J.Okay. Rowling and I have been on reverse facets of a political debate and she’s tackled me on Twitter in a manner which was now not altogether pleasant. I was left with the stable impact that you don’t mess with J.Okay!
Nevertheless I’m an admirer. She has been sufferer of a most vicious witch-hunt, trolling on social media and even had death threats because of her views on gender identification and transgender rights.
She starts from the premise that females have a accurate to be safe from fear of abuse and violence. No one can doubt that she’s a feminist who’s fighting to present protection to hard-received females’s rights from transgender activists seeking to erode them.
On Sunday, J.Okay. was a shock visitor – she may now not be billed as a panellist because of issues for her safety – at a females’s rights match in Glasgow to speak on sexism and bullying.
Or now not it’s believed to be the first time she’s appeared in public to speak about her fortify for females-entirely spaces since becoming a hate figure for the trans foyer.
JK Rowling attends the World Premiere of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets and ways Od Dumbledore” at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022
NADINE DORRIES: Apart from occasional feedback on crazy headlines about midwives referring to ‘chest-feeding’ rather than breastfeeding, I’ve saved my head down
I agree together with her stance – she speaks for therefore many of us – although I do know many youthful of us finish now not. Their views are very clear. J.Okay. is sinister, the trans foyer is accurate; Terfs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists whose views on gender identification are regarded as opposed to trans of us) are the scum of the earth; and there have to be no feminism that excludes self-identifying trans females (men who identify as females).
If I’m being legal it be a area I’ve largely avoided. Apart from occasional feedback on crazy headlines about midwives referring to ‘chest-feeding’ rather than breastfeeding, I’ve saved my head down.
While J.Okay. Rowling has shown her critics she’s too colossal to cancel, that is now not fair of the relaxation of us. The trans foyer and organisations such as Stonewall and Mermaids have done a brilliantly effective job of working their way into the heart of British life and imposing their agenda.
Too many institutions – from the police and universities, to local authorities and the NHS – appear to be in thrall to an ideology which the vast majority now not entirely disagree with but find dangerous in terms of prescribing puberty blockers to younger of us or radical surgical operation.
The staunch news is that basic sense is beginning to prevail, and extra of us are looking at the facts. I’ve accurate started listening to a podcast, The Witch Trials Of J.Okay. Rowling, on the recommendation of some of the younger of us I work with.
It has altered their opinion on the tactics extinct by the trans foyer and the ridiculous virtue signalling around trans complications in all walks of life.
Let me be clear, I passionately imagine in personal freedom and an individual’s accurate to live as they resolve.
Nevertheless where the rights of one fraction of society infringe on the rights of another, then there wants to be legal debate and hard decisions made about what is fair. J.Okay. is a brave woman.
It have to be hard to maintain fighting and hard to bear all the vitriol and worse that it invites.
Nevertheless thank goodness she’s there to bring basic sense and wisdom to one among the most poisonous complications of our time.
Ageing hospitals plagued by rats and mice, as the Mail reported yesterday, are nothing original. In the Nineteen Eighties I was working as a nurse at Myrtle Road Adolescence’s Hospital in Liverpool and be aware all too clearly discovering a baby in an incubator with a cockroach lodged in its feeding tube. It was hasty dealt with by the indomitable night matron who’d considered it all before and the baby was unharmed.
News Why the world will always fancy you, fearless Dolly
Dolly Parton says she is unafraid of losing her $650million fortune because, having grown up in abject poverty in Tennessee, she knows the way to outlive. I catch that.
The expertise of real hardship puts hearth in the belly, and no matter how successful or wealthy you develop into, it never goes away.
Nor does the fear worm: the niggling fear that one day it may amble catastrophically sinister and you have to be prepared for it. That’s why Dolly is such an inspiration. A great talent but her fearlessness is what makes us fancy her.
Dolly Parton says she is unafraid of losing her $650million fortune because, having grown up in abject poverty in Tennessee, she knows the way to outlive
…And talking of fearless females, I am in awe of both Angela Rippon, seventy nine, on Strictly, and Madonna, 65, as she kicked off her world tour in London at the weekend. They are testament to the advantages of keeping active in later life. Having gone by way of surgical operation earlier this year, the slowness of my restoration was a shock. Had I been healthier, it may minute doubt have been faster. I am now a convert to Pilates and while I’m now not reasonably up to the splits (Angela) or of gyrating, pelvic grinds and thrusts (Madonna), give me a year…
News When you don’t fancy what a man is doing, blame his wife
Or now not it’s acknowledged as Macbeth Syndrome: When you don’t fancy what a man is up to, blame his wife. And the latest example was revealed in the distasteful WhatsApp messages which emerged last week as part of the Covid Inquiry.
The exchanges between Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, Dominic Cummings (be aware him, the crazy man who drove to Barnard Castle in lockdown to examine his eyesight?) and his underling Lee Cain, instructed that Boris Johnson was making decisions on Covid restrictions based on his wife Carrie’s wants.
The messages have been despatched in the accelerate-up to the second lockdown in the autumn of 2020. Our then PM was doing all he may to maintain as grand as that you can imagine launch, but was facing stable opposition from key advisers, including Cummings and Michael Gove (who have operated as a political pair for wisely over 20 years).
I served as a Health Minister for the duration of Covid, so I do know the messages have been referring to a proposal we have been developing on the advice of Public Health England (PHE) to introduce regional ‘circuit breakers’ to gradual Covid transmission in parts of the nation where the NHS was at threat of becoming overwhelmed, particularly in Labour-led Wales.
Dilapidated high minister Boris Johnson with his wife Carrie Johnson in Westminster, London, for the launch of a campaign to forestall release of Robert Brown on July 11
It was specialist stuff and in no way a Boris’s initiative, let alone his wife’s.
The idea Carrie, who’d now not long given birth to her first baby, was consulting with PHE or the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford is totally absurd.
Carrie is a political wife who has followed in the footsteps of Samantha Cameron. She never gets involved in coverage or makes feedback to the media. Nevertheless she was an easy target for folks that wished to finish her husband harm.
The bigger seek information from is what on earth was Simon Case doing on a secret WhatsApp thread with two senior political advisers and making derogatory feedback about the PM’s wife? Case is the most senior mandarin with an obligation to remain impartial and to place an example to the Civil Provider. What makes it worse is that he was then entirely a month into the job.
Questions over Case’s habits are multiplying. He sat in on each significant coverage meeting, so I develop now not imagine he really idea Carrie was influencing the PM’s decisions. What is clear to me is Case was scared of Cummings – who appointed him – and the then Head of Press at No10 Cain, and joined in the sexist banter because he didn’t want to upset them.
He has neither the moral fibre nor the integrity to lead the Civil Provider and must resign.
The message flying around Labour MPs is: ‘Accomplish now not **** it up.! Say nothing, finish nothing, it be working.’ They aren’t sinister. It appears that refraining from saying or doing anything of outcome’s boosting the party’s ratings as we limber up for a general election. Starmer’s coverage-free conference speech last week is a high example. In contrast, almost each single measure announced by Rishi Sunak sends my party’s ratings plummeting. Maybe we must apply Labour’s lead. I’m determined most of the population can be extremely gratified.