The purge of the unwoke

Labour is plotting a Stalinist purge of anyone who questions the cult of transgenderism.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill

So now we know. If you believe in biology, Labour isn’t the party for you. If you think people with penises are men, not women, Labour isn’t the party for you. If you believe women should have the freedom of association to set up their own spaces and institutions, Labour isn’t the party for you. If you believe in reason, truth and freedom of thought, Labour isn’t the party for you. This is the loud-and-clear message of the disgraceful purge proposed by Labour members yesterday, and swiftly endorsed by some of the leadership candidates, against anyone who questions the cult of transgenderism – that Labour really has become an irrational, intolerant party of extreme identity politics.

The proposed purge has been given the deceptively liberal-sounding title ‘Labour Campaign for Trans Rights’. This gives it the appearance of being a decent, pro-minority campaign, but it is nothing of the kind. In truth, it is a deeply illiberal attempt to cleanse Labour of any individual or group that believes in biological reality and which thinks that women must have the right to speak freely and to set up their own spaces for association and debate.

So the purge demands unquestioning loyalty to one of the key orthodoxies of identitarian extremism: that ‘trans women are women’ and ‘trans men are men’. Fail to bow before this eccentric dogma and you will be branded a ‘transphobe’ and expelled from the party. As the purge makes clear: there should be the ‘expulsion from the Labour Party of those who express bigoted, transphobic views’. What this would mean in practice is that if you think people with penises are men, and if you think biological sex is immutable, and if you think big blokes should not be allowed to beat the crap out of women in sports such as boxing – all views that are now described as ‘transphobic’ – you will be purged.

The Stalinist vindictiveness of the purge is made clear in its demonisation of two perfectly reasonable campaign groups: Woman’s Place UK and the LGB Alliance. The former is an organisation of feminists concerned that gender self-identification could lead to born males entering women-only spaces – such as changing rooms, rape-crisis centres and female prisons – and which campaigns for the preservation of women’s sex-based rights. The latter is a gay-rights group concerned that transgenderism erases the specificity of the homosexual experience – of same-sex attraction – for example by allowing people with actual penises to identify as lesbian. Scandalously, the purge refers to these two organisations as ‘hate groups’. It says Labour members should ‘organise and fight against’ these despicable, hateful outfits.

This is deeply sinister. It effectively gives a licence to the use of violence, or certainly harassment, against women and gays and lesbians. After all, if Woman’s Place UK and the LGB Alliance are ‘hate groups’, a term normally reserved for racist or fascistic movements, and if they must be ‘fought against’, doesn’t that green-light the use of force against them?

For a few years now, woke leftists have depicted trans-sceptical women in particular as witches, essentially, as dangerous, hateful creatures whose very words and ideas are a mortal threat to trans people’s safety and self-esteem. They have dehumanised these women as ‘TERFs’, a term that means ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’ but which has really become shorthand for scum, bitch, someone who is beyond the pale. This has helped to generate some awful hostility and in some instances violence against trans-sceptical feminists. Now, the branding of these feminists as a ‘hate group’ takes the demonisation a step further: it risks endorsing hostility towards any woman who raises questions about the cult of gender self-ID. It sanctions the misogynistic harassment of free-thinking women.

That many of the figures running for Labour leadership positions – including Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Dawn Butler – have given their blessing to the purge is disgraceful. It confirms that Labour is doubling down on its embrace of intolerant identitarianism and PC groupthink. Anyone who thought that in the wake of its catastrophic defeat in the December election Labour might rethink its abandonment of class politics in favour of the divisive, destructive cult of identitarianism has now had a rude awakening. Labour is clearly going even further down the road of self-destruction.

Strikingly, even Tribune, George Orwell’s old magazine, has endorsed the purge of free-thinking women and critically minded homosexuals. That the magazine which published Orwell should now support such an Orwellian move confirms what a mess the modern left is in. Orwell raged against systems of intolerance that demand unflinching intellectual conformity and the suppression of doubt and dissent – now Tribune endorses such intolerance. In supporting the expulsion from Labour of anyone who questions the idea that ‘trans women are women’, Tribune plays the role of Big Brother demanding that we believe 2 + 2 = 5.

This purge suggests Labour is finished. A party that supports trans intolerance and which punishes any questioning of PC orthodoxies is a party that has absolutely nothing important or useful to say to the people of this country. Former Labour voters must be looking at this nonsense and congratulating themselves for abandoning this lost, deluded party.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Noel Mac

17th February 2020 at 8:40 pm

Labour. Laugh a minute party.

Identity Redacted

17th February 2020 at 12:15 am

I’d be willing to be Women’s Place UK have campaigned against “men’s spaces” yet when it’s happening to them suddenly it’s wrong

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 3:16 pm

Radfems still campaign against men-only places.
And some of them also try to coercie girls through peer pressure: “political lesbianism” – it was even advocated by Julie Bindel in The Guardian.

Lauder Eric

16th February 2020 at 10:47 pm

“If you believe women should have the freedom of association to set up their own spaces and institutions..

…you’re a feminazi who discriminate against men.

David McAdam

16th February 2020 at 5:23 pm

Now I understand John Knox’s treatise on the Monstrous Regimen of Women Rulers. Although targeting Mary Queen of Scots at the time, it is made relevant by the pc ravaged antics of the present monstrous crop of female candidates for the Labour leadership.


16th February 2020 at 3:04 pm

Absolutely hilarious to see so many gammonists frothing at the mouth over this issue! Damnant quod non intelligunt.

