Only in my hometown of Brighton and Hove (a delightful seaside city turned wretched by its political class) could such a thing happen. Only here could a city council be so captured by gender ideology, so eager to be its loyal flagship, that it would physically eject a woman from the town hall chamber for simply opposing its cloyingly woke groupthink.
The opposition that resident Kay Lyons tried to voice in the precious time-slot the public are allowed was no more than a passionate plea to repair what she believed to be breaches in schools child safeguarding procedures. In Brighton and Hove, a growing number of parents share these concerns. In one instance, known to the council and freely admitted by the secondary school concerned, teachers were aware of a child’s use of a breast-binder in school but tacitly supported its use and withheld the information from the parents.
As the video webcast testifies, Kay Lyons hadn’t used foul or threatening language or accused an individual of wrongdoing. She hadn’t glued herself to the table in front of her or got up and sprayed paint across the Mayor’s crimson robes. Nor had she grabbed the ceremonial mace and waved it about (as our tantrum prone MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle had done in parliament in 2018). No – in fact, Lyons hadn’t even finished her question when, without any warning, her microphone was cut off and three security men surrounded her.