Iain Dale takes the view that the Lib Dems support for legislation that will make hate crimes against gay people a specific criminal offence is not very liberal. I guess it depends on what view you take of the word liberal.
Many Tories, Iain included, seem to think that "liberal" means you will accept anything as fair game, so long as the government keep out of things. So the word "liberal" means you will allow just about anything. Others, take a different view.
I personally take the view that "liberal" means open minded, but also means that you are prepared to take a specific stand against things that are wrong. Specific acts of hate against Gay people for no other reason than their sexuality should be punished. It is not a very liberal state that fails to accept that some laws are needed to protect people.
Iain personally might not need protecting, but others will and others do. presumably for the same reasons Iain gave we don not need legislation that prcludes religious or racial crimes ? Presumably these are not liberal either ? I wonder if the Tories will put out on leaflets that they would repeal the "illiberal" race hate laws ? What do you think ?
So personally, given the Tories long record of being far from liberal over very many years, I'll not take lessons on liberalism from the Tories, thank you very much.