The Killgrave

16th February 2020 at 8:09 pm

Sh1t sk1n

steve moxon

16th February 2020 at 10:00 am

Becky Wrong-Daily currently being crucified by Andrew Marr on BBC1 on this issue.
Marr challenged her signing up to a vehement line against ‘trans’-‘phobia’ that deems several feminist groups as “hate groups”, and — as he pointed out — would see Jess Phillips expelled form Liebore.
[Of course, ALL feminist groups are ‘hate groups’; they’re virulently so; but here they’re talking about the ‘trans’-exclusionary (TERF) position, but which is now a mainstream feminist line — hating male-to-female ‘trans’; not female-to-male ones, you understand!]
Wrong-Daily here nails her screwed-up visage to the whole shebang.
It’s war.
Hee hee!

Andy 5759

15th February 2020 at 8:11 pm

The vast majority of people have their sex unambiguously defined by chromosomes. Male and female. There is a vanishingly small minority of poor souls who have a chromosomal abnormality, which would be a physical ailment and can be treated as such. Those who do not have this unfortunate condition yet identify as the opposite sex surely suffer from a mental illness and should be treated as such. Would you treat the man who thinks that he is Napoleon with surgery so that he more closely resembles Napoleon? Would you be happy that scarce NHS resources be assigned to such treatment? It is all very sad and totally unnecessary

The Labour Party is lost. There is no credible opposition.


15th February 2020 at 12:44 pm

S pike’s obsession with this issue is now bordering on the pathological.

Jerry Owen

15th February 2020 at 3:07 pm

How about giving us your view on why you support the EU empire seeing as you apparently don’t like other empires..if you want to change the topic?


16th February 2020 at 3:02 pm

How about giving us your view on why you think the UK should continue to have an unelected head of state, unelected upper chamber packed with hereditary peers and religious prelates, Privy Council, Lord Chancellor, social engineering through the ‘public’ schools, etc? Moreover, how can the continued English occupation of Scotland, Wales and Ireland be justified?

The Killgrave

16th February 2020 at 8:20 pm

Why does this inbred always dodge that question?

Jerry Owen

17th February 2020 at 8:53 am

Just as I knew…. You are unable to answer me.. coward.

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 11:55 am

Especially with Brenda…ooops, Brendon, more and more showing the mindset of a lesbian radfem:

“for example by allowing people with actual penises to identify as lesbian.”

Not a single word about transmen in countless articles on this subject…

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:03 am

Strange times for a party originally created by working class family men. If there’s a group that party has betrayed more I can’t think of it.

Ven Oods

14th February 2020 at 12:52 pm

If you’re in danger of being booted out of Labour as a ‘transphobe’, your best move would seem to be to utter something antl-sémitic and you’ll be good to go (or stay, rather).

Finbarr Bruggy

14th February 2020 at 10:20 am

For the medical explanation, look at Rick O’Shay’s comments. The good thing about the T in LGBT is that we might be reaching what Rod Liddle has termed “Peak Wank”, where science and knowledge have to triumph. Even the laughably woke Canadians have dismissed the case of ‘Jessica’ Yaniv. Jessica, who has the full meat and two veg, took a number beauticians to court because they refused to wax ‘her’ penis and testicles. Jessica with the meat and two veg was also grooming an under-age girl on line. Dress has a woman, keep your male genitalia and enter a lesbian relationship! What is most disturbing, however, is that the Canadian justice system entertained this nonsense in the first place. It shouldn’t have been laughed out of court; it should have been laughed out BEFORE it went to court.

Glenn Bell

13th February 2020 at 10:52 pm

It seems Labour have learned nothing from the 2019 GE and as the main opposition party are a busted flush, but the country needs a strong opposition party to reign in the excesses of the governing party so who do we turn to now? Lets hope the Tories don’t take advantage of this!

Jerry Owen

14th February 2020 at 10:48 am

I agree a healthy opposition is very important whether you agree with the opposition or not.
I can’t say that at the moment there is any danger of Boris taking any kind of advantage. I see The tory party at present as simply Labour gender light(ter) !
It has though committed this country to a suicidal green agenda.. Conservative.. I think not.

Andrew-Paul Shakespeare

13th February 2020 at 9:06 pm

Labour works very hard to find people to condemn. I do wonder who will be left to vote for them.

Jerry Owen

13th February 2020 at 4:24 pm

Labours obsession with the ‘trans’ thingy is bound to shore up the Muslim bloc vote.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 4:56 pm

Is thar a directive?

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 8:07 pm

Hey Jerry Oven-Kraut. I’ve already outed you as a a complete nazi. Anything from here on in has to do with you being a socialist. Lol.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 6:10 pm

Not only will it discourage muslims, but it will also discourage the left leaning traditional working class. Wokeism and transgender totalitarianism is a plague.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 8:11 pm

Hey Jerry Oven-Kraut? Why don’t you take it to The Independent? Are you gay?

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 8:14 pm

Hey Jerry Oven-Kraut. Guess what? I’ve worked out how to be xool and how to expose you as an utter farkhead.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 8:27 pm

* Cool.

Hey Oven-Kraut! ! You’ve been exposed! ! Haha.

nick hunt

13th February 2020 at 8:42 pm

Even the Conservatives-in-name-only aren’t likely to ape the left on this lunacy. As for sane but now homeless leftists, especially of the non-virtue signalling working class variety, how about supporting the Brexit Party? Making Britain great instead of hate is surely a worthy aim. Better than Boris’s rehashed Blairism and unworkable green posturing on behalf of global elites and Soros…

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 9:08 pm

The simple reason Nick is because BP are just as much bought as any msm party.

