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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: At long last, the woke spell is being broken 

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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: At long last, the woke spell is being broken

Is this the landmark week when the tide finally began to turn against the relentless, pernicious march of woke fundamentalism?

For some time, our public institutions – from Parliament to the NHS, BBC and even our great universities – have been captured by identity politics promoted by a vociferous minority.

Of them all, one of the most toxic is trans extremism, which seeks to blur the line between sex and gender. It argues that a person should be allowed to self-identify as male or female.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson grasped the nettle. Rightly acknowledging complexities in the transgender debate, he came out fighting for women by saying biological males should not compete in female sports

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson grasped the nettle. Rightly acknowledging complexities in the transgender debate, he came out fighting for women by saying biological males should not compete in female sports

This is done under the cosy blanket of ‘inclusivity’. But anyone who raises obvious concerns that it erodes women’s rights risks being denounced as a ‘transphobe’ or, even more absurdly, as a ‘fascist’.

Of course, around the dinner tables of the fashionable people who think they know best, this orthodoxy has been unchallengeable. Not any more.

In last Friday’s Mail, three women launched a campaign warning that they and their supporters won’t vote for any politician who can’t answer the question of whether women can have penises. Millions have rallied round their flag.

Today we reveal that Health Secretary Sajid Javid is facing down activists by pressuring NHS bosses to exclude trans people from single-sex hospital wards to defend women’s privacy and safety

Today we reveal that Health Secretary Sajid Javid is facing down activists by pressuring NHS bosses to exclude trans people from single-sex hospital wards to defend women’s privacy and safety

Then, in an invigorating blast of common sense, the equalities watchdog made crystal clear that organisations could restrict services – such as changing rooms, toilets, gyms and refuges – to a single sex.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson grasped the nettle. Rightly acknowledging complexities in the transgender debate, he came out fighting for women by saying biological males should not compete in female sports.

And today we reveal that Health Secretary Sajid Javid is facing down activists by pressuring NHS bosses to exclude trans people from single-sex hospital wards to defend women’s privacy and safety.

Politically, the Tories are kicking an open door. As with Brexit, the bien pensant sneer. But the majority of ordinary, decent people fully agree with Mr Johnson.

The Prime Minister deserves huge praise for ignoring those who warned a foray into the explosive transgender debate could blow up in his face.

Labour, meanwhile, are a shambles on the issue. Barely a single one of their politicians can define what a woman is.

Once again, in thrall to a shrill minority within the party. Once again, completely out of touch with voters.

Next, Mr Johnson should have in his crosshairs our schools and universities, which stand accused of promulgating trendy but divisive ideologies.

Those who dare to question woke doctrines are treated as dangerous heretics.

Education is a sphere where freedom of speech and thought (the foundation stones of any liberal democracy) should be actively encouraged – not intolerantly silenced.

Be bold on energy, PM

If Mr Johnson wants Britain’s lights to stay on, he needs to be as bold on energy as he has been in the ‘war on woke’.

His vision of more nuclear reactors and a massive expansion of offshore wind production is admirable. But these are likely to take years to come on stream.

So there must be a reckoning of what power we can produce from renewables and exactly what the country needs.

To plug the gap, it is vital we ignore the shrieks of eco-warriors and exploit every drop of oil and gas beneath the North Sea.

Remaining pointlessly hamstrung by green dogma means remaining perilously reliant for energy on unpalatable regimes.

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