AliceIn case you missed it, last week saw the long-awaited announcement that M&S staff members will henceforth be wearing their preferred gender pronouns on badges (which has no doubt been demanded by all the old ladies who purchase their bloomers at the company’s branches); but at least the relentless imposition of a particular agenda on the public by corporations and institutions without prior consultation has momentarily paused at one of its main offenders. It may still be tediously ticking the diversity boxes with regards to its programming, but the BBC has belatedly pulled out of a questionable commitment to the dubious aims of the increasingly unhinged LGBTXYZ charity Stonewall. Yet should the national broadcaster have even signed-up for a programme run by an organisation which has become a platform for the most fanatical, zealous and nasty of Trans-activists, thus negating any reasoned debate on the issue across the allegedly impartial BBC?

Being a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions scheme may have won plenty Woke Brownie points in the social justice citadel of Broadcasting House, but the objectives of Stonewall can hardly be said to be reflective of the BBC’s dwindling (not to say ageing) audience. The appalling report that recently appeared on the BBC News website on how some young lesbians are being pressurised and bullied into having sexual relations with Trans-women for fear of being ostracised by pro-Trans social media hounds was a shocking eye-opener, not to say a surprising story to emerge from a news outlet so seemingly in thrall to the LGBTXYZ agenda over the past few years. Yet, perhaps its mere appearance was a positive sign, an indication of a conscious step back from a wholly biased campaigning role which isn’t something a publicly-funded broadcaster should be committing itself to.

The Diversity Champions programme is one of the many ways in which Stonewall has bought itself a foothold in several public institutions, influencing policy and effectively ring-fencing itself from criticism. By signing up to the scheme, the Beeb was required to pay the charity for ‘advice on creating inclusive workplaces’, a line straight out of the satirical BBC comedy series of a few years back, ‘W1A’. The fact that Ofcom and several government departments have already withdrawn from promoting this scheme perhaps made it easier for the BBC to pull out; naturally, however, this hasn’t prevented the predictable backlash from the usual suspects. The industry union, BECTU, reacted to the announcement by saying the decision would be ‘incredibly damaging to the morale of the LGBT workforce and will negatively impact the BBC’s ability to attract talent in the future.’ A strange choice of wording, there; surely talent is secondary when it comes to hiring new faces at the BBC?

What counts over talent at the BBC is the colour of one’s skin or one’s sexual preference or one’s gender, even though none should have the slightest bearing on one’s ability to do the job. If only talent were the main priority when it came to recruitment, perhaps more of the Corporation’s output would be worth watching because hiring would have been done on the basis of merit rather than any tokenistic quotas that require fulfilling. Mind you, the Beeb isn’t unique; English Touring Opera’s decision to make half of its orchestral players redundant solely because they’re not ‘ethnic’ enough is a case in point. Being denied employment due to the colour of one’s skin – didn’t that used to be called racial discrimination? And here’s me thinking all that had long since been outlawed.

Imagine a football team being put together based not on the abilities of the players, but because they ticked boxes unconnected to that ability; an insane proposition, but no more insane than an orchestra recruiting musicians on the same grounds. Perhaps even without throwing its lot in with Stonewall, the BBC remains entirely at home in an entertainment industry that can essentially draw-up a McCarthy-like blacklist of writers, directors, performers and artists with the ‘wrong opinions’ and/or ‘identity’ and continue to hire and promote mediocrities whose qualification for their positions is utterly unrelated to ability.

Still, the BBC would do well to be a tad more selective when it comes to ideological bedfellows. Stonewall has hardly covered itself in glory of late, losing many of its long-time supporters to newer organisations formed out of frustration with the direction Stonewall has been moving in – organisations such as the LGB Alliance, which Stonewall (and the Labour Party) has all-but labelled a far-right extremist anti-Trans ‘hate’ group. But charities need to be careful in adopting holier-than-thou stances. Recent exposés of the way some major charities are run – from Kids Company to the sexual exploitation of the natives by Oxfam employees to the revelation of the Aspinall Foundation (the wildlife conservation charity of which the PM’s missus is an employee) paying £150,000 in ‘interior design services’ to its chairman’s wife in 2020, has shown that many groups beginning with good intentions have morphed into organisations extolling all the immoral virtues of big business.

Perhaps it’s no surprise Stonewall has deviated so far from its original intention; when men can marry men and women can marry women and the age of consent is the same whichever way you bend, an organisation built to fight battles that have all been won has had to seek out – or invent – new battles to validate its existence. However, throwing its lot in with the Trans lobby – and its most bonkers fringes – has undoubtedly damaged the brand. Lest we forget, this is a charity that in prioritising one tiny minority provoked the split that led to the formulation of the LGB Alliance, which has provided a refuge for those now-marginalised within gay circles, especially lesbians. Whilst there is undoubtedly a touch of the Judean People’s Front and the People’s Front of Judea about this on the surface, some of the LGB Alliance’s statements on the kind of extreme policies pursued by Stonewall – the kind that alienate outsiders and can foster latent homophobia – sound pretty sensible and are far closer to what Stonewall used to represent before it went a bit mad.

