Sep
24

Conviction Politics

posted on September 24th 2007 in Democracy with 0 Comments

We’re in Party Conference season and the news is full of speeches from politicians playing to the gallery, the media and their opponents.  There has been recent coverage about how Gordon Brown is similar to Margaret Thatcher as they are both "conviction politicians".

Jerry Sanders, the Republican Mayor of San Diego, held a recent news conference to talk about how he had changed his mind and had decided not to veto a City Council resolution in favour of gay marriage.  This was in direct contradiction to his election promises and to his party’s policy.  The YouTube clip below calls it a FlipFlop.  Watch it yourself and feel the courage Sanders displays in going against his party and previous promises to keep true to his personal conviction that gay and lesbian people should have equal rights to marriage.

(Hat-tip to the always brilliant Apophenia)

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