Blinded by rage

Oct 4, 2021 by

by Caroline ffiske, The Critic:

Tory MPs eager to fight the war on woke need to take the beam from their own eyes.

Our nation’s institutional slide into woke vacuity continues, with the news that a high security prison on the Isle of Wight, which holds rapists, paedophiles and sex offenders, is handing out gender pronoun badges ahead of an “inclusion week“. It’s not surprising that people are angry about prison officers encouraging, say, a convicted rapist to wear a badge instructing people to refer to him as “she / her”.

What should be surprising is to see a Tory MP joining the outrage. According to The Telegraph, Conservative MP Tim Loughton is furious. “Oh dear so now woke has broken into prison too… The last thing we need to be pandering to is making sure serious criminals have their personal pronouns respected.”

This is surprising coming from a Tory MP because it reveals that he is blithely unaware of his own party’s policies and actions and on an issue which he clearly cares about. Under the Tories, the Ministry of Justice has published guidance explaining that “self-identified” personal pronouns must be respected in prisons. It is also Tory Party policy to allow violent male criminals who “self-identify” as women to serve their time in women’s prisons. This policy has already led to at least one female prisoner being assaulted.

We’re in a hopeless position when politicians from the party in government seem oblivious to the contentious policy and administrative positions that they themselves help prop up. It illustrates a slide to technocracy with important policies and decisions receiving insufficient democratic scrutiny: implemented by civil servants, rubber-stamped by ill-informed and under-attentive Ministers, with backbench MPs oblivious and the public powerless. Trans activists have even published a document describing how their ideology should be sneaked in under the radar and away from democratic scrutiny. It really is increasingly up to the general public to pay attention, stay informed, demand debate and do whatever it takes now to hold our MPs to account.

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