Why I had to leave The Guardian

Nov 26, 2020 by

by Suzanne Moore, UnHerd:

It is March 2020. For several months now I have been trying to write something — anything — about the so-called “trans debate” in my Guardian column. But if I ever slip a line in about female experience belonging to people with female bodies, and the significance of this, it is always subbed out. It is disappeared. Somehow, this very idea is being blocked, not explicitly, but it certainly isn’t being published. My editors say things like: “It didn’t really add to the argument”, or it is a “distraction” from the argument.

[…]  Maybe they were steering me away from certain subjects because they thought they were dealing with some mad old bint, or maybe they were scared and had been indoctrinated into the cult of righteousness that the Guardian embodies. At its best, the paper deserves to see itself as a beacon of the Left, but lately it has been hard to define what the Left consists of beyond smug affirmation. During the Corbyn years the paper had a difficult job to do: support Labour but to be honest about Corbyn and his cronies’ monstrous failings.


So, I finally get to write a piece on trans issues. And 338 “colleagues” write a letter of complaint to the editor, alluding to that column.

Now, six months on, I have resigned. And I am still trying to work out why I have been treated so appallingly.

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Read also:  Sorry, Suzanne, you’ve been Guardianed by Paul T Horgan, The Conservative Woman

[…]  Moore is not without sin. All that has happened to her is that she has been on the receiving end of the same kind of ideological intolerance she was perfectly capable of meting out herself, the same kind of blind partisanship that saw her erstwhile paper see the election of an extremist socialist government with a proven reputation for open anti-Semitic harassment as more important than the fate of the co-religionists of six million men, women, and children who, within living memory, were ruthlessly selected for industrialised murder by an extremist national socialist government.

When hundreds of girls were raped in a managed, organised, and probably commercialised fashion by men of mainly Pakistani heritage in Rotherham, Moore decided that everyone was to blame, rather than look at the kind of political culture championed by people like her that made dealing with crimes which are concentrated in an ethnic minority impossible to address, officials being afraid of career-ending accusations of racism by those in thrall to the Guardians kind of perverse thinking.

That wilful blindness pales into insignificance when compared with the intolerance she displayed in 2012.

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