Michael Lynch

13th February 2020 at 10:32 pm

Great point!

Robert Spowart

13th February 2020 at 2:17 pm

I find it a hugely amusing irony that I, as a strongly right wing Social Conservative, am more than happy to make common cause with many on The Left who share my dislike of the Trans-Taliban’s fascist efforts to close down free speech on this matter.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 6:06 pm

A lot of traditional left winger’s are socially conservative, to say that trans women are women is not only going against biology but also material reality, it is the antithesis of Marxist thought.

The Labour party has been infected by bourgeois liberal beliefs and it no longer represents the working class, a new left wing working class party is needed.

Forlorn Dream

13th February 2020 at 2:03 pm

It’s good to see these perpetually offended minority groups attack each other. Hopefully they’ll tear each other apart and finally give us all some peace.

Rick O’Shay

13th February 2020 at 1:44 pm

X is not Y
Y is not X
Try as you might
You cannot change sex

Women have XX chromosomes. Men have XY chromosomes. Klinefelter’s Syndrome “men” have XXY chromosomes. There are a few even rarer intersex syndromes, although Klinefelter’s is the least uncommon. These chromosomes are unalterable—-born with them, you’re stuck with them, like it or not. People who imagine they are in the ‘wrong body’ are mentally ill and need psychiatric help, NOT being pandered to by stupid Labour leadership contenders who haven’t a clue about Medicine—of course, talking about things they know nothing about has never deterred them from talking nonsense….

Rick O’Shay

13th February 2020 at 1:49 pm

WHY is my comment “awaiting moderation”? There is nothing in the least offensive in it and as a (admittedly retired ! ) medical consultant, I do know what I’m talking about.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 3:22 pm

It’s a common problem on here, and there seems no rhyme or reason to it. It can be some words that ‘trigger’ an auto censorship mode of some kind; other times it seems blanket. Yet spam is regularly posted and can survive a long time before being taken down, if ever. It’s nuts and nobody who runs the website seems bothered.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 4:22 pm

One of the finest posts I’ve seen on here, Rick, and fark ’em, l say. How many times you reckon I’ve been numbed out on here to have to resort to using a Paaki identity?

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 3:03 pm

Yes, re X & Y, of course, but that doesn’t preclude in-embryo developmental malfunction producing a sex-atypical (that is, opposite-sex) neural layout, giving rise to a minuscule subset of individuals who deteminedly feel that they really are ‘in the wrong body’, as it were. Something similar presumably is the basis of homosexuality.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 4:32 pm

No Steve. I know you can’t accept what l say, but it’s in fact a spirit.

Genghis Kant

13th February 2020 at 11:32 am

The feminists have finished top of the Woke Privilege League for several seasons in a row.

The question is whether these plucky outsiders in the Tranny team can steal the crown from them.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 3:25 pm

Let’s hope there is much feminist blood-letting in the process. Reservoirs full of it.

david rawson

13th February 2020 at 9:24 am

There are no left or right of politics anymore in Britain. There is the Tory party, a centre liberal party, one nation conservatism if you like.

The rest are all just a bunch of parties trying to appeal to whichever minority they belong to. the problem with Labour is that they are trying to be a party for the majority of minorities, which can never work.
The white working class are not a minority, so their only natural home is the modern centre party, the Tory party.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 4:39 pm

I couldn’t disagree more. Both labour and the tories are pro-business, and therefore anti-Brits.

These guys are the answer.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 7:12 pm

Both are the servants of finance capital so both are inherently capitalist and anti working class, i’m thinking of joining the workers party of Britain, which seem to be a true socialist party.

Mike Stallard

13th February 2020 at 9:11 am

A hundred years ago the Liberals were the opposition. Always had been.
Then the new, shiny Labour Party came along with all the right noises for the British Working Man and it took over.
Is history about the repeat itself? Or what rough beast is trudging towards Westminster to be born?

Michael Lynch

13th February 2020 at 11:45 pm

Great last line!

H McLean

13th February 2020 at 8:48 am

This is the exact same ideological persecution feminists have been levelling squarely at men and boys for the last 40 odd years. It only seems extreme and illogical because the victims this time around are women, and society has been conditioned to believe that women are at the apex of victimhood.

Feminists were at the forefront of this intersectional insanity right from the very start. Yes, it’s disturbing for young girls, in particular, to have to face the prospect of trans women (ie, men) entering their changing rooms and intimate spaces, but one thing that is certain about this – men are not to blame. If this intersectional neoMarxist nonsense does indeed destroy the Labour Party then they bloody deserved it. I only hope they take the whole hated feminist cabal with them, then this nightmare twilight zone the west has been in for the last 15 years can finally end.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 10:42 am

Spot-on comment, sir.

Michael Lynch

13th February 2020 at 10:38 pm

Excellent point. Don’t forget big momma spider, Germaine. Who sat in the center of her web, spinning away furiously and laying her eggs for years, only to be eaten alive by a hundred thousand of her own children. An irony so delicious that it cannot easily be given up to reason.

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:10 am

“It only seems extreme and illogical because the victims this time around are women”

Whilst it’s not commonly known the most marginalised victims of sexual abuse are the women/girls abused by other women. Feminists have been no help to them at all.

Mark Houghton

13th February 2020 at 7:16 am

“That many of the figures running for Labour leadership positions – including Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Dawn Butler – have given their blessing to the purge is disgraceful.”

I think it’s marvellous – anything which makes Labour even more un-electable can surely be a good thing?

