I’m a woman who won’t wheesht

@CallieMac88 is an Alba councillor in West Dunbartonshire. In a biting Twitter thread on Hogmanay, she explained why she is campaigning strongly against the Scottish Government’s proposed GRA reform and self-ID. With her permission, we share her excoriating words here

My life revolved around party campaigns, events, fundraising, etc. Like many others, I believed the SNP could and would be better.

I was wrong and, yes, they let many of us down, so don’t dare tell me to wheesht for Indy because the whole time the government insults women, we will not secure independence.

We have a government that views #hatefulhaberdashery as threatening while legitimate protest is scorned.

We have a First Minister happy to deliver emergency broom cupboard broadcasts misleading the nation to divert our attention from her failings, while refusing to engage across civic society.

Resist this regressive movement

We have government-funded women’s services, top heavy with “professional” feminists, all too willing to sell out the needs of the very women they are supposed to represent and ignoring women’s objections while eroding best practice.

We have grassroots women’s groups funded by ordinary people challenging the government’s unlawful actions, the erosion of women’s rights, language and our very existence. Yet again many women are left to do the heavy lifting.

We have a corrupt, anti-science ideology being embedded in our schools, masquerading as “progressive” when it’s actually deeply regressive, misogynistic and homophobic.

This is an ideology designed to dismantle our boundaries and discard safeguarding.

Public is on our side

Our services and institutions have been captured. Our police force prioritises violent sexual offenders’ wishes over women’s needs. These criminals are then placed in prison with vulnerable women who are further terrorised by their presence and behaviour.

We have a male running women’s services telling us “women must reframe their trauma”. They insult the many women who built these services by stating they will cleanse women’s history of their bigotry and those services that do not capitulate are being defunded.

Three recent polls confirm Scots overwhelmingly oppose self-ID. Where is the promised publication of the last consultation on GRA reform? And I mean all the responses, not just the cherry-picked ones that agree with government proposals.

We will be heard!

Many of us have lost trust and confidence in the Scottish Government as a result of its underhanded and pig-headed actions. Labelling us “the enemy” because we see the injustice and dangers of government proposals for self-ID sums up the totalitarianism rife at leadership level.

On the eve of a new year, my message to the Scottish Government is that we are no longer accepting your failure to engage with our VALID concerns.

We will not succumb to the bullying of your fly lords. We will be heard!


@VoteWithOurFeet is politically non-partisan. Our group is made up of women from all political parties and none. We welcome contributions to our blog from all sides, reflecting the views of ordinary women on the issue of self-ID and women’s rights

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