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Neale Hanvey – The Lion of Truth

Updated: Apr 3, 2023



According to Saint Augustine “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself”. Over the past couple of weeks, the lion of truth has emerged on two fronts that are of national and political importance.


On Thursday 26th January at First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon was confronted with the reality of the lengths determined and devious male predators will go to access vulnerable women’s spaces. The news that double-rapist Adam Graham had been redirected to serve his sentence in Cornton Vale women’s prison demolished every misguided assertion the FM has made tha


t her gender self-identification priority posed no threat to women.


In her subsequent broadcast interview, she branded anyone with genuine and understandable concerns over this outrage, a transphobe, a bigot, homophobic and probably racist.




Sadly, such accusations are nothing new.


In the lead up to the 2019 General Election I raised my concerns about trans-identifying male paedophile Katie Dolatowski who assaulted a 10-year-old girl in the toilets of Kirkcaldy’s Morrison’s supermarket. The then minister for equalities, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP told me to be silent on the matter, but when I did speak out, the SNP party machine attacked me.





This mess is entirely of the First Minister’s own making, yet those MSPs who supported her dangerous policy must also own their decision. At the 2019 General Election, I was the only candidate prepared to speak out against this ‘Queer Theory’ ideology that monsters’ women, is profoundly homophobic and misuses the vital protections trans people need as an anarchic battering ram to fundamental equalities and safeguarding principles.




This sorry episode demands an urgent need to strengthen safeguardi


ng across all public bodies.


On 1st February 2023, I had the great honour of joining a long and honourable tradition of moving a Scotland Bill in the House of Commons. My Scotland (Self Determination) Bill has a vital difference from the federal, home rule or devolution bills of the past. It proposes that Westminster recognise Scottish sovereignty by establishing an equitable legal mechanism transferring legislative power to Scotland’s Parliament – as they used to say in Ireland, the freedom to obtain freedom.



To make my case I reached as far back as 1894, citing Gladstone, Churchill, Thatcher, and Major, all ostensibly speaking down through the years in support of my Self Determination Bill. The lion of truth has shown us, Scotland needs Self Determination, not self-identification.


To read the Scotland (Self-Determination) Bill, click here.



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