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 7:48 am

Right on! … as they used to say.

Michael Green

13th February 2020 at 7:03 am

In 1984, O’Brien demanded Winston Smith see that two and two make five. In 2020, Labour demands that we see that man is woman and woman is man. It’s the same thing – if I can force you to agree to that, I can force you to agree to anything. That’s why the trans issue is so important. It’s a statement of absolute power.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 7:56 am

It’s root is feminism: the notion that men and women are absolutely identical AND irrevocably different — argued at different times or at one and the same time.
It’s political religion. An attempt by the Left elite to obscure the fact that Marxism is a hopeless match with human nature, by blaming the rest of us for not buying it; specifically retro-stereotyping of ‘the worker’ as a male heterosexual ‘white’.
The ‘tranny’ game is, as with fatties, a continued desperate search for faux groups to pretend are on-side against the hated ‘white’ hetero male: to replace him as the new ‘vanguard’ of de revvalooshun.
We shouild long ago have laughed the whole pile of excrement out of town.

Stephen Phillips

12th February 2020 at 10:16 pm

Just another attempt by Labour to change peoples minds about paedophilia.

H McLean

13th February 2020 at 8:24 am

Yes, it seems depressingly inevitable that a ‘P’ will be added to the LGBT alphabet at some point.

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:14 am

There’s a couple of them who never properly explained their connections to the Paedophile Information Exchange.


12th February 2020 at 10:02 pm

‘Trans cult’ lol. Yes, they have their own temples, rituals, holy texts, theology, priesthood, etc, but nobody knows where they are…

eli Bastenbury

12th February 2020 at 10:16 pm

One aspect of a cult, or religion if you like will, is the desire to purge heretics, just like the Labour Party.

Mark Williams

12th February 2020 at 10:34 pm

Gender studies in universities. They have their postmodern scripture, a belief system that is based on ideology, and the priests are the “PhDs” who push this nonsense.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 1:21 am

The Mormons have all that and I’m sure you’d agree that they achieve their cult status by rejecting the Divinity of Christ, ZP. These humanists reject the actual science of their God-given chromosomes.


12th February 2020 at 10:00 pm

The only people getting upset about this issue are Brendan O’Neill, a few feminist extremists and the people commenting on this website. Nobody else cares. Ireland and Denmark changed the law to allow tg people to self-identify without any fuss or difficulty. In England, proposals to introduce similar legislation provokes hysteria from some – why?

eli Bastenbury

12th February 2020 at 10:19 pm

There’s nowt wrong with people calling themselves whatever they like, it’s compulsion on everyone else to ignore biology, and be forced to change their definition of sex or face punishment. You know if you are a troll I wish you’d go away, it’s time wasting for people to engange with you on serious matters.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 1:24 am

Because it’s a lie, ZP.


13th February 2020 at 12:06 pm

‘A lie’ lol. Gender dysphoria is very real indeed.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 4:44 pm

Hmmm, in the minds of the victims, certainly. It’s a very strong spirit, ZP.

Gordon T Gopher

13th February 2020 at 11:45 pm

If so few people care then why are trans themselves (and all their ‘woke’ mates) making such an issue about it? Why is the issue all over the websites like the BBC, Twitter and Guardian? And why are the likes of you and me – who are saying it shouldn’t be an issue – even commenting on it?

It definitely is an issue. It really shouldn’t be. But it definitely is. It’s been manufactured INTO an issue, by the woke, the anti-woke and the non-woke alike.

Ps I’m not woke I’m WAKE. Woke is past tense, for people who clearly think they now know everything there is to know about social justice and will never need to readjust their opinion. True progressives like me are WAKE because we realise social justice is a perpetual learning process and we constantly need to realign our thinking.

Pps I just made that up by the way. WAKE isn’t really a thing. But it will be when the woke realise they’re not WAKE enough and start wetting their pants trying to out-wake their right-on mates. And I’ll always know I was there first 😉

Gordon T Gopher

12th February 2020 at 8:53 pm

On the contrary I see it as a good thing. It pits ID politics against ID politics. Feminists hate trans, Islam hates black culture (as do feminists), black culture hates homosexuality. They all hate each other which is why they’ll never be organised enough to run a country (or even a piss-up in a brewery) in a million years and will ultimately be the death knell for all ID politics.

Generally I couldn’t care less about trans issues (there’s so few of them they’re statistically insignificant), but their mere existence is another cog in the “war of the wokest” and for this it should be celebrated.

Gordon T Gopher

12th February 2020 at 9:06 pm

See Rose McGowan v Natalie Portman news today. The feminists have been war with each other for decades. It’s like a war within a war. Don’t know why you hate the wokes so much Brendan, they’re friggin hilarious

Jim Lawrie

12th February 2020 at 8:44 pm

The endorsement by the leadership candidates show them to be drifting, rudderless and grabbing onto anything they think might keep them afloat a few seconds longer.
Labour are sinking fast. But in their minds they they will die a principled death, saying the right thing.

Jonnie Henly

12th February 2020 at 8:11 pm

Brendan’s claim that the document endorses violence in any way doesn’t stand up.

Neither does his repeated insistence that the idea of trans men being men and vice versa is extremist.

Far from being extremist, it is now fairly mainstream thought, accepted by much of the establishment.

Increasingly, the extremist rhetoric appears to be coming from anti trans campaigners, for they now appear to be the radicals and unsurpers. Hence why their cheerleading is confined to niche sites like this.

