in the 2010 election said they would now vote for UKIP because of government plans to legalise same-sex marriage,” says the Times of Malta.
Concerned Tories are seeking a referendum on same sex marriage. “More than 100 MPs may support call for referendum to allow public to vote on same-sex marriage” says the Guardian.
There was a sham government consultation on same sex marriage that ignored 500,000 votes against. And there seems to be a mistake in making same sex marriage just a Christian issue. Both Prime Minister and opposition leader Tony Abbott of the Australian Parliament gained a large majority vote against same sex marriage on what can only be described as ‘natural order’. Neither Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott came across with any Christian concern, The New Zealand vote for same sex marriage is as contentious as it is here in the UK, with the N.Z. Parliament voting for, but a liberal TV vote showing 78% against same sex marriage. It seems like it depends on the leader of the government and David Cameron decided to push this despite strong opposition within his party.
As I have pointed out in previous posts, the big issue in legalising same sex marriage means it will be mandatory for schools with children as young as five being indoctrinated with an optional lifestyle against parent’s wishes and teachers possibly facing the threat of job loss if refusing to teach the subject. “Worryingly, when the Home Office launched the consultation on
redefining marriage they were not aware of the implications of this law. Even months after the consultation had concluded, an Education Minister confirmed that the department was still not sure how the Government’s proposals would affect schools,” reports c4m. Parents have already been threatened with legal action on this issue. Should it succeed through the Lords and becomes law, would David Cameron want to see himself being responsible for parents being brought to court over a strongly held Christian teaching? – with their children being drawn into this controversy?