A major blow to woke warriors was dealt yesterday as the government agreed to change a bill that had referred to pregnant “persons” instead of “mothers“. It took the Bill getting to the Lords for the change to be made, despite the absurd error being pointed out when it was still in the Commons…
Lord Lucas was behind the change, after having submitted 15 separate amendments, so each reference to “person” in the bill was replaced with “mother or expectant mother”. Speaking yesterday he told the Lords:
“Almost everybody who spoke from all around the House was clear that the use of the phrase “pregnant person” in the Bill was unacceptable… Words matter, especially on the long road to equality. The use of the word “person” in the Bill as it is now erases the reality that, overwhelmingly, maternity is undertaken by women and not by men. To leave “person” in place would be a step backwards in women’s equality”
Minister Lord True accepted the amendment yesterday, saying the government “recognises the strength of feeling on this issue”
The change was announced just hours before Hasbro u-turned on turning Mr Potato Head gender-neutral. A line was drawn yesterday…
The Queen has spoken out in favour of the jab, describing those refusing the Covid vaccine of failing “to think about other people rather than themselves”. Presumably being anti-vaccine is now treason…
Germany’s desperate campaign to improve Covid vaccine take-up has stalled after Angela Merkel refused to ditch her country’s anti-scientific policy of refusing the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s, saying in an interview she will not take it as she is 66. This month Merkel expressed that the vaccine campaign slow start had been a “disappointment” and Germany needs to be smart to avoid a third wave…
Merkel today told the Frankfurter Allgemeine:
“Do you understand people who do not want to be vaccinated with this remedy?”
“Astra-Zeneca is a reliable vaccine, effective and safe, approved by the European Medicine Agency and recommended in Germany up to the age of 65. All authorities tell us that this vaccine can be trusted. As long as the vaccines are as scarce as they are at present, you cannot choose what you want to vaccinate with.”
“Shouldn’t you lead by example and be vaccinated in the face of this acceptance problem?”
“I am 66 years old and do not belong to the group recommended for Astra-Zeneca.”
Still, things could be worse: today the French Health Ministry announced they are to launch a campaign to improve the “image” of the Oxford vaccine. Perhaps start by forcing Macron to publicly eat his words…
The overwhelming majority of black Brits are at odds with the statue toppling extremism of the leadership of Black Lives Matter, says a new report from the Henry Jackson Society. The issues of concern for black people in the UK are more substantive than statues, with black Brits more likely to believe there is a problem with police brutality (52% compared to 22% of the whole population), and that the UK is a racist society (58% compared to 29% of the whole population).
On statues just 16% believe tearing down statues is “a legitimate form of protest“, and similarly, just 25% of black Brits support replacing the British capitalist system with a socialist economy, compared to 23% of the population as a whole. The difference is within the margin of error.
Overall the findings suggest that radical left wing activists leading the Black Lives Matter organisation are not truly representative of the parts of society they claim to speak for. Read the report in full here.
““Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.
“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.
“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.
“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”