Ian Bradbury

12th February 2020 at 9:51 pm

Mainzyream view or not, do you really think it sensible or reasonable to suggest that an adult human with a functioning penis might usefully be described as a “lesbian woman”?

H McLean

13th February 2020 at 8:36 am

@Ian – Being reasonable or sensible is the last thing the left ever are and appeals for such always fall on deaf ears. I know it is frustrating but you have to remember as far as ideology is concerned they are NEVER searching for truth or understanding ~ it’s about power and little else.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 8:22 am

Yes, Brendan is too simplistic in ignoring that there is such a thing as in-embryo developmental aberration causing brain layout to be that of the opposite sex. Nobody says anything negative about female-to-male ‘trannies’; only the male-to-female variety. This is because negative attitude in general (re sex, sexual orientation, race) is towards males who are ‘different’ (see my new paper): male-to-female ‘trannies’ still look like men, because some of the major effects of testosterone cannot be reversed. And there are two or three times as many of them as there are female-to-male ‘trannies’. Feminists hate men, so unsurprisingly they hate male-to-female ‘trannies’. Feminists see the sexes as essentially irrevocably different sat the very sane times as they scream that the sexes are completely identical. Such is their incoherent religion of hate.
‘Transgender’ [sic] is of course anyway a non-issue in that the numbers are minuscule: as usual, an ‘identity politics’ faux group is massively inflated in size, just as was the case re gays.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 4:48 pm

Its got nothing to do with ” aberrations on the brain”, Steve, and I’ll continue to attempt to disabuse you of this.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 5:42 pm

Hopefully we can discuss things. …I’m only trolling Jerry Oven-Kraut atm.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 7:09 pm

I’m not a doctor, but aberration sounds like a mental disorder, or mental illness to me.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 11:25 pm

It has everything to do with developmental aberration, and you might “disabuse” yourself of the groupthink feminist male-hating nonsense that ignores this.

Asif Qadir

15th February 2020 at 3:36 am

I can’t even get my sentences right when l post that drunk.

I guess you believe that we’ve been here longer than 6000yrs too? “Science” gets it wrong so often thru it’s. ..inability (?) to recognize God, Steve. Anyway, l know you can’t believe me, and that’s ok. And l definitely don’t think it has anything to do with ehat you said, much as l respect most of what you say.

Ellen Whitaker

12th February 2020 at 8:05 pm

“Labour Party” seems increasingly ridiculous as a name for this party. They should really change their name, freeing up the word “Labour” for a new party that actually represents working people.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 6:51 pm

I agree Ellen, they really don’t represent working people or are a party with socialist goals anymore, it’s kind of insulting they still call themselves it.

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:27 am

Labour parties in the UK and Australia deserted the working classes years ago. They are now barely distinguishable from the US Democrats.

mancheeze the great

12th February 2020 at 8:03 pm

I’m one of the women that’s been banned from Twitter several times, lost several Youtube channels and even been banned from some of the gender critical feminist spaces online.

I’m what they call a real feminist, a radical feminist. I’m not woke. I’m not into men’s delusions.

Men don’t become women. EVER.

It’s just a matter of fact.

I don’t want men in wigs in women’s bathrooms, changerooms, shelters or sports. I want all women shortlists to actually be WOMEN’S shortlists.

Women can’t fight for liberation unless we can name and define what a woman is.

A woman is not frilly dresses, long hair, high heels and makeup. A woman is not femininity.

A woman is an adult human female. That’s it. Not complicated.

I’m completely against the GRA. Allowing ANY man to forge his legal documents and then allowing him into women’s bathrooms is risky and has already resulted in sexual assaults of women and children. Self Id will just make that problem worse.

I stand with all adult human females of this world and I won’t vote for ANY person that wants men to be able to violate my sex based rights.

Men in dresses are men.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 7:07 pm



14th February 2020 at 1:33 am

Well said.

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:29 am

And you can stay out of my spaces.

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 10:31 am

In other words, you’re a man hater…

Women shortlists are a scam, they should be abolished.

Graham Southern

12th February 2020 at 7:56 pm

The extreme left’s only chance is to hide its true nature under a cloud of benevolent-sounding verbiage. When the vicious reality is revealed, the natural reaction is to sweep them away like some disgusting, bloated cockroach found gorging itself in your fridge.
Then wash your hands.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 7:06 pm

Thing is, they are not really left wing, not in the traditional sense, they are more liberal, or bourgeois liberal as i like to call them.

John Gaunt

12th February 2020 at 7:46 pm

Sooner or later the liberal cult that has colonised the Left was always going to alienate the majority.

What we are witnessing is the logical climax of the cult of unfettered individualism. No one, but no one, is going to impress upon these child adults any duty of self restraint, moderation, tolerance or consideration. Their new morality, which is without any coherent foundation, is to be enforced with the same brutality as the Inquisitor, and damn you (to complete exclusion) if you so much as question the orthodoxy. Part of the exercise of power is precisely to force you to acknowledge that 2 + 2 = 5, and to dare you to say otherwise.

This liberal cult controls both the Labour Party and, of course, the Liberal Democrats.

The Labour Party just secured enough seats to be the second largest party in Parliament. It did so, only because many people who voted for them did so out of residual loyalty to a Methodist version of socialism that has vanished.

At the next election I anticipate that they will secure fewer, not more, seats.

A new party of the left is needed, in order that there is at least one alternative to the Conservative Party on the ballot paper.

Meanwhile the Conservative Party will be in office for the foreseeable future.

