Is her Majesty the Queen really at the forefront in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality? Or does she, deep down, harbour misgivings about poofs? I suppose we will never know for sure. In putting her name to the new Commonwealth Charter she will be supporting the following statement:
‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’
According to the press over the weekend, this meant she was implicitly signed up to fight for gay rights, despite the fact that she has never seemed terribly exercised about the issue before. The new charter is presumably a shot across the bows to the savages in various Commonwealth African enclaves who are determined to put homosexuals to death, or simply lock them up. I think this is all well and good – the charter, not killing gays – and is an excellent example of the sort of neo-colonialist cultural bullying we should take part in more often.