The LGB Alliance is more in line with majority thinking in that it opposes some of the more fruitcake theories that are being bedded into the workplace environment and (more worryingly) in that gender identity social engineering lab, the classroom. The Scottish Government thinks it’s okay for children to decide what gender they are and parents don’t have to be consulted at all; similarly, they believe a biological man suddenly declaring he’s a woman without going through all that troublesome, time-consuming surgery (a process that indicates genuine commitment to the cause) has to now be recognised as a woman in law, giving him a free pass into the private spaces of actual women – and young girls, in the case of changing rooms. There’s now even a small movement emanating from (perhaps inevitably) California which demands the ‘negative’ term paedophilia be replaced with MAPs – Minor-Attracted People. ‘South Park’ beat them to it 20 years ago in an episode featuring NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Whenever ‘liberalism’ gets to the point it’s at right now, it always ends up back at the Paedophile Information Exchange.

At the moment, one could very easily conclude the West is a society sliding into decadence as its achievements are fashionably trashed and its institutions infiltrated by an Alice in Wonderland design for life in which (as someone once famously said) 2+2=5. Logic be damned as we reach the point that historically characterises the death throes of that society. When female crime figures soar because male villains in drag are listed as women and the further education system is so f***ed-up that female students struggling to cope with the financial demands of university are being offered courses in ‘sex work’ to make ends meet, we say no more because to do so is to be denounced as a bigot. But this isn’t just madness – this is M&S madness.

© The Editor




  1. Stonewall, like most other major campaigning and charitable organisations, may have started out with noble intentions and achieved many improvements along the way, but you only need to look at their organisation charts, particularly the payments to their leaders, to realise that, eventually, they all simply become self-sustaining businesses under a perceived cloak of philanthopy.

    And just like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and the rest who have had to engineer a continuity strategy when they see their original purpose becoming obsolete, they often embark on the most outrageously tenuous links to preserve not only their unit but, probably more pressing, their own personal positions. In the world of commerce, it’s not new – we may remember the huge Green Shield Stamp operation from the 1980s which, once trading stamps ceased to hold sway, chose to morph itself into Argos, providing the same stuff from the same buildings but simply for money, not the collected books of sticky labels. That’s evolution.

    Fortunately, many large charities are now belatedly being called out for their excesses and also for their woke-infested mindset (e.g. The National Trust) – Stonewall has pushed the envelope too far and will now struggle to recover its status. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last but that’s a good thing, as it paints many other, more genuine, charities in a negative hue by association.

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    1. I didn’t realise Argos had grown out of the old Green Shield Stamps – who can forget those books crammed with the bloody things, meticulously stuck in over a good two or three years all in the hope of acquiring a teasmade!


      1. In the 1970s to early 80s I worked at a petrol station which gave out quadruple Green Shield Stamps and I somehow managed to collect all the stamps which the customers forgot to demand (I never offered them, obviously). I became a regular at the Green Shield redemption shop, you’d be amazed the amount of stuff I acquired for free, helped equip the first house though.

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      2. I remember in the late 80s/early 90s, a smart-suited middle-aged man approached me on the street, asked me if I was a student and then thrust about half-a-dozen full Green Shield Stamp books in my hand, telling me to help myself. I think it must have been the time the whole scheme was being wound-up and it was the last chance to cash them in. I can’t remember what I ended up getting with them when I tracked the shop down, but the guy who handed them over obviously couldn’t be bothered standing in line for the sandwich toaster.


  2. Here you go.

    Also here is a link to a fairly comprehensive collection of viewable old Argos catalogues.

    The price depreciation on VCR machines through the years is astonishing. And to compare prices to today use this handy tool

    I read somewhere that the old Goblin Tea’s made factory in Belfast became the short lived Delorean factory, but don’t quote me on that.

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    1. Fascinating. That gallery of teasmade ads just takes me back to that sub-Reggie Perrin world of every bread-winner leaving the house at the same time every weekday morning, all probably waking up to the same cup of tea.


      1. …..and having toasted lava from the Breville at lunch followed by some monstrosity out of the pressure cooker for an evening meal. You only have to go to a car boot to see somethings never change. Sodastreams, coffee machines, deep fat fryers, halogen cookers, bread makers, juicers, steamers and George Foreman grills. to be followed by air fryers very soon.

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