"A return towards communitarianism among conservative-minded theorists has caused other strands of conservative thinking to re-evaluate the approach to trade unions."
Forstater was supported by the well-known NGO defending freedom of expression Index On Censorship. This shows just how widely the concern is now about the debate on the Gender Recognition Act, as Index On Censorship works internationally to advocate for journalists under threat from government repression.
The Lib Dems said in May 2016 “…a vote to Leave would represent an immediate and profound shock to our economy. That shock would push our economy into a recession and lead to an increase in unemployment of around 500,000”. Well, the economy did not go into recession, unemployment has fallen by over 300,000 since mid-2016 and employment has risen by over 800,000.
"The Tories may well change the rights of workers but at least we will have the possibility as a Labour Party and trade union movement to put those back, as we have done before. When those rights go in the EU, they are gone for good. They become more or less unalterable.”
There is no reason why meritocracy can’t be compatible with an agenda focused on reducing poverty. However it may require abandoning the myth that every difference in outcome is the result of government not doing enough, or discrimination of some kind.