Asif Qadir

13th February 2020 at 1:35 am

Fine post, John, and I’d just like to say that l see the tories as the left anyway now, what with their enforcement of hate speech nonsense, multiculturalism, infanticide, death-cult rot, the climate-hoax and so on, which ofc makes labour and lib-dems far-left. They employ fake news to brand dissenters as far-right and have the courts and police on-side.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 7:02 pm

Better than i could put it.

Matt Ryan

12th February 2020 at 7:31 pm

“If you believe women should have the freedom of association to set up their own spaces and institutions” – what like men only clubs we used to have before feminazi’s destroyed them?

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 10:33 am

Radfems are against men-only clubs, and they support women-only venues.
It’s a shell game.

Jerry Owen

12th February 2020 at 6:56 pm

No sleight on BON but I found my mind wandering onto other things half way through this article. I find it all rather confusing mainly due to my lack of interest in anything other than biological male/female.. God knows what your average working class labour voter makes of it.
I think labour is finished, I’m glad it’s finished, it is a treacherous party in the way it has shat on its base support over the last few decades.
It has no reason to exist anymore, and if Boris actually manages to use his majority wisely which at present he isn’t and we should be worried.. labour could fold into a London/ Manchester/ regional rump party.
I’ll drink to that.

steve moxon

12th February 2020 at 7:09 pm

Me too … to coin an unfortunate phrase.

Jim Lawrie

12th February 2020 at 10:46 pm

Like all the major players in Government in the Conservative Party over the last 10yrs Boris has stepped up to the crease and is batting for China.

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:38 am

“God knows what your average working class labour voter makes of it.”

After fifty years involvement with Australian Labour I don’t believe any male should vote for them. A party created by working class family men now calls them “pale, stale males”.

A published history of Labour in my region includes a chapter devoted to my ancestors and extended family. My grandfathers’ heritage is being shredded as we speak.

Michael Lynch

12th February 2020 at 6:53 pm

This can’t possibly stand. It’s truly a massive black hole they will eventually disappear down. The population has overwhelmingly rejected their ideology because most people are simply not in the least bit interested in this daftness. It was the same in the eighties under Michael Foot; only far less extreme. Not that it goes over their heads, but they just ignore it as something rather silly the middle classes involve themselves in. The ideology has no political traction, no power behind it to drive it on and that’s why the Labour Party, and their insane ideals, will simply fade away from view. They are about to go down the same road as the Democrats and, instead of three years, it’ll be a five year long sojourn into self denial and delusion.

Geoff Cox

12th February 2020 at 6:31 pm

By the way, why should women get their own spaces – men have not been able to have their own spaces for years?

Peter Anestos

12th February 2020 at 6:26 pm

“Stalinist” is on-target. This upsurge of the radical-sounding but deeply authoritarian “left” elements of the middle-class is profoundly reminiscent of the Stalinist bureaucrats, and their acolytes in the “fraternal” parties of old. Nothing fot the working class here, and you can just imagine the extremes these people will go. Thanks, Brendan. Trotsky speaks across the decades!

Rick O’Shay

12th February 2020 at 6:12 pm

Labour should just have a proper purge and get rid of all their members. It’s all over for them, anyway.

Mind Wizard

12th February 2020 at 6:20 pm

I agree. Just pop over to Twitter and follow the #ExpelMe hashtag – I suspect that the party will be haemorrhaging female members by the multiple thousands over the next few days. Frankly, it’s a joy to witness…

Dominic Straiton

12th February 2020 at 5:45 pm

As a non trans ally id say the Labour party is over.

Norman Baker

12th February 2020 at 5:44 pm

Are these people really that stupid or just evil or both?

Not a care about the collateral damage their virtue signalling creates.

Ignoring the tiny number of genuine gender dysphoria suffers we have a bunch of unhappy people, unhappy because they are gay, unhappy because they are ugly and unfeminine females, unhappy because they are wimpy unmanly men or even just generally unhappy.

No one gives a shit about them until they decide they are trans when suddenly they are placed at the top of the victim-hood ladder with media, politicians, and now especially labour giving them their own extra rights and special treatment and they have a new community. No one used to give a shit and now suddenly everyone cares (but not really) and reality is they are still unhappy and even less likely to become happy than before. Some will physically damage themselves ensuring unhappiness for the rest of their lives.

So much harm being done to vulnerable people for the sake of woke aholes emitting virtue at each other. It needs to stop.

Rick O’Shay

12th February 2020 at 6:07 pm

Indeed—these people need psychiatric help, not PC witch hunters intent on condemning heretics to the stake.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 7:04 pm

They are mentally insane, and they especially hate it when actual leftists go against them.

Greg Allan

15th February 2020 at 4:49 am

“Are these people really that stupid or just evil or both?
Not a care about the collateral damage their virtue signalling creates. ”

Middle and upper middle class twits. Never known a moment’s hardship in their lives. If not for their loudness very dull folk indeed.

Mind Wizard

12th February 2020 at 5:28 pm

The Labour document requires commitment to “respecting trans people as their self-declared gender”. We’re not just talking about the small number of people formally diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria here – all of whom deserve all the care, support and respect we can muster. We’re talking about the burgeoning hundreds and thousands of individuals who insist that a biological man can change his gender just by uttering the magical words “I am a woman” and that a biological woman can do the same by stating “I am a man”.

What’s more, your new self-defined status can – from that point on – never be “up for discussion”. Your penis and scrotum will no longer bar you from female toilets…your hormonally-male musculature will no longer prevent you from entering women’s sports…and anyone who so much as raises a concern will, of course, be condemned as a transphobe.

