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Whose loo is it anyway? Your Labour guide to ladies and gents


WHAT is a woman? You might think that a political party which claims to be a champion of women’s rights would know the answer, but as Labour begins its reign at Westminster, gender fluidity muddies the waters of biological reality. 

In an excruciating interview on LBC Bridget Phillipson, at the time Shadow Education Secretary, expressed the kind of woke subversion that caused the downfall of Nicola Sturgeon. Host Nick Ferrari has made a habit of skewering politicians on this minefield of postmodern identity politics, and he found Phillipson unable to clarify which toilet a man in a dress should use: –

NF – A trans woman with a penis would use which lavatory?

BP – Well, look – I think it’s important that all people feel safe and have dignity . . .

NF – She needs to go to the lavatory – which one does she use?

BP – I think there are a range of options . . .

NF – She hasn’t got a range of options. Respectfully, she’s got a door with a woman on it and a door with a bloke on it. Which one does she go in, Bridget Phillipson?

BP – Well, many businesses and many public buildings also provide the option . . .

NF – Sadly, this restaurant only has one with a picture of a woman and a picture of a man. So which door does she go through?

BP – Well I would expect they would have a range of different options . . .

NF – No this restaurant doesn’t. It’s just got the two. So which does she use?

BP – I would want people to treat one another with respect . . .

NF – She needs to use the lavatory, Shadow Secretary of State. Which one is she to use?

BP – I would hope that that person, whoever they would happen to be – trans person – it’s not really clear . . .

NF – Well it is – it’s a trans woman with a penis, and she’s desperate to go to the loo. She’s really getting desperate now.

BP – I wouldn’t want that person to feel at risk. Equally I wouldn’t want biological women to feel intimidated . . .

NF – But where does she go?

BP – It’s about seeking commonsense solutions and being practical. I would hope that they might be able to, for example, try and find a compromise . . .

NF – So she’s got to leave the restaurant to find somewhere else, is what you’re saying.

BP – I would expect that a business would provide a range of options so that people – all people – biological and trans women can find a way so that no one feels that their safety or dignity is compromised. And I do think, where it comes to trans people with our society, I understand the challenges, the long process that many people will have gone through in order to be recognised as a gender different to the biological sex into which they were born. That is not a short process, that’s an extensive . . .

NF – Earlier you seemed to suggest she should use the female toilet, didn’t you? 

Phillipson is now Education Secretary, which bodes badly for gender confusion in schools. Unlike most Cabinet members, she actually increased her vote share in the general election, rising from 40 per cent to 47 per cent in Houghton & Sunderland South.

David Lammy, appointed as Foreign Secretary, is no clearer on the question of women. In another recent Ferrari joust, Lammy explained: –

A cervix, I understand, is something you can have following various procedures and hormone treatments.’ 

Despite the landslide in seats, the big beasts of Labour did poorly in this election, Lammy dropping from 78 per cent to 58 per cent of the vote in Tottenham.

Emily Thornberry, controversially not appointed by Starmer, is likely to remain an influential figure in parliament. Her vote share in Islington South fell from 57 per cent to 54 per cent. She was praised by the LGBT lobby for her comments in an interview with  Ferrari in 2022: –

‘Women who are trans deserve to be recognised, and yes, therefore, some will have penises. Frankly I’m not looking up their skirts – I don’t care.’ 

Yvette Cooper, the new Home Secretary, won her Pontefract & Castleford seat after a surge by Reform, increasing her support from 39 per cent to 48 per cent. On International Women’s Day in 2022, Cooper failed to define a woman, remarking: –

I just think people get into rabbit holes on this. Why are we getting ourselves tangled up?’ 

Maybe because you are doing the tangling, Yvette.

Dawn Butler, MP for Brent East (down from 64 per cent to 51 per cent), not appointed to the Cabinet, gave a biology lesson on ITV’s Good Morning Britain in 2020: –

‘A child is born without sex at the beginning.’ 

The new Minister for Women is Anneliese Dodds, an appointment sharply criticised by JK Rowling for bowing to trans extremists. Dodds had prevaricated on BBC Woman’s Hour, stating that ‘there are different definitions legally around what a woman actually is’.  Dodds, MP for Oxford East (dropping from 56 per cent to 50 per cent), seems to be unsure of the scope of her brief.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer U-turnedon the status of women just before the election, having consulted a former Great Leader. ‘I agree with what Tony Blair said the other day, in relation to men having penises and women having vaginas’, Starmer said on Question Time. Previously the toolmaker’s son had repeatedly insisted that trans women are women.

Starmer, who somehow lost half of his votes in Holborn & St Pancras constituency (slipping from 66 per cent to 49 per cent) must know that public tolerance for trans madness is limited. And perhaps he will relax on this ideological onslaught on nature and norms. He has bigger battles to fight: war with Russia, tightening of the Net Zero ratchet, and Islamophobia. So-called trans women may need to wait for Bridget Phillipson to build a wider range of lavatories . . . 

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