While we have mainly been concentrating on the wee world of Scottish politics (dangerous parochialism)
I missed the emergence of the Tory think tank which came up with the following suggested policy.
In Vitro Fertilisation treatment (IVF) should not be made available to Lesbian couples.
Yes folks this the modern Tory Party in 2008, lesbian women cannot be trusted with children, standing four square behind them is the Catholic Church, now there's a shock.
I sometimes despair at these people but we mustn't give up. We must continue the battle for fairness and justice, we must carry on shining the light of decency in the hope that these seriously misguided people will some day see it.
The Tories and religious campaigners regard it as wrong for two women who are committed to each other in a long term loving relationship to have children, I believe that to be wrong, discriminatory and down right un-Christian, not for the first time I find myself asking what the gentle Jesus that I learned about as a child would say to such a couple.
It's a fanciful question I know but, without claiming any religious insight I am utterly convinced he would have said "bless all three of you"
With no disrespect to those who differ, the desire to have children is something that most women would recognise, it can become obsessive in some cases and can ruin lives as a consequence, speaking as a male I regard the birth of my children as the greatest thing that has ever happened to me and I think that to deny that joy to someone because of their sexuality and prejudice of others is unspeakably cruel.
A lesbian couple are planning a 'shared baby', by IVF, one will have her eggs fertilized and the resulting embryo will be implanted into her partner's womb, this means one would be the birth mother and the other the genetic mother.
Is this child wanted ? these women have clearly spent time deciding this and are determined to carry it through, surely this suggests that they are every bit as as suitable as anyone else to be parents. I wish them well.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith called it a "nail in the coffin" of the traditional family, big on tradition the Tories.
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor has called for a free vote as he campaigns against this bill. I find it very tempting to cut loose at these people but, I've counted to ten and I accept that they are genuine, at least the Cardinal is. The Tories ? could they be electioneering ?
There are 3 million single parents in Britain but they want to exclude lesbians.
The overwhelming majority of sexual and physical abuse cases happen within families, traditional families.
To suggest that a child with lesbian parents would be denied the influence of an adult male is disingenuous, they would have to go and live in a cave for that to happen, the argument doesn't stand up and the Tories and the Church are clutching at straws.
The argument is simple, I say that children should be raised in a home where there is love and protection and that excludes no one.
I hope the Bill is passed and we take another step away from prejudice and into the light.