Under lock and key

When Isla Bryson was a bald, neck tattooed, hard as nails looking bloke called Adam Graham they raped two women. (In deference to the victims I will deliberately use the incorrect pronoun throughout because referring to them as her would be an insult to the two women who were sexually attacked.)

While awaiting trial “they” decided to transition and become a woman and on conviction was remanded to a woman’s prison in Stirling to await sentencing.

Last week, after intervention from Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon (a rare occasion that I have opted not to refer to her as Jimmy Krankie to avoid any gender confusion), because of, for once, perfectly viable concerns over placing a double rapist in an institution populated by women, she was moved to a male wing of HMP Edinburgh.

For once I find myself in agreement with the wee one. It is surely out of the question for a convicted sexual predator to serve out what is likely to be a very lengthy sentence with women. Bryson’s decision to change gender has no bearing on the offence they committed as a man.

Adam Graham didn’t die to be magically replaced by Isla Bryson like some cleansed spirit. It’s going to take a lot more than growing a fringe (or is it a wig?) and getting a manicure to do that.

The person who committed those rapes is still there under that hair and if they can’t be put somewhere because of the risk they pose to the other inmates and it’s not practical to keep them in solitary confinement for the length of the sentence, then there is only one option left and that’s where they are now.

In my opinion, Bryson/Graham gives decent, civilised transgender people a bad name. “They” forfeited certain rights when “they” raped those women and I have zero sympathy for what may happen to them in HMP Edinburgh.

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As letters saying you’re sacked go, Rishi Rich’s correspondence to Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday was more a termination tome than the straightforward clear your desk, leave that stapler and vacate the building the rest of us plebs would have got.

It was a “You’re fired but look at all the wonderful things you’ve achieved” letter.

And to cap it off, how many dismissed employees get to pen a 2,000-word letter in reply?

There’s a couple of times I could have made good use of a 2,000-word right of reply.

But Nadhim spent his blaming the “Fourth Estate” (that’s the national press) for his political downfall.

Now there are plenty of things that national media can be criticised for, but it wasn’t newspapers that broke the Ministerial Code multiple times. It wasn’t newspapers that had to pay a seven figure tax settlement including a penalty and it wasn’t newspapers that ignored the obvious conflict of interest regarding a by then Chancellor of the Exchequer in conflict with HMRC over his personal tax affairs.

At no point does he apologise or even accept any wrongdoing at all. There’s a complete lack of responsibility for what has happened or for the damage caused to a government which has already suffered irreparable damage to its credibility.

Those words integrity, professionalism and accountability will come to haunt Rishi Sunak because they have already become ironic.

And that’s before the Raab situation is dealt with.

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Funny how there can be such a fuss over the Oscar nomination for British actress Andrea Riseborough in the little known film For Leslie yet not a word has been said about how an abomination like Top Gun: Maverick made it onto the best picture list.

Stupid TV quiz answer of the week

Mastermind

Q: Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and the sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton made up which girl band in the 1990s?

A: The Nolans?

Edward Case

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