ANDREW PIERCE: Top Tories back a peerage for trans row Professor

ANDREW PIERCE: Top Tories back a peerage for trans row professor Kathleen Stock after she was hounded out of her job by balaclava-wearing activists’ vindictive campaign

Hounded out of her job for her feminist views in the trans debate, academic Kathleen Stock is an archetypal victim of cancel culture.

My moles tell me that a number of senior Tories are now lobbying Downing Street to give Kathleen Stock (pictured) a peerage writes Andrew Pierce 

Stock, who is gay and opposes ‘self ID’ for trans people, which makes it easier for biological males to enter women-only spaces, was until recently Professor of Philosophy at Sussex University.

Then balaclava-wearing trans-rights activists forced her out of her job by running a vindictive campaign, brandishing signs demanding for her to resign and, they hoped, ending her career.

Yet Stock may have the last laugh. My moles tell me that a number of senior Tories are now lobbying Downing Street to give her a peerage — even though the academic was hardly famous before the row put her at odds with the woke orthodoxy. 

One source says: ‘She could go in to the Lords as an independent — her voice would be hugely important in the culture war.’ The move would be cheered by traditionalists as much as it would infuriate the Twitterati.

Yet would Boris Johnson ever get it past his wife Carrie?

Mrs J has consistently sided with LGBT pressure group Stonewall, which takes a diametrically opposed view from Stock and continues to insist that ‘trans women are women’.

Although the red benches are stuffed as it is, in my view this is one brave scholar who does deserve to ‘don’ the ermine.

Mrs J has consistently sided with LGBT pressure group Stonewall, which takes a diametrically opposed view from Stock and continues to insist that ‘trans women are women’ Andrew Pierce writes

Overheard in the Commons: ‘Will all the members of the public who were fined for breaking lockdown rules now be getting a refund?’

Revealing why she turned down the BBC1 controller job, Dame Esther Rantzen said: ‘There are some people who are very good performers and communicators who should never go into management. 

Management means you have to see if someone two doors down is having a party against the rules, doesn’t it?’ 

Who at Broadcasting House could she mean? 

The betting markets correctly predicted the result of last week’s by-election in North Shropshire, but bookies are in for a nasty shock if punters are right about the identity of the next PM. 

According to the Oddschecker website, the most popular bet for the next Prime Minister is currently Jeremy Corbyn

According to the Oddschecker website, the most popular bet is currently Jeremy Corbyn — and he accounts for a remarkable 22 per cent of all bets. The odds? William Hill is offering 250-1 if Jez is next to wave from the steps of No. 10. Perish the thought!

Talking of Corbyn, Stephen Pollard, departing Jewish Chronicle editor, reveals how his newspaper exposed the anti-Semitism under the bearded socialist’s leadership. ‘We had a mole in his campaign team,’ reveals Pollard. 

‘He turned up to help but was sickened by casual anti-Semitic remarks he heard from some other volunteers.’ 

More proof that Keir Starmer was right to kick out Corbyn.

Freed from Cabinet duties, having been sacked as media minister last September, John Whittingdale had time to enjoy a night out rocking to Bootleg Blondie, ‘the world’s No 1 Debbie Harry tribute band’. 

Whitto was a fan of the lookalike siren: ‘This version is better . . . And they’re endorsed by Debbie!’ he enthused as he posted a picture of ‘Debbie Harris’ at Witham Public Hall in Essex. 

The band played hits including Hanging On The Telephone and Call Me. I hope these didn’t bring back painful memories of the reshuffle.

 TV crew at it like news bunnies 

Tucked away in the winter edition of Order! Order!, the magazine for ex-MPs, is former Tory MP Jerry Hayes. 

Ex Tory MP Jerry Hayes ooks back fondly on the days of L!ve TV in the winter edition of Order! Order!; the magazine for ex-MPs writes Andrew Pierce 

He looks back fondly on the days of L!ve TV, the cable station run by the Mirror newspaper group during the late 1990s that broadcast such edifying content as topless darts, a ‘News Bunny’ mascot and a stripper to deliver financial news. 

‘My favourite moment was being interviewed by David Banks, ex-editor of The Mirror,’ recalls Hayes. 

‘In the ad break, the camera operators hopped onto a nearby couch and had sex. And then casually went back to film us.’ 

Whatever they say, sex clearly doesn’t always sell: the station lost £7 million a year before it was closed. 

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