Have to disagree with Zet’s call for Labour to ‘just put it away‘ on the remit to conference calling for subsidised condoms in shops to help reduce unplanned pregnancies and our high rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
Sure, if Labour were putting it up as a policy priority there might be an argument. I’m completely in agreement that Labour needs to pick its battles and that right now those battles need to be on the economy. But let’s get some perspective, we’re talking about a bloody conference remit here.
We simply can’t have Labour going around censoring its own branches and limiting its members’ internal debate because our media act like a bunch of immature schoolchildren who giggle and scream at the slightest mention of sex.
Labour needs internal democracy. It needs robust debate. If the media can’t handle that, well, that’s just a price the party will have to bear.
Update: Changed ‘free’ to ‘subsidised’. That’s what I get for relying on Farrar’s culture war dog whistles for my information.