Gender-critical views shared by civil servants are likened to ‘Nazism’ by colleagues in diversity meeting
Gender critical views shared by civil servants were compared with ‘Nazism’ by colleagues in a meeting discussing diversity.
Members of the civil service group Sex Equality and Equity Network (SEEN) – which believes that biological sex is binary and immutable – were targeted for their views on women’s rights, with one civil servant allegedly accusing the group of wanting to ‘destroy’ the LGBT+ community.
During an online meeting, one colleague is said to have accused SEEN members of ‘holding views that resemble Nazism’, while other comments caused at least one member of the network to leave the call in protest.
A Government spokesman said: ‘As required by the Civil Service Code, and as the public rightly expects, all civil servants must act impartially.
‘Where any individual is found to be breaking the Civil Service Code, appropriate action will be taken.’
Gender critical views shared by civil servants were compared with ‘Nazism’ by colleagues in a meeting discussing diversity (file image)
The claims, made in the Sunday Telegraph, are the latest to rock the civil service amid claims it is facing a ‘woke takeover’ in a row over gender identity and trans rights.
A letter signed by a cohort of more than 40 mandarins from departments across Whitehall to Cabinet Secretary Simon Case said staff face ‘serious harassment’ at work and fear being victimised if they air views that a person’s biological sex cannot be changed.
They said ideology on gender promoted by trans campaigners has become embedded in the civil service and is regarded as ‘undisputed fact’.
The letter claims this represents a ‘significant breach of impartiality’ that could ‘improperly influence Government policy’.
The letter states: ‘Many of us have experienced some form of professional disadvantage because we do not believe that the concept of gender identity is meaningful, or that it is more important than sex.
Members of the civil service group Sex Equality and Equity Network (SEEN) – which believes that biological sex is binary and immutable – were targeted for their views on women’s rights
‘Several of us have been through stressful and intrusive employment disputes.’
It adds: ‘We are concerned that the widespread incorporation of the concept of “gender identity” into the language and internal policies of the Civil Service constitutes a significant breach of impartiality.’
It follows claims civil servants have been asked to use gender-neutral language, refrain from using the phrase ‘mum and dad’, and not to block biological men who identify as women from using female bathrooms.
A signatory of the letter told the newspaper: ‘There has been a widespread woke takeover of Whitehall that our most senior officials have swallowed hook, line and sinker.’
A Cabinet Office spokesperson said Mr Case and senior civil service leaders take the issues raised in the letter ‘seriously’, and that the Cabinet Secretary responded to the letter.
The letter to Mr Case – the country’s most senior civil servant – comes amid the ongoing debate over trans guidance for schools, which the Government is still yet to publish.
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