Friday, February 18, 2011

Is the Government doing enough to combat homophobic bullying?

In June last year the Prime Minister said "... we'll never really tackle homophobic bullying in schools, we'll never tackle homophobic issues in the workplace just by passing laws. It's culture change and behavioural change that is needed as well ..."

But yesterday Mr Cameron seemed to suggest, when trying to cut welfare benefits, that legislation is a means to achieve cultural change.

David Cameron: I want to make something clear. The [Welfare Reform] Bill is not an exercise in accounting. It is about changing our culture ...

So perhaps the Government ought to do more in terms of legislating to help bring about a change in homophobic attitudes. Certainly faster movement towards equality would help.

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