The political spectrum

Disclaimer: An argument stands or falls on its own merits, regardless of who makes it.

I’ve lost count of how often I’ve said the above sentence and I will never stop saying it. Now I’ve updated this page to include it as part of a Disclaimer for Idiots.

Know this: if I consider that someone’s argument, opinion or sharing of their personal life experience may be of interest to readers, I will link to their article or blog, regardless of where they stand on the democratic spectrum. This doesn’t mean I endorse their political opinions about anything else. Responses to this page from more than one trans activist has been to accuse me and other feminists of building alliances with parts of the religious right.

The “evidence” for this absurdity is a couple of the links to American conservatives at the bottom of the page. (Edit: Now moved to a different page here.) Of course, if linking to articles amounts to making alliances, then by the same reasoning I am also in alliance with the British Labour Party, the Tories, the Greens and with various Socialists.

In actual fact, the only people I am in alliance with are feminists and other gender abolitionists, which would seem by definition to exclude the religious right. That doesn’t mean that I rule out the possibility of their having something insightful to say on transgenderism, however. Hope that clarifies.

See also: The Genetic Fallacy

Update 16.03.20: This page was originally called ‘Gender criticism across the political spectrum’. Two years on, I realise I should have called it ‘lack of gender criticism across the political spectrum’. All the major parties, apart from the Tories under Boris Johnson, are still in thrall to transgender ideology.

My feeling of betrayal by the Labour Party, which I have voted for all my life, is stronger than ever. I also disdain the Green Party and the Lib Dems, which are the only other parties I might conceivably vote for. I live in a safe Labour seat and had no compunction about spoiling my ballot paper both in the last general election.

I applaud all of those who are remaining in the parties and fighting for women and I totally understand those who’ve thrown in the towel and left. Given my short fuse with fools and bigots, that’s probably what I would have done if I’d been a member of any of them.

I had originally hoped this page would be full of gender-critical stories written from a variety of political perspectives but I’ve filled it with stories about the various political parties instead.

Making Protest Votes Count

If, after due consideration, you can’t bring yourself to vote for any of the parties and don’t have a decent independent where you are, read this: Making Protest Votes Count

 

The Labour Party

Rosie Duffield: ‘It feels like Gilead where women aren’t allowed to ask questions’ The Times 12.10.20

Keir Starmer’s woman problem Joan Smith 22.09.20

Labour’s transgender civil war has hit a new low Debbie Hayton 12.08.20

Justin Welby defends Rosie Duffield, MP accused of transphobia over cervix tweet The Times 06.08.20

Labour MP Rosie Duffield embroiled in transphobia row after cervical cancer tweet The Scotsman 01.08.20

Labour, trans politics, and misogyny Pilgrim Tucker 30.06.20

Why I was rejected for Labour Party membership and my response Karen Ingala Smith 27.06.20

Labour stands back from gender debate The Times 15.06.20

Boris’s gender change shake-up leaves Labour with a difficult choice James Kirkup in the Spectator 14.06.20

When an MP smears the party’s own members as bigots, it’s time for Keir Starmer to say what women mean to the Labour Party Fair Cop 11.06.20

Open letter to Keir Starmer Fair Cop 10.06.20

The trans rights charter is another way for Labour to put women in their place Suzanne Moore Telegraph 14.03.20

The Trans Debate And The Labour Party Jonathan Rutherford 06.03.20

Jess Phillips sparks fury on Mumsnet after saying ‘trans women are women’ Mail 20.01.20

Tottenham CLP motion on free speech and self-organisation WPUK 31.01.20

Labour activists launch declaration on women’s sex-based rights Morning Star 11.11.19

General election: Labour ‘putting women at risk’ with manifesto trans pledge Sunday Times 24.11.1

Scottish Labour leader: I support ‘self-ID’ for trans people Herald 09.06.19

No wonder feminists have had enough of Jeremy Corbyn and his fellow ‘Brocialists’ Julie Burchill 10.02.19

