This is the topic I’d promised myself that I’d refrain from commenting on. After all, there is Literally No Point. Any line of engagement with LGBTQI+++ ideology which does not take the form of abject acquiescence is, by definition, the kind of hate crime for which self-immolation is the only just outcome. And I’d managed so well, but then the Welsh Government published its ‘Open Consultation’ [sic] entitled Consultation on the LGBTQ+ Action Plan, and I could feel a deep, irresistible rumbling in my bowels that was not to be denied.
The ‘Open Consultation’, is of course, almost nothing of the sort. The ‘consultation’ bit comes right at the end of a very protracted piece of ideological agitation, and very partisan political manoeuvring, and asks a very limited set of feedback questions, the structure of which largely decides the kinds of answers that will be received. I read the Consultation Paper, and then I read the LGBTQ+ Action Plan for Wales, conscious that both documents are rammed with questionable presuppositions, and the kinds of blanket assertions for which precisely zero evidence is provided. The whole exercise is driven by a particular kind of ideologue, and the only ‘open’ thing about it was my mouth as the text seemed to compete with itself in a kind of advanced form of obfuscation. Where on earth do they train people to write this stuff? At what point did we all sign up to the redefinition of ‘Open Consultation’ to mean ‘Ideologically Blinkered GroupThink’?
It may be worrying when Government ministers continually assure us that they are “following the science”, but it is far more concerning when they refrain from confirming that “we’re following the ideology”, without adding “and we’re going to force you to do so, too”. For that, as far as I can see, is the only End of this particular process.
Almost every substantive point in the Action Plan may be reasonably questioned. To detail everything would therefore be a work beyond the scope of this little post, and in any case the tone and tenor of the document is suggestive of a mindset which has evolved beyond the point of rational dialogue.
I was struck by the sheer volume of specific, Welsh-Government initiatives, all designed to – in effect – privilege LGBTQI+++ groups beyond the limits of the spectrum of rights which are uneasily shared out amongst the other nominally protected characteristics of age, race, gender, religion, belief and disability. Within Welsh communities, the Government now intends to actively promote LGBTQI+++ causes in February, May, July, September, November and December. They’ve already pushed forwards on curriculum reform, so that access to schools is frequently only available through those rainbow archways. They’re offering PReP free on the NHS. They’ve established a gender identity service which helps “our trans family to be their true selves” – I wonder what, in practice, those ‘selves’ are, and how might they support people to be ‘true’ to them? Will that loving support also be available to the increasing number of damaged twenty-somethings that are desperate to de-transition, albeit in an ideologically inconvenient direction? That proposed ban on (undefined) ‘conversion therapy’ is almost bound to adversely affect people who realise that they’ve made an awful mistake. The Government supports Pride Cymru, funded a bespoke LGBTQ+ venue grant, enabled funding for drag artists… In the area around our church they’ve got rid of all non-resident parking, so the elderly (or anyone else) can no longer drive to church and park their cars.
Of course, the Action Plan is pushing for much, much more – so much more in fact that it is quite clear that the ‘inequality market’, if one may so describe it, has effectively been privatised under our collective noses. The Action Plan commits itself to fifty-eight specific actions (supplementary to everything that is already happening), and is littered throughout with the terminology manufactured by Critical Theorists in order to advance their agendas in the public space. And, because the human rights element has effectively been hijacked by a single ideology, this whole exercise in effect steals our own culture from under our feet. This is scary stuff. If people are not outraged by it, then it is either because they have already lost the will to live, or are cowed by the vicious polemic in the public space – or because they have replaced democracy with the will to power, and no longer believe in the nature of democratic discourse. Modern progressive ideology is Nietzsche all the way down.
If ‘equality’ is a thing, then it has to be available for all of us – and the framework for constructing that equality has to be democratic, rather than the sole province of a particular kind of ideology. In practice, the Welsh Government’s Action Plan embodies the equality of Orwell’s Animal Farm. It is intriguing – and significant – that the (Welsh) Government has published a Strategic Equality Plan, a Race Equality Action Plan, a Framework for Action on Disability, and a Gender Equality Plan, but absolutely nothing in relation to those two other ‘protected characteristics’ (belief and religion). Indeed, the only references to religious communities in this paper simply allude to the ways in which people of faith must shift ground to accommodate this increasingly privileged minority.
And of that latter process, there is no evidence of an end in sight.