SO OUR Plymouth MP Oliver Colvile has torn himself away from working on the many problems of our city, to concern himself with a rather more important matter, the hurt feelings of those in partnerships that don't automatically confer titles on both when one gains a title from the Queen.
If heterosexual women become 'Lady' when their husbands become 'Sir', how can this be translated into equality in same sex relationships? Or how come the spouse of a Dame can't be granted something to let the world know that they are partners of someone who is no longer a mere Ms or Mrs?
Obviously this is something that engages great interest here, in Plymouth. Indeed, Oliver, we talk of little else.
But hang on, yes, there has been another riveting subject under discussion –the Oliver Colvile request that all Scotland's nuclear waste should be stored in Devonport, if or when Scotland decides it has been on Scottish soil for far too long.
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No doubt Mr Colvile is getting rather worried about the votes that astonishing venture has lost for him and is now desperately searching for some popularity with this eccentric posturing about 'equality'. I suggest he looks at the subject rather more realistically. Why not demand that partners of any gender should not be allowed to share a title, unless they have been personally instrumental in the work for which it was awarded? And in that case such partners should obviously be kneeling before the Queen to claim a title in their own right.
But I doubt this would suit Mr Colvile's purpose, if the point of the exercise was to gain a few votes, rather than this declared bid for equality.