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14 September 2012

The Weekly Whip 14 September 2012

The Weekly Whip 14 September 2012

When is a bigot not a bigot?

When they're in a press release from Nick Clegg. Uproar ensued when Nick Clegg put out a press release to celebrate the government's consultation on introducing same sex marriage, referring to opponents as bigots, and then hastily retracted by reissuing it without the offending word. Of course immediate comparisons were drawn to that fateful afternoon two years ago when Gordon Brown's words to an aide, referring to Gillian Duffy as a bigot, were caught by broadcasters.

The Green Party also demonstrated their questionable approach to tolerance this week when they recommended the expulsion of Christina Summers for her opposition to same sex marriage. Support for Christiana Summers came from unlikely sources – including wise words from a local political rival.

Hillsborough

An inquiry into the Hillsborough tragedy found that police lied to place the blame on the fans, and nearly half of the lives lost could have been saved. The report, following an inquiry chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, was greeted as a step towards justice for the 96 who died when the terrace collapsed. Calls for apologies from those who blamed the fans and prosecutions for those responsible swiftly followed.

The Sun, who initially had run the headline 'The Truth' 23 years ago in an article blaming fans, squirmed their way towards an apology this week, beneath 'The Real Truth' headline.

No more page 3

The Sun also came in for fresh criticism this week for their continued use of page three girls wearing less than your average amount of clothes. The WHIP isn't quite sure why naked women should be in your daily newspaper, and this isn't the first time attempts have been made to shut it down, but as the Guardian points out, may be this time it will.

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Richard III

"A hearse, a hearse, my kingdom for a hearse", attributable to twitter sources. Richard III may well have been buried under a car park in Leicester for the past five hundred or so years: probably the first interment of a medieval king to receive the honour of a live blog. Following his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth, he was buried at a secret location to prevent his bones becoming a rallying point for opponents to Henry VII's new dynasty. A right royal debate may now ensue over where his bones should be laid to rest once more.