Women get treated far worse than men in Labour’s transgender debate James Kirkup 26.01.19

LGBT Labour witch hunts WPUK 23.01.19

Labour threatens disciplinary action against member who calls transgender woman ‘a man’ Telegraph 10.11.18

Labour members ‘punished’ over transgender Facebook debate The Times 24.10.18

Spoilt ballot paper May 2018 local council elections

It could have been me Paula Boulton 19.09.18

How John McDonnell wooed Mumsnet James Kirkup 18.09.18

Labour’s refusal to accept the definition of a woman Jo Bartosch 11.09.18

I’ve quit the Labour Party because it has betrayed women Ann Sinnott, former councillor 08.08.18

Labour councillor quits in row over facilities for trans people The Times 31.7.18

The Catch 22 of Labour’s gender policy James Kirkup 23.05.18

How transgender ideology is Destroying the Labour Party Miranda Yardley 07.04.18

Statement on meeting with Dawn Butler on 28 March 2018 Woman’s Place UK

Leftist women in the UK refuse to accept Labour’s attempts to silence critiques of gender identity Meghan Murphy 23.03.18

Letter to UK Leader Jeremy Corby on trans/women’s rights Bea Jaspert 12.03.18

Radical transgender politics are being imposed on Labour’s women with no debate and no mercy Tom Harris, Telegraph 08.03.18

Tanya Love is Telford CLP’s Women’s Officer

A Crisis Of Misogyny: A Plea To The Labour Party Jenni Harvey 07.03.18

A response to the Labour Party’s LGBT+ advisory post Linda Bellos 07.03.18

Labour riven by infighting over gender recognition Guardian 04.03.18

Women are a vital part of the socialist movement – they must be consulted over changes to the Gender Recognition Act Ruth Serwotka 23.0218

Open Letter to Lily Madigan Charlie Rae 31.01.18

Fighting Genderism in Politics Jo Bartosch 21.01.18

Labour’s next civil war is a battle over what it means to be a woman James Kirkup Evening Standard 19.01.18

Fight to bar trans women from Labour shortlists The Times 18.01.18

Open Letter – Stella Creasy Jo Bartosch 08.01.18

Archived: Links to articles about the Labour Party Leadership contest

 

The Conservative Party

The government should tread carefully with ‘gender identity’ ideology Caroline Ffiske 18.10.20

A non-binary tomato walks in to a bar… Caroline Ffiske 15.10.20

Expelled from the Tory Party conference  Jo Bartosch in The Article 08.10.20

New Tory MPs demand reform to Gender Recognition Act The Times 28.08.20

The Tories let in trans mania – now they must drive it out Caroline ffiske 06.04.20

Trans madness in full flow at the BBC Conservative Woman 06.03.20

Video: Jackie Doyle-Price MP on trans rights vs the rights of women 05.03.20

Transgender rights versus women’s privacy David Davies MP

Tory MP David Davies condemned for ‘transphobic’ and ‘abhorrent’ views by party’s official LGBT group Independent 28.01.18

Tory LGBT group sorry over tweet to David Davies BBC 29.01.18

How do you solve a problem like men in women’s changing rooms, Maria? Janis Turner interview with Maria Miller in The Times 29.07.17

‘Male’ and ‘female’ should be dropped from government forms, say MPs Telegraph 14.6.16

If the Tories think pushing transgender rights will win the next election, they are deluded Stephen Glover Daily Mail 05.07.17

Tory who campaigned for mixed-sex toilets resigns from party after child sex offence accusations

Middlesbrough Council to trial to gender-neutral toilets The Northern Echo 10.07.19

Jo Swinson’s disastrous leadership

An interview with Jo Swinson that demonstrates her total disregard for the harm being done to women by transgenderism can be read here.

