1. Exquisite Tweets from @jamesrbuk, @hugorifkind, @DAaronovitch, @OliverKamm, @jasonomahony

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    jamesrbuk

    James Ball

    I don't have a problem with a religious politician who believes homosexuality is a sin, but who consistently votes in favour of gay rights

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    jamesrbuk

    James Ball

    That person isn't trying to impose their religion on me, and I'm willing in turn not to impose my values on their religion

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    jamesrbuk

    James Ball

  2. The Farron "sin" stuff is gross. But is it not the essence of liberalism to acknowledge your own prejudices and discount them in policy?

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

  3. You're right. Farron's position is actually very liberal. "I might not like it, but you have every right to do it" is a v liberal idea.

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    DAaronovitch

    David Aaronovitch

  4. My colleagues are being generous here. Gay relationships raise no moral quandary; yet Farron uses language of "sin". twitter.com/daaronovitch/s…

    David Aaronovitch @DAaronovitch
    You're right. Farron's position is actually very liberal. "I might not like it, but you have every right to do it" is a v liberal idea.

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    OliverKamm

    Oliver Kamm

  5. I think he means the sex, not the relationship. Like a bishop.

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

  6. If he does make that casuistical distinction he's stigmatising people on morally irrelevant grounds. That can't be ethos of a liberal party.

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    OliverKamm

    Oliver Kamm

  7. He's not the only flawed leader of an opposition party but it matters. It matters a lot.

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    OliverKamm

    Oliver Kamm

  8. I agree. But it perhaps ought to matter less than supporting regimes which hang these "sinners" from cranes.

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

  9. The idea that @timfarron be judged by what is in his private thoughts as opposed to his public actions as an MP is Orwellian.

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    jasonomahony

    Jason O'Mahony