Friday, 17 September 2021
Heads On The Block
Flags? Statues? Imperial delusions in the Indo-Pacific? Imperial weights and measures that were certainly not going to be used by the supermarket chains that funded the Conservative Party and which fed almost everyone?
If there really were a culture war, then there would be primary legislation to ban puberty blockers before the age of 16, which still seems rather young. This is something concrete; something very, very real. As such, it is an overdue test of the Government's seriousness.
And the Court of Appeal said today that at the time of the Gillick ruling, then contraception for the under-16s was as controversial as puberty blockers were today, but that no one could imagine that now.
Couldn't they? A good generation on, and it is very high time to revisit the allegedly uncontroversial practice of putting underage girls on the Pill, which can have only one purpose.
If the Government were serious about a culture war, then it should be doing this, and to hell with the giant Union Flags that Ministers had rather oddly found lying around their houses.