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On the matter of empathy

On the matter of empathy

The sex that is being denied a name – in the name of “empathy” On Monday, The National newspaper in Scotland published an article by Stephen Paton, one of their regular columnists “Shameful antitrans activitst lack empathy in latest attacks”. His point was that there should have been enthusiastic support for yet another Day of Trans Remembrance for all the numberless people who have allegedly died as victims of transphobia. Stephen Paton said...

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No Problem?  No Evidence.

No Problem? No Evidence.

Claims by Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, and Engender have been used to support the campaign for self ID of "gender". I asked for their evidence. On 16 May I sent  the following letter to Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) and to Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS).  I also sent a copy to the Scottish Government asking them if they had asked for the evidence before using the claims of "no problem". “Dear... I am writing on behalf of a...

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Red Flags and Crossed Bridges: why uncriticially adopting transgender theory and policies harms children

Red Flags and Crossed Bridges: why uncriticially adopting transgender theory and policies harms children

On the harmful impact of transgender theory and policies on children - speech given to For Women.Scot meeting on 31st January 2019 Thank you very much for asking me to speak tonight. I am aware that there are many women who have done more than I have and who know more than I do and I hope that we will be able to hear from all of them. (Murray Blackburn and McKenzie Consultancy and Susan Sinclair of scottish-women.com and the great work that...

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To get justice in Scotland, you must be rich or popular

To get justice in Scotland, you must be rich or popular

If there is one thing that we citizens might agree on, in the wake of Alex Salmond’s successful legal challenge, it is that we need to have a shedload of money to take on our government. Alex Salmond’s successful crowdfunding appeal safeguarded his own personal financial security. By contrast, the government did not need to seek our support before setting out to defend itself vigorously in court with our money. Then it lost our money. But the same civil servants are still in charge.

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Petition to the Scottish Parliament

Petition to the Scottish Parliament

I gave evidence to the Petitions Committee in November 2017 in support of Mr. Mackie’s petition calling for a review of the children protection and children’s care system in Scotland. This links to my comments on the points that the Government has made.

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Stand up for social work by joining BASW

Guest blog from Maggie Mellon, Vice Chair of The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Community Care has reported less than a tenth of the profession are involved in the debate following the College of Social Work’s closure announcement. I want as many people as possible to get involved in talking about social work, we must defend and promote our profession and not expect others to do it on our behalf. Here’s my case for why social...

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