Just how did Scotland get so woke? We constantly hear about how unpopular Sturgeon’s mad policies are to voters, yet she continues to push the country into ever more radical territory. Jenny Hjul has explored this question in the Telegraph. Here’s an excerpt:
The fact that Scotland is at the epicentre of transgender politics is a turn of events that has probably taken most of its inhabitants by surprise. Scots, while far removed from the presbyterian stereotypes, are not so different from other Brits in their social mores.
How then did their country become known as the wokest in the world? A place where a rapist was sent to a female jail after identifying as a woman; where it will be possible, if the Government has its way, for people to change gender without a medical diagnosis; where social engineering has seen middle-class students seemingly outlawed by the top universities; and where the capital city regards meat as an evil to be eradicated from all public sector menus.
The most toxic area is obvious: the trans row. Just before Christmas, the devolved Government in Scotland almost succeeded in its mission to reform gender recognition legislation, removing the need for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria in order to receive a gender recognition certificate, and lowering the age for applicants to 16.
Hurried through, with a host of amendments shouted down, and passed in the Scottish parliament with the complicity of all but the Scottish Tories and a handful of brave renegades from the SNP and Labour, the bill was only halted when blocked by Westminster on the grounds that it would impact the U.K. Equality Act.
Because of laws passed in Scotland, girls’ schools throughout Britain would be guilty of discrimination if they refused entry to biologically male teenagers with gender recognition certificates from Scotland, and single-sex spaces such as hospital wards, changing rooms and toilets would also have to admit biological males.
Of greatest concern among women’s rights campaigners was that predatory men would be able to exploit the new rules to their own ends. However, protesters were branded transphobic for daring to raise such fears and an amendment to stop male sex offenders legally becoming women was thrown out.
But lo and behold! This week a transgender rapist who committed his attacks on vulnerable women as a man was sent to Cornton Vale women’s prison in Stirling to await sentencing.
After a public uproar, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was forced to overrule the Scottish Prison Service and order the prisoner’s relocation. But the fact that the Scottish justice system put a violent man in a women’s prison in the first place suggests a country in the grip of its own identity crisis.
That Scotland should be in the vanguard of such cultural upheaval is at odds with most people’s – including the Scots’ – perception of the Scots.
Hjul goes on to list the many ways Scotland has become hijacked by Sturgeon’s radical agenda. Even for those of us who follow this stuff for a living, it is pretty shocking.
Worth reading in full.