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Oh dear Carrie

Regulatory capture


The hate group is the Alliance Defending Freedom, which you may remember from its campaign against Scotland’s hate speech laws, or its witnesses in the case that banned puberty blockers for trans teenagers.

The ADF is viciously anti-LGBT+, as its its fellow Christian Right organisation the Heritage Foundation. That has its hooks in the UK government too: in the same month equalities minister Liz Truss decided to ignore public support for GRA reform, she was a guest speaker at a Heritage-funded event. Both groups have pretty obvious links to the highest profile anti-trans groups here too, and are often deeply involved in the legal cases aimed at removing trans people’s healthcare and human rights.

Ah, no, that’s not what regulatory capture means. Rather, it means that those who should be regulated end up controlling the regulatory system.

As and when Mermaids controls the regulation of kiddies getting their knackers cut off then that is regulatory capture. When people object to Mermaids gaining that control this is known as “free speech”.

Whether either side is right or wrong about what the policy should be is irrelevant to the point being made here. Regulatory capture means that those who should be regulated control the regulation.

ADF International’s UK office has publicly opposed protest-free ‘buffer zones’ around abortion clinics, supported calls for “freedom of conscience” provisions to enable medical staff to independently object to providing legal abortion services

And that second? That’s the law. Working for the NHS does not mean that you must perform abortions. That’s actually right there in the law right now.

9 thoughts on “Oh dear Carrie”

  1. I haven’t a clue what “GRA reform” is, but I suspect “public support” is about 3% & the majority would hunt the reformers with lions.

  2. With a title like “Oh Dear Carrie” it’s hard to know whether the post is going to be about Princess Nut Nut, or Boris’ current squeeze.

  3. BiS

    GRA is the Greyhound Racing Association and with tracks closing all over the country, it is high time for reform.

  4. Gender Recognition Act, the one that the govt got cold feet on when they did real public consultation not just taking advice from within the trans bubble

  5. There are less Jews than Muslims, not only in the UK, but in the world at large (we are only 0.2% of the total population).

    So will these do-gooder types stand up to the anti-Semitism festering in the no-go zones, then? Or are we still not enough of a minority?

    Just interesting how the Oppression Olympics works is all.

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