DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Lack of trans advice is failing our schools
When parents send their children to school, they must have the utmost confidence that they will be safe.
They implicitly trust teachers to act in loco parentis, that is, to care for all students as if they were their own offspring.
But a damning report released today by the Policy Exchange think tank reveals in a disturbing number of cases that this is not happening.
Many secondary schools, fueled by ideologically driven sexist fanaticism, are accused of jeopardizing the well-being of children by flagrantly breaking protective rules.
Alarmingly, seven out of ten schools said that if a child announced they were trans, their parents would not be told.
Many secondary schools, fueled by ideological fanaticism for the genre, are accused of jeopardizing the wellbeing of children by blatantly breaking safeguard rules (file photo)
It is hard to imagine a worse abrogation of liability. This not only severs the sacred bond between parent and child, but if a teacher without psychological expertise encourages social transition, they risk setting a student on the path to irreversible medical treatment that they may later regret.
It is also deeply worrying that so many schools have removed single-sex washrooms and changing rooms. Whatever transgender ideologues say, this puts girls at greater risk from predators of male students.
Teachers who challenge this bizarre gender dogma, often pushed by lobby group Stonewall, run into terrible trouble – facing a reprimand or worse.
When advice for schools on trans students is so much needed, it’s unforgivable that Education Secretary Gillian Keegan is dragging her feet. Every day the government dithers, the well-being of children is sacrificed on the altar of identity politics.
Crazy race to net zero
One of the big bonuses of Brexit was finally taking back control of our laws.
However, did anyone think that deviating from EU rules would mean speeding up, not slowing down, the mad dash to net zero?
As part of the government’s ‘green’ strategy, a ban on new petrol and diesel cars will begin in 2030, rental homes face strict energy efficiency targets and there will be greater reliance on fuel. solar and wind energy.
But how much will it cost, who will pay – and will it even succeed? No one denies global warming. But the UK is only responsible for 1% of global CO2 emissions.
We need policies based on rational analysis, not the hysteria of climate alarmists. We must ensure energy security and not become impoverished.
Our green dream should be the springboard for a leap forward, not a leap into the dark.
As part of the government’s ‘green’ strategy, the ban on new petrol and diesel cars will start in 2030 (file photo)
Victory for freedom of expression
Of the many threats to freedom of the press – and by extension to democracy – perhaps the most insidious is Section 40 of the Crimes and Courts Act.
Stitched after the Leveson Inquiry by politicians exposed as spending cheats, this draconian legislation would force non-state-regulated newspapers (i.e. the vast majority) to pay the legal costs of anyone suing – win or lose!
A monstrous inversion of justice would have a chilling effect on investigative journalism and give evildoers a weapon to silence critics.
It’s a major victory for free speech that Lucy Frazer, the impressive Culture Secretary, has pledged to repeal Section 40.
The only losers from the abolition of such an unjust law are those who have things to hide.
- In another self-interested intervention, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey demanded a crackdown on the use of liability-driven investing by pension funds, which has brought the UK economy to the brink of the collapse last fall. Yet the Bank itself ignored repeated warnings about their dangers. As early as 2017, Lord Wolfson warned they were a “ticking time bomb”. The next boss is known for his insightful economic analysis. If only Mr. Bailey possessed such admirable qualities!