JOANNA SPEAKS OUT!

YOURS FOR SCOTLAND

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE NATIONAL. MY ARTICLE OF THE WEEK.

A WEEK is a long time in politics. The past fortnight feels like an eternity. Two weeks ago, the SNP leadership produced an 11-point plan conceding the need for a plan B if the British Government continues to refuse a Section 30 order and embracing the legal route for a second independence referendum for which I have long advocated.

I cannot pretend I’m completely satisfied with the detail of the plan but it’s a step in the right direction.

One week ago, the Justice Secretary introduced an amendment to the Hate Crime Bill to address concerns raised by a wide range of civic society bodies, MSPs and others. The amendment was designed to ensure that women who wish to discuss women’s sex-based rights would be protected from charges of transphobic hate crime. This seemed reasonable in…

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