The Scottish government is once again champing at the bit to satisfy the LGBTQI+ lobby. Holyrood’s grandiose plans for sex self-ID might finally have hit the buffers, but the voters need to keep a close eye on what is coming in its wake.
Yesterday, Emma Roddick – the Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees – announced a public consultation on ‘detailed proposals for legislation to end conversion practices in Scotland’. The way Roddick sells it, it sounds uncontroversial:
Our approach, set out in this consultation, aims to bridge this gap while ensuring that fundamental rights already enjoyed by people in Scotland, such as freedom of religion and the right to family and private life, are upheld. Our focus is on protecting people from harm.
The focus of this consultation is sexual orientation and gender identity. But behind the rainbows and sparkles, there is much to worry about.
In truth, the evidence for the extent of this alleged harm is weak. Roddick has cited the UK government’s National LGBT Survey Report from 2018. That was simply an online survey. It was uncontrolled, and the data and anecdotes were self-reported by respondents who quite frankly had a vested interest in talking up problems and making their situation appear worse than reality. After all, money and resources are hardly going to be directed to a community that is getting on well in life.
Furthermore, abusive and coercive practices are already unlawful in Scotland as they are throughout the UK. Roddick’s plans make that clear. To quote paragraph 68, for example, ‘The [new] statutory aggravation will address conversion practices that fall within existing criminal offences.’
Even the SNP must know there is no point passing legislation to ban something that is already illegal, and wasting time, effort, and resources in the process.