LA News Release, "WE WELCOME ALAN DUNCAN'S 'COMING OUT'" (July 2002)

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In Association with the Libertarian International

London, Wednesday, 31 July 2002

Contact Details: Dr Chris R. Tame, 07957 644519


Alan Duncan’s decision to come out publicly as gay has been welcomed by the Libertarian Alliance, Britian's leading pro-freemarket and civil liberties think tank.

Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Chris Tame commented: 

"Alan Duncan has performed a historically important deed. His action can help liberate us all from the tyranny of sexual hypocrisy.

"If Mr Duncan is followed by other parliamentarians from all the political parties it will bring to rest the hoary old myth of the absence of gays and lesbians from our political life.   Political insiders have known for many years that Parliament, and politics generally, has been an attractive profession for homosexuals. It is thought that gays alone make up about 10% of the House of Commons.   A coming out party by Conservative MPs would show there was no need for positive action to select gay parliamentary candidates - simply a civilized requirement to respect the sexuality of incumbents.   The media has generally acquiesced in maintaining the myth of the exclusion of gays from Parliament, failing to stress the real problem faced by politicians -  being open about their sexuality in the face of a prurient media".


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Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

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