James Kirkup

Why I'm glad Boris and Starmer are sitting out the trans rights war

3 August 2020 7:24 pm

I’m starting to think that Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have quite similar views about the politics of trans rights,…

The BBC's failure to report gender identity accurately

17 July 2020 8:14 pm

‘Blackpool woman accessed child abuse images in hospital bed’. It’s a good headline, in that it catches your attention. But…

Gavin Williamson is right to call out educational snobbery

9 July 2020 10:32 pm

Politicians give speeches all the time, but with differing levels of significance. Can you think of a genuinely important political…

Are whistleblowers being silenced at the NHS gender clinic?

9 July 2020 2:24 am

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust carries out some of the most…

Boris’s gender change shake-up leaves Labour with a difficult choice

14 June 2020 9:36 pm

The Sunday Times says Boris Johnson is going to reject May-era proposals to allow people to “self-identify” changes of their…

JK Rowling and the road to terfdom

8 June 2020 9:17 pm

The tale of JK Rowling, finally revealed as a modern-day witch guilty of wickedness over sex and gender, is one…

The NHS has quietly changed its trans guidance to reflect reality

4 June 2020 5:44 pm

Imagine you have a child who says they believe they were born in the wrong body, describing what amounts to…

Dominic Cummings is more powerful than ever

30 May 2020 3:25 pm

Power does not corrupt. It reveals. It was once said of Abraham Lincoln: ‘Nothing discloses real character like the use…

In defence of political journalists

28 April 2020 9:26 pm

It is open season on the Lobby. Social media is full of condemnation for political correspondents over the questions they…

Boris is right to talk about the coronavirus as a mugger

28 April 2020 12:53 am

Is the SARS-CoV-2 virus comparable to a man who accosts you in the street and tries to steal your phone…

There is nothing 'tough' about beating coronavirus

8 April 2020 4:04 pm

‘Boris is a very tough, very resilient person. … I’m sure he’ll come through this.’ That was David Cameron on…

Matt Hancock and Rishi Sunak show why we need professional politicians

3 April 2020 8:15 pm

Coronavirus commentary often takes a familiar form, which can easily be parodied thus: ‘Why the Coronavirus crisis justifies the thing…

The worst thing about having coronavirus

20 March 2020 1:29 am

Be honest: when you first heard about self isolation, did you think, just for a second: ‘that sounds good’? Many…

The minister who politely refused to play the trans language game

11 February 2020 9:50 pm

This is an article about the power of language in the transgender debate, about how the trans agenda has been…

Was this journalist sacked for saying ‘sex is binary’?

22 January 2020 10:35 pm

I write a lot about transgenderism. I do so for several reasons. Among them: because politicians still aren’t doing their…

Harry has deserted the Royal Marines in their hour of need

20 January 2020 6:13 pm

I have been trying with considerable success not to give two hoots about this Harry and Meghan thing. But a…

In just a few words, JK Rowling has changed the transgender debate

20 December 2019 1:52 am

One of the (many) frustrations of writing a lot about sex and gender is knowing that there are a lot…

Now even rape is ‘gender neutral’

18 December 2019 11:47 pm

First, a warning. This is one of those articles where I use the word ‘penis’ a lot. Yes, another one.…

Boris Johnson has all the power. Here’s what he’ll do with it

13 December 2019 11:45 pm

Put aside the surprise at the scale of the Tory gains and look at where those gains came, and consider…

Corbynomics won’t help the poor

7 December 2019 1:20 am

Here’s a curiosity of the 2019 general election: given that both the big parties agree that austerity is over and…

The document that reveals the remarkable tactics of trans lobbyists

3 December 2019 1:14 am

A great deal of the transgender debate is unexplained. One of the most mystifying aspects is the speed and success…

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Hillary Clinton is right to question transgender orthodoxy

13 November 2019 2:56 am

Hillary Clinton’s BBC interview in London is making headlines mainly about Russia, but students of the debate about transgender rights…

The hole at the heart of Tory economics

3 November 2019 7:42 pm

Whatever else is true of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, they have communicated a fairly clear idea of what they…

Ignore the spin. Boris surrendered to the Surrender Act

21 October 2019 12:41 am

What happened in Brexit this weekend? Here is the story in one sentence. Boris Johnson asked the EU to extend…

Meet the top cop who wants to police your pronouns

17 October 2019 5:12 am

What is the purpose of the police? Maybe your answer has something to do with “preventing crime” or “arresting criminals”.…