I am, in principle, against the adoption of children by gay couples. I won't go into why because that's not the point. The point is that, were I to run an adoption agency, I would be compelled by law to hand children over to be brought up by homosexual couples.
I am, in principle, against abortion. I won't go into why because that's not the point. The point is that, were I to run a clinic, I would be compelled by law to perform a clinical act that goes against my conscience and deepest beliefs.
I am, in principle, against the de-promotion of the traditional family as a fundamental and structural building block of society. Yet, I must, as a compliant tax-paying citizen, fund legislation that effectively promotes mono parental families, family breakup and irresponsible, non-attentive parenthood.
I am, in principle, in favour of a person being sentenced to jail when he or she has committed an offence for which the punishment established by law is imprisonment. Yet, I've just today seen a man escape a jail sentence because the Home Secretary (!) remarked that as our jails are overflowing, only very serious offenders should be imprisoned (the ruling judge claimed that in normal circumstances he would have sent the man to jail but now he had to take this "orientation" into consideration whenever he's sentencing). Great! Jail capacity is now dictating judicial sentences.
I find myself living in a world where fundamental individual principles and beliefs are increasingly trampled on by the politically correct few that hold the reins of media and politics and where the right to object has ceased to exist.
As I can't just walk out the door and go get a new set of fashionable blasé PC principles and I honestly don't think that they can grow on me at this age, I must do my best to adapt my old fashioned principles to the times so that the children I'm bringing up do have some principles and beliefs (not that I expect that to be much worth in the future if the future is what's staring at us here and now).