Trans has been all the rage this week. We have had headlines about trans swimmers and cyclists, opinion pieces by talented, handsome, and eager young commentators about the political response to his issue, and even the International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st. All very worthy
. But the most important bit of trans-related news for Conservatives was the announcement by Jamie Wallis, MP for Bridgend, that he is transgender, giving Britain its first ever trans MP. Naturally, we couldn’t resist asking our panel for their thoughts.
We asked whether they were proud or not proud of the first trans MP being a Tory, or whether they were neither, or if they didn’t know if they had a view. 19.58 percent said they were proud; 18.68 percent they were not. So about 19 percent for either poles of pride or shame.
The far more popular response, picked by 59.14 percent of respondents, was neither. Rather than waving the blue, pink, and white flag, or fulminating into their favourite J. K. Rowling novel, most of our panel were indifferent to Wallis’ big revelation.
What can this tell us? Not necessarily that the announcement is unimportant. After all, there comes a natural feeling of satisfaction at beating the identity-obsessed Left at their own game. But it perhaps also suggests that the average Tory’s reaction (if there is such a thing) is one that should please any libertarian: they have little interest in an MP’s private life, and they are not opposed on principle to transgenderism.
Nevertheless, with the increasing pushback on transgender participation in female sports and disagreements over the inclusion of transgenderism in the upcoming(ish) Conversion Therapy Bill, Tory tempers on trans are hardly likely to die down in the coming months.
One suspects this will not be the last time that our members are asked about these issues – but it may be the last time so many panellists don’t take a side.