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Exclusive On Transdon: The Saxon Village That Became One Of Britain's Hotbeds For Gender Grooming (And Worse)
The story of Swindon Town and the surge in trans-identified kids.
Swindon started off as a tiny Saxon village. Its name derives from the words “Swine Dun”, literally translating to “Pig Hill”.
By the 1300s, the village transformed itself into a small town, with a bustling weekly farmers’ market. Skip forward a casual 400 years, the town opened its doors to industry and became home to several stone quarries. Jump another 300 years or so, and it now churns out some of the highest numbers for gender referrals in Britain.
So how did we go from pig hill to trans hill?
Earlier this month, The Daily Mail published an exclusive report uncovering Swindon Council’s 2022 Sexual Education Programme for schoolchildren. Featured, front and centre, is a diagram of a “gingerbread person” that distinguishes between “gender identity”, “gender expression”, and “anatomical sex”.
It supplemented this with a “Gender Galaxy” that further differentiated between “assigned sex” and “gender identity”. Note the presentation of the “gender identity” galaxy compared to “assigned sex”. One is more busy, colourful, and vibrant while its adversary appears comparatively empty, distant, and dull.
Any objective observer can see how one grips younger audiences over the other.
The guidance contained another instructional graphic on how to make a “dental dam” with a split condom. Dental dams are used for oral sex. Other parts of the pack offered advice on how to apply condoms for anal sex.
Authors of the exclusive, Dan Sales and Iwan Stone, failed to clarify what age group this part of the guidance targeted.
In what it did specify for an age group, the programme encouraged 11-year-olds to make models of their genitals, sexual organs, and bodily fluids from supermarket goods. The exercise involved dividing children into two teams and giving them items including bananas, pears, walnuts and hand lotion to fashion a penis, a uterus, testicles and “prostate fluid”.
There was additional instruction for teachers to not use the word “breasts” but “chest issue”. Biological terms can be troublesome, says the programme, as “trans or non-binary people may feel negatively towards their breasts”.
Upon first reading The Mail’s exclusive, I took to Twitter/X to call out the council’s leader, Jim Robbins. However, not realising The Labour Party had recently taken over the council, I made a bit of a faux pas. Turns out, the materials were created during the prior Conservative administration when David Renard was Council Leader.
I corrected my mistake within the hour and asked Jim Robbins for clarity, which is where things got interesting...
After sending him a direct message (DM) on Twitter asking whether the materials were still being distributed and if he disapproved of them, he responded with “it was all done under the previous Tory administration”. It was a prompt response that did not answer several straight forward questions.
I then posted a screenshot of the DMs so followers could see and relayed the fact that he had ignored them.
Suddenly, a rambunctious Robbins sprung back into action and denied the obvious, stating that he didn’t ignore them, and then said that he is actually on holiday with his family, adding, rather spicily, that he has better things to do than “deal with liars” (me being the alleged liar).
Strange... In the same amount of time he took to respond, he could have answered the original questions but never mind.
After this interaction, several individuals familiar with the case got in touch with one informing me that the Sex Education Programme was created by one lady, Gail McVicar.
According to her LinkedIn page, McVicar has worked for Swindon Borough Council for over 16 years. During her tenure, she has operated as a Youth Engagement Worker, a Senior Youth Engagement Worker and a Harmful Behaviour Project Coordinator. This has involved “provid(ing) supportive programming for LGBT+ young people, including transition plans for Trans young people to come out within school”.
McVicar’s Twitter/X feed exhibits a clear progressive bias. She has previously reposted tweets supportive of organisations such as BLM, Stand Up To Racism, and promoted content from the likes of Sadiq Khan.
Such politics has become commonplace among British educators. One of the most recent polls we have on teachers revealed that 49% vote Labour, 22% vote Liberal Democrat (soft left), and only 14% vote Conservative. That was during a year when the Conservatives were in pretty good stead.
The same source sent me a screenshot of an email that further showed McVicar’s severe bias on “gender identity”. She writes not only are 12-13 year olds to be taught “respectful” terminology but that biological men must be referred to as “people with a penis” and biological women as “people who menstruate”.
In short, hyper-partiality is caked throughout her work.
Now, current Department for Education guidelines (DfE) outline specific rules for political impartiality in schools. When teaching about “political topics”, teachers must give a balanced factual account of the topic. Since McVicar does not challenge the concept of “gender identity” in the programme she created for Swindon Council, logic dictates it breaks those rules.
Here comes the confusing part.
DfE states that “pupils should be taught the facts and the law about sex, sexuality, sexual health and gender identity in an age-appropriate way”. But they also proclaim, “you should not reinforce harmful stereotypes, for instance by suggesting that children might be a different gender based on their personality and interests or the clothes they wear”. Nor should teachers push the idea that not conforming to gender stereotypes is synonymous with having a different “gender identity”.
To unjumble the word salad, DfE is broadcasting mixed-messages and in the fallout, activist educators like McVicar are running riot. Possibly placing children, who could just be rejecting the odd gender stereotype, on a medical pathway to puberty blockers and eventually, trans-surgery. That there is no law on “gender identity” and yet DfE explicitly instructs schools to teach about it perfectly encapsulates the absurdity.
Anti-gender grooming campaigners have aired frustration with DfE guidelines. They argue DfE, councils, and schools have failed in their safeguarding duty. This was most recently exemplified by Swindon Council when they scrapped the Sex Ed programme during the last Conservative administration but did not reissue clear directives.
The same source that sent me McVicar’s email revealed the council has not responded to their official complaints submitted back in 2021. They also said Mr Robbins has not responded to their Subject Access Requests regarding the programme.
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information Request showed that Swindon recorded under-18 gender referrals at twice the rate of the national average in 2018 and 2019.
Local Swindon pride groups have received claims of more sinister safeguarding breaches. In June this year, Swindon & Wiltshire Pride hosted a Drag Queen Story Time Hour for children featuring drag queen “Aida H Dee”, also known as Sab Samuels. Past social media posts show Samuels bragging about having “a fabulous interview about how I have successfully made turning children gay possible. The answer (is) my gay books.” While others posts exhibit him declaring “love has no age”.
In 2018, Swindon locals discovered that the same pride group had previously employed a convicted paedophile named Lee Clarke. Clarke was reportedly not only made Chairman of the organisation but later Entertainments Manager, where he would contact schools and invite children to participate in various pride events. Either Swindon & Wilshire Pride did not conduct a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (criminal record check) on Clarke or they simply ignored it.
Another possibility is that the DBS check came up blank. The organisation Keep Prisons Single Sex outlines several loopholes. One of which allows registered sex offenders or convicted paedophiles to change their name. This can sever the link with their criminal record and enable them to pursue employment where it would otherwise not be possible.
Loopholes like these are what led to paedophile, Carl Beech, to pass enhanced DBS checks and work as manager of the patient advisory and liaison service at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital. Beech was also a governor at two schools, Severn Vale, an academy in Quedgeley on the outskirts of Gloucester, and Beech Green primary school, also in Quedgeley.
Swindon has become a quagmire. Its transformation serves an exemplar of the consequences of DfE’s doublespeak and what happens when activists educators are allowed to create resources. It appears this backseat drifting from authorities has further placed children in danger in LGBTQ circles, which predators have likewise infiltrated due to the frailty of existing safeguarding frameworks.
One thing is for certain, safeguarding measures require a desperate overhaul.
Barrister Anna Loutfi has already set the wheels in motion. On behalf of a number of British parents, she is currently suing DfE on the grounds of negligence for a failure to act on the foreseeable harms caused to children by gender ideology.
You can find out more about the ongoing case here.
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