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Philip Davies MP worries that schoolchildren are getting 'Romeo and Julian' lessons

The following exchange took part during Business Questions.

Picture_12 Philip Davies (Shipley) (Con): "May we have a debate on political correctness in the light of the excellent remarks made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government earlier this week, and particularly in relation to schools? Despite the right hon. Lady’s speech, they are currently enjoying a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-history month, with schools performing “Romeo and Julian”. Does the Leader of the Opposition agree that it is better for pupils to learn about “Romeo and Juliet” and Shakespeare than the politically correct “Romeo and Julian”, and does she also agree with her right hon. Friend on these matters?"

Ms Harman: "I do not regard myself as a Shakespeare expert, but, as far as I can remember, in Shakespearean times boys would play girls and girls would play boys, and the whole point was trying to work out which was which. As far as pressing forward on equality is concerned, there will be a debate next Thursday on new equality legislation, so that we can ensure everybody in this country is treated with fairness and respect and is not subject to prejudice and discrimination—or, indeed, cheap shots from the hon. Gentleman."

The Telegraph has the background on Mr Davies' concerns.

Tim Montgomerie


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