That this ran yesterday in the Guardian is another data point for my suspicion that the scandal of ‘trans kids’ is now breaking, albeit in slow motion theguardian.com/society/2021/m…
It’s also increasingly evident that having a mostly socialised healthcare system has been a major drag on efforts by the Meat Lego end of Big Pharma to reframe healthcare as a matter for self-actualisation and consumer choice
Not only is the US system (for example) more fragmented but the idea that healthcare is a matter for individual responsibility & choice makes it much more difficult to argue against elective medical interventions in the name of personal development / inner identity
The NHS, for all its flaws, does retain some sense that the community as a whole has a stake in collective health, and as such healthcare is not purely a matter for individualised inputs and outcomes as a consumer/‘service user’ but (at least a bit) a set of mutual obligations
It’s much harder to argue in that context that an individual should have an untrammelled right to privatise and endlessly modify their own physiology to accord with inner identity, or at least harder to argue that the community as a whole is obliged to bankroll it

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More seriously, when it feels no shame in saying the quiet anti-family part out loud like this it really is time to kick the cuckoo ideology of GDP growth and market worship out of the conservative nest
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