At some level, in their saner moments, even Labour apparatchiks have to know that this is an absurd proposition. They certainly know that it is intellectually indefensible, which is why they would rather purge the party than engage with members in open and public debate (just as university academics – of all people – are currently seeking to no-platform Selina Todd at Kent University).

So why does the identitarian Left persist in promoting this nonsense? Simple. They had their arrogant arses handed to them in the Brexit vote, in the recent election and in the Trump election before that, and having lost their grip on the political narrative are now desperately tightening their grip on the cultural domains still under their control – the universities, the media, the think tanks and entertainment. It’s their way of convincing themselves that “We’re still in control…we’re still the embodiment of moral wisdom and purity…we’re still able to define what you can say, what you can think and what you can do.”

The problem is that they have chosen to use the transgender issue as their most visible point of entry into the public domain and, in doing so, are consigning themselves to ever more hysterical and divisive irrelevance.

And it serves them right.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 8:10 am

Well I daresay there are some mere cross-dressers pretending to be ‘trannies’, but I doubt many. It’s surely much more a case of a minuscule minority pretending to be a significant one: just as homosexuals did in pretending to be one in ten of the population when they are not much more than one in a hundred.
Actually, it’s such a hoot of a way to make a laughing stock of feminism that I’m half thinking of this ‘self-identifying’ lark miself!

Mark Lambert

12th February 2020 at 5:17 pm

Someone, outside of written articles, challenge them to their face please.
Lloyd Russell-Moyes ran fully with it on BBC Politics Live, up against Prof
Selina Todd, who he attempted to talk all over. It was left to Todd to do the
challenge, rather than the BBC presenter – perhaps a conscious decision.

What will happen tonight on Newsnight when the Leadership candidates
are all together? Will it come up, and if it does will Thornberry and Starmer
*have* to toe the line? If they don’t, the other candidates have already signed
up to the notion that they will be deemed “transphobic” and should be expelled.

Two deputy leader candidates have signed up to it. It’s as if they think they have to
sign up to “minority demand lists” without even reading the demands.

Good luck to them on regaining votes. They are quite mad.

Michael Lynch

12th February 2020 at 6:59 pm

It’ll be a farce and a good chance for people to just laugh and sneer from the comfort of their living rooms. Labour are done for. The only people they will be playing to is the Membership and because it’s been taken over by a mob of fruitcakes the more ludicrous they’ll have to sound in order to get their vote. I have the popcorn at the ready!


12th February 2020 at 5:14 pm

Is there nothing left in Labour but neo-B’liarites and ‘Woke’ cultists?
Where is the new Clement Attlee when you need him?

nick hunt

12th February 2020 at 6:16 pm

The dearth of convincing leftist leaders and the falling credibility of leftism more generally seem related to the rise in our ability to question and ridicule their absurd policies and principles via social media. The arrival of populists and patriots, inspired and led by Donald Trump the fearless master troll, has also been crucial.

Judd Hargreaves

13th February 2020 at 6:58 pm

I consider myself a traditional leftist, and the labour party in 2020 does not come across as leftist to me, it is now and has been for a long time a bourgeois liberal organisation.

Not all leftists support wokeism and transgenderism, this is more a failure of university educated identarian liberals than actual leftists which should always be about class society.

steve moxon

12th February 2020 at 5:13 pm

But the ‘transphobic’ [sic] feminists are wrong, Brendan. There IS a minuscule minority (certainly way less than the prevalence often claimed) of individuals who through some in-embryo developmental aberration re brain layout have what in effect is a ‘female’ brain within a male body — and vice-versa. The ‘transphobic’ [sic] feminists hate the former and don’t mind the latter so we know what they’re about: man-hating, as ever they are.
So yes, the relatively new ‘identity politics’ nonsense re so-called trans-gender is just so, but so too is all ‘identity politics’ nonsense — about sex, race, etc. That ‘trans’ is an irrelevancy through the minuscule numbers involved is how the nonsense should be attacked.
Male-to-female ‘trans’ (unlike female-to-male ‘trans’) individuals ARE subject to negative attitudes, just as in the past were gays (not lesbians) and African-American males (not other races / contexts). What they have in common — as I’ve outlined in a new paper — is being male and markedly ‘different’. It is NOT about race or sexual orientation per se; and certainly not about sex in terms of being female. That the Left backlash of ‘identity politics’ gets it spectacularly wrong is because the target all along was the male — the ‘worker’ of old who refused to buy Leftism.
THIS is how to attack ‘identity politics’, in all its manifestation.

Christopher Tyson

12th February 2020 at 7:54 pm

You can’t seem to make up your mind whether spiked does or doesn’t support identity politics.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 9:42 am

Not so. Spiked clearly is against ‘identity politics’, though does not come clean as to its Left origins as backlash against ‘the workers’.
On the particular issue of ‘trannies’, Brendan is too sweeping, and he fails to see that the TERFs are man-hating feminists who should be challenged.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 9:44 am

Not so. Brendan clearly is against ‘identity politics’, though not as completely as he should be — notably re feminism — and he does not come clean as to its Left origins as backlash against ‘the workers’.
On the particular issue on this thread, Brendan is too sweeping, and he fails to see that the TERFs are misandrists who should be challenged.

rowena ravenclaw

12th February 2020 at 11:28 pm

There are indeed some people with gender & body dysphoria, but not all trans people are the same. Those transexuals who have body dysphoria & undergo sexual reassignment surgery are massively outnumbered & frequently hated & called ‘truscum’ by the transgenders who have no intention of having genital surgery, & are very happy with their male genitalia as shown by their frequent invitations to women to ‘suck my lady dick’.
The female brains meme is just wrong, as shown by the fact that 48% of transgender prisoners in UK prisons are in there for sex offences, as opposed to 12% of male prisoners & ~ 1% of female prisoners.
Incidentally, what is a woman?
Circular reasoning eg ‘anyone who identifies as a woman’ do not qualify as a definition.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 12:31 am

It is not a “meme”. These individuals exist: their experience is genuine. The denial of their existence is feminist hatred towards males. Certainly they constitute a minuscule group, and as such it is absurd there is any political issue about them. ‘Identity politics’ is totalitarian malicious idiocy and should be attacked mercilessly, but on the basis of fact, not fiction.

