If you weren’t aware; the Scottish Government’s consultation on GRA reform ends on 17th March.
Anyone in Scotland – indeed, anyone in the UK (or anywhere in the world) can respond. More weight will be given to the responses of people living inside Scotland, but anyone can give their views.
The last two or three years have been a growing wave of anti-trans feeling which has been made “respectable” to the general public by articles and comments by women perceived as speaking as part of mainstream UK feminism when they attack trans women.
They are not speaking as feminists at all when they attack women for being trans: they are just coming out with a rigamarole of nonsense and lies, which I strongly believe is inspired by the US Christian Right promoting anti-trans campaigning.
- Supporting women who are trans is feminism: nothing more, nothing less.
- Disregarding men who are trans and insisting that they are “really” women is sexism and homophobia: nothng more, nothing less.
The first reported case of coronavirus outside China was on 13th January. It was in Thailand, and the patient had come to Thailand from Wuhan Province, in China.
Coronavirus is a virus that originated in an animal – almost certainly one sold live to be killed at home for food – that mutated so that it didn’t just transmit animal-to-human, it could also transmit human-to-human. Its proper name is 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease: coronavirus is a name for a type of virus to which this belongs.
This was first posted on Facebook on nth month 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Emily Thornberry is off the ballot: Labour Party members and affiliated supporters will be voting for Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, or Keir Starmer, to be the Leader of the Opposition from April.
Filed under Politics, Women
This was first posted on Facebook on 14th February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
I know that right now, the fact of Sajid Javid’s resignation as Chancellor, his replacement as Chancellor by a junior minister who was elected MP in 2015 & before that worked for Goldman Sachs, and the fact that Budget Day for the UK is 11th March and it’s pretty evident that though Rishi Sunak will be presenting the Budget in the Commons, Dominic Cummings will be the Budget’s main author – all of this is more than a little overwhelming, and rightly so.
However, I’d ask you also to consider this:
Filed under Brexit, Politics
This was first posted on Facebook on 5th February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
I am not a fan of PMQs.
The format, which alternates grovelling questions from Tories inviting self-praise from the PM, with questions from Labour and from the SNP, isn’t really conductive to anything except letting the Tory PM self-praise and spout BS.
(I am not arguing that Blair or Brown’s PMQs were any better, but the last time I listened to a Labour PM at PMQs was at least a decade ago.)
I listened today because it’s the first PMQs after Brexit, and Boris Johnson was taking them himself instead of squirrelling off somewhere else and handing the job to one of his minions.
This was first posted on Facebook on 4th February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Boris Johnson and his Ministers said a lot of stuff over the weekend about breaking the Withdrawal Agreement.
He may actually mean what he said, but we don’t know if he does, because we can’t trust anything Boris Johnson says.
And at the moment, this is all just words. Lots and lots of wild, distracting, frightening words.
This was first posted on Facebook on 3rd February 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
“There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules on competition policy, subsidies, social protection, the environment, or anything similar any more than the EU should be obliged to accept UK rules,” says Boris Johnson’s pre-written speech for Monday 3rd February, leaked Saturday.
The negotiations are not due to begin til Sunday 1st March, and the trade deal must have been negotiated, checked, translated, and presented to the European Parliament before the close of the penultimate European Parliament plenary session of 2020, which is Thursday 26th November. The UK can ask for an extension on the 31st December deadline if we do so by 30th June, but Boris Johnson has already said he isn’t going to do that.
This was first posted on Facebook at 11pm on 31st January month 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
We’ll be back.
Meantime: Boris Johnson wants you to believe he did “Get Brexit Done” – he’s lying. He’s just landed the UK in a horrible unfixable mess, that’s all.
He won’t want to be reminded to release the Russia report on Russian interference in the 2016 EU referendum – so let’s do it.
And he won’t want to be reminded he promised there’d be £350M a week for the NHS. Make him hear it.
To all EU citizens living in the UK: you are still welcome, and always will be.
This was first posted on Facebook on 31st January 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Boris Johnson says that midnight Brussels time, 11pm in London, when #Brexit begins, represents “a new dawn”.
That would be the new dawn in Singapore – as the “low key celebration” begins in Number 10 Downing Street, the sun rises at 6:55am Singapore Standard Time.