The Commonwealth and our attitude to it shames this great country of ours.
We know that already! Articulate it an amusing fashion... OK, The Commonwealth is the one high minded thing that came out of our colonial past we could be proud of... As youv'e guessed the principles it espouses are spat on by most of its leaders who like the respectability afforded them by big summits but none of the principles behind them.
Worse, UK plc doesn't really give a f*ck about the lack of human rights and especially that dreary old gay rights stuff. Apparently it's better to go along, smile, do the photos and 'challenge' dodgy leaders face to face and engage with those who tell you to your face they don't give a f*ck - witness William Hague right now in Sri Lanka. It's how we imagine our ministers to behave when they're bringing up the issue of Chinese human rights... whilst rimming the arse out of some Tiananmen murderer who now has cash to invest.
Well, we're shouting at the keyboard now so we'd better hand over to somebody with a better handle on this... and who actually does something about it. Yip, please continue reading for the facts on this from Peter Tatchell - our man of the year. Used to find him quite annoying till we realised he's usually bloody right!