DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Who are the real bullies in trans row?
It’s a grossly hypocritical feature of the militant trans lobby that in pursuit of their own rights they are willing to trample over everyone else’s.
Anyone daring to point out the obvious differences between those who were born female and those who weren’t but identify as such can expect instant retribution.
Just look at the hideous campaign of vilification against JK Rowling for suggesting only biological women have wombs. Or philosophy professor Kathleen Stock, hounded out of her job for her belief that trans women shouldn’t be allowed access to female-only spaces.
Curiously, however, despite their own attempts to intimidate opponents into silence, trans activists and their supporters are quick to accuse others of bullying.
On the face of it, a less likely bully than Baroness Falkner is hard to imagine. A former Liberal Democrat and now crossbench peer, Pakistan-born Kishwer Falkner has an admirable and varied CV
In a bid to unseat Baroness Falkner as chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, disgruntled staff (anonymous, of course) have, it seems, concocted a ‘dossier’ of allegations against her.
They say she presides over a culture of bullying and manipulation, is colluding with the Government to restrict the rights of the trans community, and once made discriminatory remarks about a trans woman at a meeting.
Pouring out their sorrows to the achingly woke Channel 4 News, the complainants said they didn’t feel psychologically safe within the EHRC and that staff were reduced to tears on multiple occasions.
It is further alleged that the commission board wants to exclude trans women from protection under the Equality Act.
On the face of it, a less likely bully than Lady Falkner is hard to imagine. A former Liberal Democrat and now crossbench peer, Pakistan-born Kishwer Falkner has an admirable and varied CV.
She studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Kent, is associated with the National Secular Society, worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat building student partnerships, and was the inaugural chancellor of Northampton University.
At none of these places was there ever a hint of bullying behaviour. Which is why this latest farrago has all the hallmarks of a politically driven stitch-up.
The latest Tory target is Suella Braverman, hated by the wokerati because she believes in controlling migration
It’s straight from the Left’s classic playbook. Construct a gimcrack case against an opponent based on anonymous whisperings, leak to a sympathetic media outlet and hope to get a prominent scalp.
It worked against Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, and the latest Tory target is Suella Braverman, hated by the wokerati because she believes in controlling migration. These witch-hunters must be faced down.
Lady Falkner’s ‘crime’ was talking to the Government about possible changes to the Equality Act which would redefine ‘sex’ as sex at birth, making it easier to bar transgender people from single-sex spaces.
The vast majority of the voting public would think this a proper and reasonable step. And they would rightly expect Rishi Sunak to think the same.
Unlike Sir Keir Starmer, he actively supports the rights of biological females, but that support needs to be restated and reinforced. Unless there is any hard evidence against Lady Falkner, rather than mere backstage whispers, he should publicly give her his full backing.
Keir’s NHS wishlist
It’s hard to fault Sir Keir Starmer’s vision for the Health Service. Targets to cut waiting times, more staffing, revolutionise community care, slash post-Covid waiting lists. On exactly how to achieve these laudable aims, he is less forthcoming.
The truth is that without root-and-branch reform and an actual strategy to defibrillate the gasping NHS, he is just another Labour politician with big ideas but no delivery.
His posturing brings to mind the old proverb: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
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