Both Ken Livingstone and the Tories mayoral candidate, Steve Norris, have backed a smoking ban inside workplaces in London. Great. Guardian story.
Irish smoking ban positive: one in five not smoking when going out, business not suffering. BBC story. But, really, such figures are secondary to the fact those who often have little choice but to work in pubs, bars and cafes now do not have to work in a smoke-filled workplace.
posted by Tim Stevens | 6/04/2004 04:28:00 AM |
Real world is too politically correct: Minister
ABC has nerve to show homosexual couple:
The ABC's show, Play School, on Monday aired the story of a little girl and her two "mums" to its young viewers .
"I'm Brenna. That's me in the blue. My mums are taking me and my friend Meryn to an amusement park," the little girl says over images of her two mums smiling and waving.
Play School's 'Through the windows' segment usually explores families from different ethnic, social and religious backgrounds.
But the broadcaster's attempt to portray gay relationships - not often in children's literature and television programming - has sparked a backlash.
Children's Minister Larry Anthony said he fears the ABC was becoming too politically correct.
Yes, Larry, showing a woman living with other women is worrying, isn't it? I mean, it's not like such a situation is real life for many children who watch Play School. Life would be much nicer if Play School would just show - like Larry's family - a proper heterosexual couple.
"In particular, Australian parents should be able to choose when to explain concepts such as same-sex couples to their young children," he said.
Why leave it at just same-sex couples? Why not marriage of any type? There is something horribly amiss when, in the eyes of Larry, children are seen as needing protection from being exposed to homosexual couples living together. The government's approach to gay issues seems almost beyond ridicule.
posted by Tim Stevens | 6/03/2004 11:55:00 PM |