Swinson (left) poses with Challenor

Lib Dems on the brink: Swinson’s ‘self-identification’ pledge leaves women groups outraged Daily Express 15.11.19

Jo Swinson is proving a disaster for her party. The media response to her disgraceful public comments about women and transgenderism has been unprecedented but I expect the trans cultists will be sending her lots of supportive messages, which will make her feel all warm and gooey inside.

The Times view on the risks of gender self-identification: The Gender Trap The Times 10.12.19

Jo Swinson has finally made the BBC do its job on trans rights James Kirkup 09.12.19

Jo Swinson is no feminist – she’s thrown women under the bus in her pursuit of the woke vote Julie Bindel 09.12.19

Believing six impossible things before breakfast: Jo Swinson on the Today Programme Maya Forstater 09.12.19

Jo Swinson’s feminist credentials are a joke Sarah Ditum 03.12.19

 

The Aimee Challenor debacle

Aimee Challenor (see under Green Party below) has now joined the Lib Dems is getting a warm welcome on Twitter.

Oh! Quelle surprise… Transgender activist Aimee Challenor no longer in Coventry Liberal Democrats post – amid investigation into safeguarding complaints Coventry Observer 01.11.19

Election 2019: Transgender campaigner suspended by Lib Dems The Times 09.11.19

 

 

Helen Belcher would-be Lib Dem MP owes Janice Turner, award-winning Times columnist, an apology

Some time ago I posted about how the trans cult bullies tried to prevent Times columnist, Janice Turner, from winning a prestigious award. At the time Janice commented that “a trans campaigner judge at another journalism awards resigned after I was shortlisted, making a horrific, wholly unproven link between my work and the suicide of children.” Janice Turner subsequently wrote a piece in response to the accusation, entitled Suicide should never be a political weapon, naming the trans activist as Helen Belcher. Belcher then submitted a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) about the piece.

Thankfully sanity has prevailed. Janice has announced on Twitter that IPSO have published their ruling rejecting every one of Belcher’s allegations against her.

I note without surprise that Helen Belcher aspires to be the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham. The Lib Dems have happily given a political home to some unbelievably nasty entitled misogynistic males like Belcher, Zoe O’Connell, Sarah Brown and Aimee Challenor, as well as peers like the idiot Brian Paddick and the execrable Liz Barker.

 

Election 2019: Would you want to vote for a party that wouldn’t want you as a member?

For a party calling itself ‘liberal’ they seem to be a rather illiberal bunch. Spotted on Twitter – an exchange between a feminist and an anonymous representative of the party’s ‘Diversity Team’, who makes it clear a diversity of opinions is unwelcome.

The Green Party

Fantastic piece by Bea Campbell: Bad Dreams …Greens and Gender Beatrix Campbell 08.07.20

 

Green Party gets child abuse report it paid for Bea Campbell 14.01.19

Green party failed to properly investigate child abuser – report Guardian 12.01.19

Green Party Verita Report: Safeguarding Failures in Challenor Case Conatus News 11.01.19

In England’s Green and Pleasant Land Bea Campbell 27.09.18 (Update: 03.10.18 A formal complaint has been lodged against Beatrix Campbell demanding her expulsion/suspension from the Green Party simply for writing this article.)

Debate breaks out in Green Party over gender identity and trans rights Left Foot Forward 07.09.18

Green Party figures knew Equality Spokesperson’s father had been charged with sexual offences Left Foot Forward 05.09.18

How Caroline Lucas fell foul of the transgender thought police James Kirkup 04.09.18

 

As an aggressive, misogynistic male-born trans person from a seriously disadvantaged background, having spent years in care and with, so far as I’m aware, no tertiary education, Aimee Challenor had a meteoric rise since joining the Green Party three years ago. In keeping with Green Party policy, Challenor campaigns for gender self-ID for transgender people with the inevitable erosion in legal protections for women that this will entail.

