THE push by the trans lobby to enable people to change their gender more easily is deeply concerning.
While, of course, men who want to identify as women should be allowed to do so, this does not mean they can enter women-only spaces.
And I fear that the recent move by the Scottish government will make this more likely.
What also concerns me is that this change in the law, passed in the face of fierce opposition, removes existing safeguards and checks and now enables those as young as 16 to change their gender.
Notably, author JK Rowling protested, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned: ‘Nicola Sturgeon: destroyer of women’s rights’.
However, Westminster has intervened to block this change in the law for the first time since devolution.
On Tuesday, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack told Parliament that Nicola Sturgeon’s Gender Recognition Bill would “have serious, adverse effects” on the nation’s Equality Act 2010.
As I’ve said, I believe fervently that women should not fear intact biological men entering their private space.
These include, for example, women-only refuges, female prisons and hospital wards.
Already, males, who identify as female, have unfairly dominated some women’s sports.
Inevitably, Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish nationalists are painting this as an attack on their democracy and as ‘transphobia’, when it’s nothing of the sort.
In fact, Mr Jack made it clear that the Government would welcome a redrawn Bill, which would not legally affect the rest of the UK.
However, true to form, the Scottish First Minister is threatening legal action and, like her recent Supreme Court bid for another referendum, it’s unlikely to succeed.
This continued politics of grievance is not in Scotland’s best interest and I detect that many Scots are beginning to realise this.