“In some quarters it is considered ‘transphobic’ to even note that Isla Bryson was once Adam Graham.” – Alex Massie in The Spectator
The Guardian today, January 25th 2023:
Politicians, campaigners and a UN special rapporteur have all expressed grave concerns that a transgender woman found guilty of raping two women before transitioning is being remanded in a female prison.
Opponents of the Scottish government’s gender recognition reforms 1 – which the UK government has blocked from going for royal assent because of “safety issues for women and children” – said that the case vindicated their concerns about lack of safeguards in the bill.
Isla Bryson, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, was found guilty of two charges of rape on Tuesday following a six-day trial at the high court in Glasgow.
Following the conviction, Bryson was remanded in custody to the women’s prison Cornton Vale … 2
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- On those “gender recognition reforms”, see my December post, I’m no fan of Scottish Tories but …
- Next day update, January 26. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon – whose party had crowed last month about defeating a Tory amendment to limit the dangers of its Gender Recognition Bill – says the “Scottish Prison Service is in the process of giving effect to the decision it has taken not to incarcerate this prisoner in Cornton Vale.” That would be in the wake of what today’s Guardian calls a “rare intervention” by a doubtless red faced Nicola. As for that “giving effect to”, for light on such constructions try George Orwell’s essay, Politics and the English Language.