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'Gender Identity' Has Claimed Its First Major Political Casualty In Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon
She will not be the last
Having wedded herself to disastrous “self-ID” legislation, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is divorcing the Scottish government.
“That Nicola Sturgeon's resignation has come today is, clearly, a surprise to just about everyone in Scottish politics,” lies Phillip Sim, an actual journalist employed by the BBC.
Sim mentions Sturgeon’s ‘gender reform’ legislation dismissivley in his last sentence. However, he reports that Sturgeon “said she had been wrestling with the decision for some weeks,” which amounts to the same thing.
How many is “some weeks”? According to dictionaries, that word means more than one, but not many. Let’s be fair and say that by “some weeks,” Sturgeon is admitting that this has been on her mind for eight weeks.
What was happening exactly eight weeks ago? Oh yes, Nicola was passing the Gender Recognition Reform Bill to make “self-ID” the law of the land, allowing any man to '“identify” as a woman with some paperwork and a three-month waiting period. Yes, that happened eight weeks ago, almost to the day.
Sturgeon pushed the bill through despite the protests of feminists, rape victim advocates, women in sports, dads with daughters, and other sane people. The Scottish public hates Sturgeon’s bill, but no one in her Scottish National Party did any polling prior to the debate.
They thought they were on the right side of history, after all.
Then, having rammed the legislation through Holyrood on behalf of the Green Party, which made it central to their participation in her coalition government, by convincing SNP members to reject a series of amendments that, among other things, would have exempted prisons from the legislation, Sturgeon lost control of events.
First, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak blocked the bill, which he can do. Sturgeon vowed to fight for it anyway, and furthermore to fight for Scottish independence again. She had doubled down again, and too soon.
Whereas the mainstream press had entirely ignored the impact of “gender identity” on women and children until the legislation passed, once it became law in a free society, news outlets stopped ignoring it.
Scotland had men in their women’s prisons already. However, the revelations surrounding Isla Bryson, born Adam Graham, a still-intact rapist sent to Cornton Vale prison in January after his conviction, were a direct result of media organizations holding the Scottish government to account.
That is a sea change, and it has swept Nicola Sturgeon out to sea.
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One after another, every point that Scottish women made against the legislation was being proven correct. The madness of Sturgeon’s policy was having real-world impacts that make her, and her government, and her party, look awful.
Last week, a 53 year-old Scottish cross-dresser kidnapped an 11 year-old girl and held her for over a day. As “Amy George,” Andrew Miller was a big fan of Sturgeon’s law on Facebook, where he had also announced his “transition.”
Pressed for answers on the prison issue, Sturgeon had repeatedly stumbled, used “preferred pronouns,” refused to say whether an intact rapist is a man. Suddenly, Sturgeon faced the prospect of new, more challenging questions.
Like: Do you think Andrew Miller is a woman?
What pronouns will you use for Miller?
If Miller is or isn’t a woman, then why or why not?
What makes Miller less or more of a man than, say, convicted rapist “Isla Bryson”?
Do you still maintain that giving Andrew Miller a gender recognition certificate poses no risk to women and girls?
What is the material difference between a man kidnapping and/or raping women and girls on the one hand, and a man named Amy kidnapping and/or raping women and girls on the other?
Instead of risking those questions, Sturgeon’s very next press conference was her resignation announcement.
When I broke publicly with progressive politics over the gender identity cult, I warned scores of (now former) friends and allies that this would happen.
I suggested they try polling questions in plain language, such as “Do you agree intact rapists should be housed in women’s prisons if they say they are transgender?” They never answered on this point because they cannot answer. They know the answer. They know that none of this shite will stand up to debate, thus “this is not a debate.”
Instead, their responses varied between “deny everything” and private messages asking me to quiet down, stop making a fuss please.
We know you are right about men in women’s prisons and sports and spaces, they said. We know you are probably right about the kids being harmed. But we have to keep our eyes on the bigger picture, they said. The larger cause.
Nicola Sturgeon is a cautionary tale in larger causes being sacrificed to the gender gods. She will not be the last western politician who comes to regret their endorsement of the gender identity cult over the democratic objections of a majority. She is a harbinger of more to come. Unlike the epic tragedy at Tavistock, no BBC editor can prevent this truth from getting out.