There is something grotesque, rather than comical, about David Cameron’s present attempt to be the tail that wags the dog as he is pushing through changes to the nature of marriage in this country.
There is something comical about the thought of the tail trying to wag the dog but there is nothing comical about this. I do think it is a good description though, as it is very much a tiny minority trying to move society despite the views of the majority.
However some of the voices of sanity have not always been raised clearly, with some the church pronouncements not being very measured and sounding a bit inflammatory.
I also wonder what else he is up to though? I wonder if legalising polygamy will be slipped in, under the radar, along with the changes he is trying to force through now.
I know that the UK is popular with those faiths who practice polygamy. As polygamy is not recognised in UK law, a man with multiple wives and multiple households, according to his cultural practice, can allow all but his main wife to claim state benefits. All the other wives are treated by the benefit agencies as though they were single parents.
I expect with the increase of Shariah courts in the UK we should expect an increase of complications in polygamous marriages as divorce is not easy to achieve if it is the woman who seeks it. I think Cameron could minimise some of the trouble likely to lie ahead if polygamy is included in the present changes. I would not expect that to ever get a high-profile airing though. Certainly not by some of the media, such as the BBC.