Sandy Mannering lampoons the Green Party leader

Challenor stood for the Green Party in both the last general election and in the Coventry City Council elections held on 3 May 2018. On 22 August 2018 at the end of an 11-day trial, David Challenor, who is Aimee’s father and chosen election agent and who already had a conviction for animal cruelty, was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for the torture and rape of a 10-year-old girl, in the attic of the Challoner family home.

Man held 10-year-old girl captive in ‘torture den’ attic as he played out sadomasochistic fantasies Independent

At the time of David Challoner’s conviction, Aimee was standing for the deputy leadership of the Green Party and, according to this article in the Sunday Times, initially resolved not to stand down but eventually did so and put out this personal statement.

Meanwhile, the Green Party had put out a statement claiming they knew nothing of the allegations against their member and pledging to support Aimee Challenor in “her” hour of need. This was replaced within hours with a second Green Party statement saying Aimee was resigning from the Deputy Leadership race.

After an abysmal Guardian article by party leader, Caroline Lucas, which revealed her utter failure to understand the errors made by her party, Aimee was finally “suspended on a no-fault basis” pending an investigation nine days after the news of David Challenor’s conviction had broken.

Here is the latest statement: Green Party announces details of independent investigation

Videos:

On the Challenors. Lisa Muggeridge

Why it matters that Aimee Challenor is trans. Lisa Muggeridge

Power, Accountability and The Green Party Miranda Yardley

On 4th September 2018, after Caroline Lucas publicly announced that she was arranging to meet representatives from A Woman’s Place UK, Challoner announced on Twitter that he was resigning from the Green Party.

 

Quite apart from all that the Green Party is earning a terrible reputation among feminists, not least because of the notorious use of the term ‘non-men’.

Read:  An open letter to the Green Party from Womens Voices Matter

An awesome feminist and former electoral candidate for the Green Party, Olivia Palmer, was expelled from the party for standing up for women. See her blog Perspicats for several good articles, including the following:

The Genderquake debate fiasco and the McCarthyism that followed

Green Party must accept failings in its dealings with David Challenor

There there’s….

No Country for ‘Non-Men’: How The Green Party is Trying to Oust an Elected Labour LGBT Officer  Miranda Yardley April 2018

Another expulsion from the Green Party

See also from Green people:

Newly elected Green councillor says it is “scientifically impossible for a man to become a woman” JUS News 03.05.19

Dawn Furness speaking at A Woman’s Place is Standing her Ground:  Newcastle upon Tyne 24th May 2018

TRANS/formations Beatrix Campbell

Gender is not an identity, it is a tool of patriarchy: a feminist view of gender-identity politics Gender Critical Greens

 

The Scottish Green Party

The biggest w***** of them all may be the leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie.

Patrick Harvie accused of smear over claim parliament was ‘platform for transphobic hatred’ 23.06.19

Patrick Harvie shares blog calling SNP politician a “w*****” The Scotsman 23.04.19

This just beggars belief! ‘Sinister’ warning after Green MSP’s meeting apology The Sunday Times 09.05.19

The Women’s Equality Party

The WEP introduces itself on its website to, as “a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men – so that all can flourish.” Enough already! Their website could just as easily be called Peak Liberal Feminism – assuming the diabolical Everyday Feminism site hasn’t already claimed the title.

Follow the wonderful @sandydrawsbadly on Twitter

Frankly, I would have forgotten all about the WEP, were it not for their horrendous treatment of Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans who was Party’s spokeswoman on violence against women and girls and who has now resigned from the WEP altogether.

In November 2017, as a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme, Heather committed the heinous crime of criticising transgender doctrine as applied to children, while defending the right of transgender adults to define themselves however they want. This staggeringly sensible viewpoint drew three complaints from transgender members of the WEP, who accused her “promoting prejudice against the transgender community”. It also earned her a ‘no-platforming’ from medical students at King’s College London, whose Reproductive and Sexual Health Society cancelled a talk they’ve invited her to give on the subject of pornography and the sexualisation of young women. Heather is a research fellow at King’s.

