Thursday 20 July 2017

The Yates anthology: Nightmare 'Yes' campaign

'In political debate, playing the man and not the ball is a disastrous tactic'
'In political debate, playing the man and not the ball is a disastrous tactic'
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Throughout past social and libertarian debates, I'd be among the most strident in heading queues of advocacy for change.

Over four decades, the country has confronted issues like full access to contraception, legalising divorce, repealing the eighth Amendment to the Constitution (facilitating abortion in certain cases) and even permitting assisted suicide.

The need to modernise a secular Irish state, ignoring church viewpoints, was always a political priority for me. Strangely, the same-sex marriage referendum hasn't triggered the same sentiment of individual freedom.

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