Tag Archives: free speech

The Morning After the Murray Before

It was at around 9:50am that I realised that yet another Sunday was going to bite the dust, hearing Prue Leith describe Jenni Murray as “brave” for entering the lions den of a debate around trans women. And so yet another of my rare days off was consigned to the dustbin of history. The more […]

Divorcing US parents make their children Republican

Imagine the headline “Divorcing US parents make their children Republican”. You don’t have to, actually – because it’s the headline to this piece. Care to challenge it? Because I’ve got proof. Kellyanne Conway, currently President Trump’s counsellor and the manager for his election campaign, is (a) Republican, (b) the child of divorced US parents. Let’s […]

The Stakes Have Been Raised

News that a trans woman, Tara Hudson, has been imprisoned within a mens’ prison (Horfield, in Bristol) has found its way onto the national media. Over 110,000 people have signed a petition protesting the decision. Reporting within the papers has had the usual degrees of inaccuracy when it comes to understanding gender recognition. But her […]

Free Speech and Changing Narratives

Last week I took advantage of the opportunity offered to me by Maria Miller at the end of the Commons Womens and Equalities Select Committee evidence session on 8 September, and wrote her a letter. Having gone through a fair amount of the written submitted evidence, including those from groups and individuals who don’t believe […]

I fear this isn’t going to end well

From the publication of a letter from 130 academics in The Observer on Saturday decrying the “no platforming” by some universities (or, more specifically, student unions) of various people because of views they espouse, to a letter rather gratuitously headlined “Twitter mob who vowed to kill me over transgender letter have got it all wrong” […]