A senior Labour figure is flat-out denying scientific truth

Brendan O’Neill is wrong about most things but not about the hot new trend of pretending reality can be altered by saying a magic word or two.

Imagine if a politician went on TV and said ‘The Earth is flat’. Or ‘Man didn’t really land on the Moon, you know’. We would worry about that politician’s fitness for public life. Well, Dawn Butler has just done the trans equivalent of that. She appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday and said babies are born without a sex.

There are a lot of things you could say that about. Babies are born without a language. Babies are born without a religion. Babies are born without a driver’s license. Babies are born without a political affiliation. Babies are born without a list of top 10 movies. But a sex? No.

Last week, a group called the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights issued a purge-like document insisting that everyone in the Labour party bow down to the mantra that ‘trans women are women’ and ‘trans men are men’ or risk being branded a transphobic bigot and booted out of the party.

You would think the Labour Party would be a little less eager to shun people who don’t believe men are women than, say, Freethought Blogs.

To put this bluntly, this means if you do not accept that someone with a penis and a beard who calls himself Sharon is a woman — a complete woman, as much as your mother, wife or sister is a woman — then you are a hateful creature who has no place in the Labour party.

And here we are roughly reminded that Brendan O’Neill is wrong about most things. He apparently assumes that women don’t read, or at least don’t read the Spectator. It’s not just your mother, wife or sister who is a woman, Brendan; some eccentric people are actually women themselves. Amazing, isn’t it?

Still, he does say some necessary things.

We need to recognise the seriousness of all this. A senior Labour figure is flat-out denying scientific truth on national TV. Another senior Labour figure is proposing putting male rapists into close, walled quarters with vulnerable women. This is backward thinking. It feels like a kind of hysteria, where otherwise sensible people are saying things that are clearly untrue and even unhinged.

Rather like the alien abduction thing, except that this is political, and doing more harm to women and girls every day.

H/t Lady Mondegreen

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