Sunday , 26 January 2020

LGBTI rights left out of UKIP’s manifesto

 

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

The General Election campaign is in its final stretch with just over two weeks for what is promising to be an exceptional election.

Amongst heated TV debates and across the country campaigns all major parties are finally releasing their policies manifestos.

When it comes to LGBTI  people/rights, a subject increasingly important and part of the agenda of most political parties, UKIP  is the only major party to not mention gay people in its manifesto.

The news come with no surprise taking into account UKIP’s track record of major disconcerting incidents related to the LGBTI community.

On the first leader’s TV debate, broadcasted on STV on April 2, UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage, shocked the viewers when he blamed HIV+ immigrants for the crisis on NHS.

“There are 7,000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive. Sixty per cent of them are not British nationals. They can come into Britain from anywhere in the world and get diagnosed with HIV and get the retro-viral drugs that cost up to £25,000 per year per patient,” Farage said.

That wasn’t the first time that UKIP party members have been involved in prejudice slur.

David CoburnUKIP Scottish MEP David Coburn, has recently called Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservative party, a “fat lesbian”.

Coburn, who is openly gay and against same-sex marriage has also claimed that “neo-right” activists are to blame for same-sex marriage, which he says “breeds” homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent a UKIP spokesman has defended the decision and said: “UKIP believe absolutely in equality, and as such have produced a manifesto for all, rather than driven by the needs of differing special interest groups.

“We believe that amongst other things properly funded healthcare, that lower taxes, that a decent defence and political freedom from the European Union are things that are good for all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. It is a message of equality and universality.”

The other major parties, however, have all mentioned LGBTI people/rights on their manifestos, some more enthusiastically than others.original

The Labour Party is pledging to continue tackling homophobia at home and abroad. Plaid Cymru is promising to eradicate LGBTI-based bullying in schools.

The Liberal Democrats devoted an entire page to showcasing its efforts to support those who identify as LGBTI, while the Green Party has published a 10-point list of policies to “advance LGBTI rights,” including combating violence by legislating against all forms of hate crime.

The Conservatives‘ manifesto mentioned LGBTI rights in a paragraph on equal rights, as part of its Big Society policy, which also reminded readers that gay marriage was introduced during the Coalition government.

The SNP has called for the creation of an LGBT rights envoy and promised, during interviews with KaleidoScot, extensive policies regarding LGBTI rights, however its manifesto has, as of yet, not directly mentioned LGBTI rights.

About Luciano Graca

Luciano Graca
Luciano is a Brazilian-born award winning digital journalist based in Glasgow who gets inspired by people and their stories. He is fascinated by youth culture and is a music aficionado.

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