by Colin Campbell
SHRILL Canadian Lorna Slater, co-leader of the Green Party, has had another go at stoking up division over “trans rights”.
Slater this week outrageously compared people opposed to elements of the new “trans agenda” to racists and anti-semites.
Slater and her co-leader Patrick Harvie prop up the SNP Government to give them a so-called independence majority at Holyrood. So she has free rein to say anything she likes.
Most SNP supporters aren’t much different in their social attitudes from those of us who can’t stand Slater, Harvie and Sturgeon.
They no more believe that an issue affecting less than one per cent of the population deserves the massive publicity and exposure it’s being given than any of the rest of us.
But the SNP/Green Transgender Transphobia Government fixates on this issue and blows it up into something which an alien landing from Mars would assume directly affected every household in Scotland.
We have never before seen anything as mystifying and bizarre as their outright obsession with it.
Sturgeon and her cohorts want people to be able to “self identify” as and when they please without restrictions or restraint. That is controversial, but acrimony and ill feeling could be killed stone dead if Sturgeon, Slater and their “trans activists” accepted they can’t have everything they want and backed off on just three aspects of their agenda.
The vast majority of people do not believe men who choose to become women should be allowed to compete at a high level in female sports. They have an inbuilt physical advantage which no amount of medication can remove.
The recent spectacle of hulking trans swimmer Lia Thomas looming over the natural women he had left trailing in an American championship event was the most vivid example of competitive farce we’ve seen so far. Olympic swimming icon Sharon Davies has been a leading voice against this travesty, rightly pointing out that it is blatantly biased against girls and women who have trained for thousands of hours to compete in their events, only to lose out to a competitor with all the natural advantages of male strength.
If this spreads – and it is spreading – women who want to fairly achieve success might as well pack it in and not even bother competing. They will lose out every time to a man who previously achieved only mediocre results – as Thomas did – in male competition.
If Thomas and others want to identify as women that’s their right. But they can’t have everything. And that includes brazenly inserting them into the female sports arena and emerging as false champions, while natural women are cast into their shadow.
Keep this stuff out of schools, and primary schools in particular. The claim that “unisex toilets” reduces bullying is an obvious invention and fabrication. But what it can lead to is a five or six year old girl sharing the same toilet space with a 12 year old boy, and virtually no one believes that’s right. And if infants for some lunatic reason are brought into the debate over the options for changing their gender, sooner or later some enraged parent is going to kick down doors to “discuss” the issue with the person involved. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already, maybe because teachers themselves know it’s wrong and unacceptable and at heart want nothing to do with it.
And first and foremost, Sturgeon, Slater and Harvie can introduce any new law they like but women are NEVER going to accept sharing female changing rooms with members of the human race with male genitals, no matter how they choose to dress.
This will never be accepted at venues like the Inverness leisure centre. If laws are changed then this only needs to happen once. The reaction would reverberate throughout the building. Staff might be unable to control it. Women can be fiercer than men when provoked and a man dressed as a woman would cause all hell to break loose in female changing rooms when he undressed.
Take the case of the leisure centre as just an example. If a small changing room had to be built for those who identify as trans women some people would be unhappy that funds were being diverted to do that. It would mean a relatively small reduction in money available for facilities used by everyone else who goes there. But we could surely live with that, and the feelings of the miniscule number of trans people affected by this would be treated with consideration and respect.
It’s called compromise.
No trans women in top level sport, none of the trans propaganda in primary schools, and no men claiming to be women in female changing rooms.
If the trans people and Sturgeon and co accepted these restrictions and modifications to their demands then everything else would pass people by and trans people could get on with living how they liked. There would be no acrimony and nothing much to debate.
But Lorna Slater and those of her ilk seem determined to stir this up at every opportunity, rather than modify their views and seek general accord.
Their reasons for doing this are completely unclear. The vast majority of people have no prejudice or ill feeling against trans people in this enlightened day and age.
It’s the perverse and divisive attitude of Sturgeon, Slater and Harvie that sickens and alienates them.