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I felt depressed that it had taken over 20 years for these grievous mistakes to be rectified. But I think I have described how, with infuriating slowness, politics does sometimes work.
We comprise half the electorate. You’re either with us – or with those on the left who can’t even bring themselves to define us.
The Scottish Secretary, understated in his public utterances, “often makes the wittiest interjections in Cabinet discussions”.
A bolder government would not win every battle it fought, but it would win more than one that never gave battle at all.
The First Minister insists that transwomen are women, but defends a separate policy towards placing them in the male prison estate.
There is no splitting the difference between the centre ground of British public opinion and an extreme minority of activist bullies.
So far public opinion has failed to rally behind the First Minister on either the constitutional principle or the substance of the s35 row.
They didn’t get a surge when the UK Internal Market Act passed and saw only a temporary one after their Supreme Court defeat. What about now?
It is absurd to demand that the Conservatives stop waging the culture war when the other side continues to advance at pace.
Different people mature at different speeds. The age at which freedoms are granted should be one that does the least harm to the greatest number.
But the Labour Leader distances himself from changes backed by Scottish colleagues as he upholds the “primacy of the Equality Act which is very important when it comes to safe spaces.”
There is no point having Westminster build safeguards into devolution legislation if no government will actually use them.
At the heart of the controversy lies the concerns of many women’s groups that a policy of self-ID of gender will leave women and girls vulnerable to males abusing the system to gain access to spaces reserved to females.
The UK’s equalities framework looks set to fragment because whilst the Equality Act is reserved, the Gender Recognition Act is not.
But with a nuanced approach, the Tories can address areas of concern without alienating a vital, more liberal-minded part of their electoral coalition.