Last night I posted THIS on Iain Duncan Smith's Sunday Telegraph interview, which I followed up with THIS post earlier today. Iain has just posted a response on the first thread, but I thought I'd post it here too.
IDS: Actually Iain, I did not say gays were irrelevant to family policy, I would have thought you would have known better about me. I was replying to a question that implied that gay couples splitting up and who had children would have an effect on our figures about family break up. The point about being irrelevant was that the numbers were to small to effect the overall figures and were therefore not likely to make a difference to the overall numbers. The ST were looking to start a row and plucked the comments out of context and without showing everyone what the line of questioning was. I understand they added a paragraph to their second editions explaining this point, although it was too late. I explained this on the Politics show. I am sorry you made the assumption you did. I might have thought you would have read the item carefully and seen what they were up to. This is too important a report, (300000 words on breakdown) to be sidetracked by a contrived story. Iain DS
I'm grateful to Iain for clarifying this. As I said in my first post, I have a tremendous respect for him. He came to help me in North Norfolk and has been very supportive to me. I was rather taken aback by his reported comments in the Sunday Telegraph and I still think he could have chosen his words more wisely. But I am glad that he has now set, first hand, out what actually happened.