Monday 20 September 2021
Proposes To Undergo?
The Metric Martyrs were 20 years ago, and the best known has been dead for 17 of them. Most small traders are decidedly right of centre, and perhaps even more so in those days, yet precisely five in the entire country could be found, even then, to demand the right to label their wares in imperial measures alone.
Were the law to be changed to allow that, then it is more than likely that absolutely no one at all would now take advantage of that change. Buying and selling things in imperial weights and measures is already a perfectly simple, everyday occurrence, as it always has been.
Similarly, Section 7 of the Equality Act already protects anyone who is undergoing, or who has undergone, or who proposes to undergo a process, or part of a process, to change their legal sex. Gender self-identification would greatly endanger women and girls, especially, while affording any new protection to, again, absolutely no one at all.
Like the obstinate refusal even to display metric units alongside imperial ones, the demand for gender self-identification has the strong sense of what happens when being "a bit of a character" gets out of hand. But it is a vastly more dangerous variation on that theme.