Tim Ne­wark

Daily Express - - SPECIAL REPORT ON DEVASTATION OF SEAS - So­cial com­men­ta­tor

to a fe­male prison. Pre­vi­ously, they had quite rightly re­quired the more rig­or­ous proof of a Gen­der Recog­ni­tion Cer­tifi­cate (GRC) or a doc­tor’s di­ag­no­sis of gen­der dys­pho­ria.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights was then used to over­turn this in favour of a new pol­icy which said that no GRC was needed and it was enough for any­one to claim a dif­fer­ent gen­der to be taken se­ri­ously and placed in a prison en­vi­ron­ment of their choice.

What about the hu­man rights of women sud­denly threat­ened by the im­po­si­tion of a dan­ger­ous male pris­oner pos­ing as woman but with male hor­mones cours­ing through his body? As al­ways these days, it seems to be the mi­nor­ity that shouts the loud­est that gets the most at­ten­tion.

Sadly this Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment seems to be too open to the lat­est fash­ion­able is­sues, keen to jump on any band­wagon they think will en­dear them to the lib­eral elite. Lord knows why, these are not the peo­ple who vote for them.

It is ex­tra­or­di­nary that Theresa May’s Govern­ment is se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing a Gen­der Recog­ni­tion Act which would le­git­imise the process of gen­der self-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. This flies in the face of all com­mon sense and bi­o­log­i­cal re­al­ity. Even af­ter the process of sur­gi­cal and hor­monal re­as­sign­ment, a

IT IS also the thin end of a very fat wedge in which the Western sci­en­tific method is be­ing un­der­mined by the pol­i­tics of de­sire. If I wish it so, it is so, is not the ba­sis for any ra­tio­nal po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion.

This is not the first time a male rapist has tried to ex­ploit trans­gen­der claims to be sent to a fe­male prison. In 2016 Dav­ina Ayr­ton was convicted of rap­ing a 15-year-old school­girl and yet, de­spite hav­ing no re­as­sign­ment surgery, wanted to serve his eight-year sen­tence in a fe­male prison.

Fol­low­ing the 2017 Min­istry of Jus­tice change in the rules it was widely feared his wish might be granted. In the same year male dou­ble-rapist Jes­sica Win­field was moved to a women’s jail af­ter hav­ing a sex change.

It has been es­ti­mated that up to half of trans­gen­der pris­on­ers might be sex of­fend­ers.

It is cer­tainly right that the men­tal is­sues around trans­gen­derism be treated with sen­si­tiv­ity but we should not al­low our sym­pa­thy for the gen­uine an­guish suf­fered by some peo­ple to be ex­ploited by crim­i­nals who see our lib­eral so­ci­ety as a soft touch.

We should also not al­low the bul­ly­ing of a vo­cif­er­ous mi­nor­ity to drown out the le­git­i­mate con­cerns of women who fear that safe spa­ces re­served for them may well be in­vaded by men pos­ing as women for sin­is­ter mo­tives. Some women protesters have been phys­i­cally at­tacked by trans­gen­der cam­paign­ers.

The le­gal re­quire­ments for trans­gen­der recog­ni­tion should not be down­graded by govern­ment. It should not just be a case of don­ning a wig and giv­ing your­self a fe­male name. We all de­serve more re­spect than that.

‘He has ex­ploited our new ma­nia for rights’

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