Neil McCaughan

12th February 2020 at 5:09 pm

The truth is that even the least dislikeable, least obviously crazy candidate, Nandy, is also clearly off her rocker. The kindest thing would be to call in the similarly unhinged Jolyon Maugham, and get him to bludgeon the Labour Party to death with his baseball bat.

jessica christon

12th February 2020 at 8:00 pm

Oh man, I’m so glad you also see it like that. Lisa gets praise for nothing on this forum. Yes she’s likeable but she buys into all the same woke horse-hockey as the rest of them and I can’t see her leading in a different direction. That’s why she couldn’t answer Andrew Neil’s question: How are you unique on policy?

Answer: She’s not.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 8:02 am

Lisa’s USP in this race is that she’s cute and not a few guys wouldn’t mind giving her one.
That’s it.
Nobody Fancies Becky Wrong-Daily, and Kiera seems gay.


16th February 2020 at 3:04 pm

Face it Neil, you don’t women in politics at all! Back into the kitchen with them…

IfIEverLoseMyFaith CertifiedTantricSexGod

12th February 2020 at 5:04 pm

I agree with Brendan on this, I would add something too which in my opinion makes this situation worse still, is that I am certain that Long-Bailey, Nandy, and others have no idea what exactly it is that they are ‘purging’, if they were to be advised of the exact concerns that women and gay people have re ‘Gender self Identifying’, I would be surprised if they were to not understand and empathize. So many it seems are willing to go along with this, and it is my opinion that it is done so through sheer ignorance. We here already know that the Trans cult is a catastrophe in the making, well, right now in fact as we live through it.

Michael Lynch

12th February 2020 at 6:33 pm

Nandy and Long-Bailey do understand who they are purging; themselves.

Ngaio Malcolm

13th February 2020 at 8:14 pm

Are the Conservatives any better? Their new Sex and Relationships curriculum to be compulsory even for 5 year olds aims to promote transgenderism from an early age. The Archbishop of Canterbury also backs this and the new A. Of York promotes organisations such as Mermaids. He has told clergy who do not accept all this that they should leave the Church. One of them who protested, John Parker has been forced out of his living over the issue. Labour is no worse than the Conservative Party or the Church of England.


16th February 2020 at 3:03 pm

You make it sound like there are hundreds of thousands of kids about to be forced into changing sex. Your post, like many on the S piked threads, smacks of ignorance and hysteria.

Jonathan Marshall

12th February 2020 at 5:02 pm

Total, utter insanity.
As far as electability is concerned the Labour Party is a dead duck – but it is the mad, shrieking rejection of scientific and biological fact which is truly sinister.

steve moxon

12th February 2020 at 5:28 pm

But there is NOT the scientific fact you claim. ‘Trans’ folk DO exist. It’s just that feminists hate the male-to-female ones and don’t mind about the female-to-male ones, and ‘identity politics; totalitarians are extending their victim culture nonsense to include all ‘trans’ when only the male-to-females are in receipt of negative attitude.

Ellen Whitaker

12th February 2020 at 8:01 pm

Trans male activists have kept a much lower profile. Trans men seem to want to blend and live their own lives. Trans-woman activists seem to want to take over female identity – to win all the womens’ athletic trophies, lead all the organization, to speak for women, as if their experience has been anything like that of most women. They act like a bunch of aggressive men who see woman as a very easy group to intimidate and bully. They need society’s tolerance, but they are the most intolerant group of all.

steve moxon

13th February 2020 at 12:48 am

‘Trans males’ [sic], that is female-to-male trans-sexuals [sic], don’t need to have any profile because there is no negative attitude towards them. There is a lot of negative attitude towards ‘trans women’ [sic] for the reason that they still appear male (much of the early impact of testosterone is impossible to reverse). It is naked misandry. They are not ‘trying to speak for all women’, though they are trying to pretend that they are a significant minority when in fact their are a minuscule minority, and, therefore, irrelevant. The context of this of course is the idiocy of ‘identity politics’ that the very feminists complaining here are instrumental in creating.
‘Trannies’ hoisting the fems by their own petard is great spectacle and all right by me!

Jim Lawrie

12th February 2020 at 4:59 pm

Before this latest fatwa 20% of those who abandoned Labour said they would probably return. Surely this stroke of genius will up that to least 50%.

One cannot help but suspect that the femmies and gay boys are a little miffed at the trannies jumping the queue. The poor lesbians never came anywhere near to the front in the first place, and now, stuffed down a memory hole, they have lost their spot altogether.

It would be best to scrap all special interest groups and just have one Party, where everyone is equal and no member is excluded from anything.


15th February 2020 at 12:46 pm

You stick it to the trannies, big Jim! What’s the weather like Kilwinning today, big man!?

Jerry Owen

17th February 2020 at 8:57 am

Let’s here your case for the EU empire.

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