Nicola Sturgeon Resigns

Nicola Sturgeon has resigned. Unsurprisingly she has not done so in the most effective way she could have – to provoke a Scottish Election as a plebiscite on Independence. Her reasons, she claims, are personal. No acknowledgement of her failures. She’s going for other reasons. The list is endless and shaming. Not a mention in… Continue reading Nicola Sturgeon Resigns

GRR Bill passes in Scottish Parliament

Despite strong opposition from campaigners for Women’s Rights, despite clear opinion polls against the bill, the SNP government yesterday passed the Gender Recognition Reform Bill. Amendments were ignored, the parliament worked well past midnight two nights running just to go through the motions, but the SNP and Greens were clearly determined to push this legislation… Continue reading GRR Bill passes in Scottish Parliament

Gender Recognition Reform Bill

Today the bill will be forced through. Taking a step back from the thunder and lightning of today’s debate and the protests against the bill, let’s take a look at some background. Similar legislation has been enacted in many countries, Canada and Norway spring to mind. In many instances the path to the legislation has… Continue reading Gender Recognition Reform Bill

Why Women Wont Wheesht

Posted by Dr Yvonne Ridley, December 21 Scottish democracy has been dragged through the holly-decked halls of Westminster in shackles to watch the arrival of 2023. This current year has been an ugly one for Scottish politics which culminated in the tumultuous, combative debates over support for the Government’s damaging gender recognition bill which has… Continue reading Why Women Wont Wheesht

Hard-hitting blog from ALBA’s Equalities Convener

SMALL TOWN GIRL Born in Stirling, I spent my first years in caravans in Blairlogie and Crieff then moved to Alva where our home was a house. I live there still having had Uni years in Edinburgh and a couple of months working In Dundee. My education was such that there’s an ability to communicate… Continue reading Hard-hitting blog from ALBA’s Equalities Convener

Kenny MacAskill speaks out on GRA

I’ve never been comfortable with the Scottish Government’s proposals on gender recognition. For sure, an updating of rules was required and transphobia is rightly condemned, some changes to legislation are doubtless appropriate. But self-ID has always caused me concern. Maybe it’s an age thing, or I’m just old-fashioned, but I share the concerns of many… Continue reading Kenny MacAskill speaks out on GRA