The official affirmation of individuals’ distorted self-images has already led to some bizarre linguistic contortions, such as referring to ‘pregnant people’ and a ‘man’ having ‘his’ breasts removed, but Public Health England has outdone itself by not offering ‘trans men’ (i.e. women who believe they are men) routine screening for breast and cervical cancer in case it offends them, while offering ‘trans women’ (i.e. men who believe they are women) smear tests in case it offends them to be ‘excluded’.

While offering a test to people who do not need it and not offering it to people who do need it for fear of causing offence, PHE is causing a great deal of offence to those who are constantly told that there is not enough money to run a basic service, but are nevertheless being forced to pay for such politically correct nonsense.

The framers of the 2010 Equality Act clearly believed that equality is something that can be imposed from above, but Mother Nature, in her ignorance of equality legislation, never thought to equip each human being with the reproductive organs pertaining to both sexes. The trans campaigners are attempting to re-mould nature in the image of their own distorted worldview, but ideally they would like to abolish it altogether, along with anything that acts as an uncomfortable reminder of the truth.

Even the PHE video accompanying its booklet – which states that a trans man, born a woman, who registers with a GP as a male will not be sent an invitation for breast or cervical screening – attempts to explain in contorted fashion that the smear test could be uncomfortable for trans men, because it was ‘often a procedure designed for women’. Not merely uncomfortable, but positively dangerous. However, the offer of such a test to ‘trans women’ might have the helpful effect of concentrating their minds, leading them to the discovery that they are, after all, men.