Saturday, 31 July 2010

Hats Off To Joe McElderry

X Factor winner Joe McElderry has 'come out' to the Daily Mirror.  Hats off to Joe for his guts in doing this at such a young age, with a big music career ahead of him.  Hopefully, his example will inspire other young people going through the same issues that Joe is facing.  This is yet another welcome nail in the coffin of bigotry.

What strikes me is the difference in the reaction about Joe McElderry coming out and when Will Young, another ITV talent contest winner came out  in 2002.  Now the reaction to the Joe McElderry news is 'so what' and 'good luck to him'.  Although public reaction to Will Young eight years ago was overwhelmingly positive, there still seemed to be slightly more national hand wringing about the issue than there is today.

That just goes to show how much we have moved on and matured as a society in the past eight years alone.  And the last Government (despite their many mistakes) did an awful lot to make Britain a better, more tolerant country.  We are a nicer, less bigoted, more open country than we were a few decades ago.  And for that we should all be grateful.

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