After an “investigation” by the WEP, it was recommended that Heather should not continue in her role as a spokeswoman for the Party and she promptly resigned her membership.

Heather’s Public Statement to the WEP when first suspended

Statement In Support Of Heather Brunskell-Evans on Transgender Trend website

Barred academic Heather Brunskell-Evans warns of cowardice over trans issues Times  23.11.17

Any other stories about the WEP

Women’s Equality Party runs consultation on self-identification for trans people Guardian 17.09.20

The SNP

It’s fair to say the Scottish National Party have drunk the gender ideology kool-aid. Amongst their frightfully silly ideas is that we should “allow non-binary people to record their gender as “X” on passports and all other UK-wide records and identity documents.”

They‘ve got had a councillor in Dundee called Gregor Murray, who sounds a right nasty piece of work.

Dundee councillor Gregor Murray quits SNP over party’s ‘institutional transphobia’ Dundee Courier 15.05.19

Dundee councillor suspended for two months after breaching code of conduct over ‘abusive’ messages Dundee Courier 15.05.19

SNP Councillor Gregor Murray launched into a stream of explicit tirades on Saturday following reports of an anti-trans protest at a London Pride event. Dundee Courier 12.07.18

 

On the other hand, they’ve also got heroes like Joan McAlpine, Joanna Cherry and Ruth Maguire

SNP equalities chief in row over trans rights comments The Herald 17.03.19

Joan McAlpine receives online abuse for remarks on sex and gender The Scotsman 31.03.19

Joan McAlpine defies ‘bullies’ in sex and gender dispute The Scotsman 07.04.19

At last, an MP brave enough to say: Twitter hates women James Kirkup 02.05.19

Shame about their current leader.

Nicola Sturgeon criticised in leaked conversation on trans rights The Scotsman 17.04.19

 

More SNP links, newest at the top

Alex Massie: SNP must recognise gender reform pitfalls The Sunday Times 27.09.20

Mhairi Black calls for the SNP to admit transphobia The Times 30.06.20

Malcolm Clark on John Nicholson MP (pdf) 14.05.20

SNP must get its act together on gender bill Jenny Mara Sunday Times 15.03.20

Nicola Sturgeon must defend women’s rights or lose the next election Iain Macwhirter 04.03.20

Joanna Cherry tells party to tackle trans-activist trolls The Times 02.03.20

SNP has ‘no mandate’ for sex self declaration, campaigners claim The Scotsman 24.02.20

SNP members ‘victims of LGBT campaign’ The Times 06.12.19

I will not suppress my views on gender, says Joanna Cherry, SNP hopeful The Times 23.11.19

Several women ‘close to quitting SNP over gender recognition plans’ Guardian 14.10.19

SNP group formed to uphold rights of women amid transgender row The Scotsman 13.10.19

Candidates for SNP Women’s Convener offered ‘protection’ advice The National 12.10.19

No-Independence Day (about Mhairi Black MSP) Wings Over Scotland  04.07.19

An SNP politician’s lonely fight in the gender identity debate Spectator 07.05.19

More stories about Scotland are linked to from here.

 

Plaid Cymru

The current leader, Leanne Wood, is another kool-aid drinker who wrote this rubbish article illustrating her total failure –  whether due to unwillingness or inability is unclear – to engage with the issues. There are some great responses though.

 

Socialists

Simplistic politics and online ‘cancel culture’ drive working-class people away from the left Kristina Harrison 31.01.20

Women, class and gender – a Communist perspective Mary Davis Morning Star 08.03.19

The Left has forgotten what feminism looks like Julie Bindel 10.09.18

Why do we need a new women’s movement? Ruth Serwotka Morning Star 08.03.18

The gender debate is dividing the left. We mustn’t forget that our unity is our strength Trish Lavelle Morning Star 03.03.18

Squashing Trans Rights Activism Lisa Muggeridge