For the aspirational politico, fretting over Alba has convenient side-effects, giving the aura of a moral high ground without damaging your prospects among those with real power. True progressives should treat all such risk-free stances with a dose of scepticism.

Source Direct Election Profile: the Alba Party

“The UK has rejected thousands of asylum claims from LGBT people who’ve come from countries where consensual same-sex acts are against the law. Having their identity forensically challenged and ultimately disbelieved adds unbearable psychological strain on those who may already have been marginalised and faced the threat of violence or death in their home countries just because of who they are.”

Peter Markham: Treatment of LBGT asylum seekers in Europe and the UK remains unacceptable