by Caroline ffiske, The Conservative Woman:
IN September last year, an article in the Times seemed to imply the welcome news that the Conservative Government might be admitting to problems in its approach to transgender issues (see more below). The sorry saga began in January 2016 when the the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee, chaired by former equalities minister Maria Miller, recommended that people should be able to ‘self-identify’ their gender, with legal gender changes being as simple as signing a form.
Readers of TCW are familiar with the mess that ensued – not that we can blame Miller for all of it; she and her MP allies simply embraced and fast-forwarded a cultural trend spilling out from the internet and the wider flight from science, reason, and ancient morality in the West – resulting in a situation that now challenges free speech, science, reason, women and girls’ safety and opportunities, and freedom of conscience.
When the number of girls seeking gender reassignment surged more than 4,000 per cent in less than a decade, someone must have asked equalities minister Penny Mordaunt if she had any concerns. On September 16, 2018, the Times duly reported that ‘an investigation has been ordered into why so many girls are seeking gender reassignment’. It said: ‘The equalities minister, Penny Mordaunt, has instructed her officials to look into the cause.’ A typical reader’s comment below this welcome news said ‘Thank heavens sanity is catching up!! Concerned parents have been tirelessly trying to draw attention to this. Whilst society is dragging their heels, countless youths are now experiments, medically harmed unnecessarily. Who’s going to fix this?’
Many of us welcomed the news and waited to find out how we could participate in Mordaunt’s review.