The Network Rail ‘diversity champion’ behind the controversial ‘Pride pillar’ has found himself at the centre of a misogyny row as his social media history comes under scrutiny. The Mail has more.
Shane Andrews, who chairs Network Rail’s employee network for promoting LGBT inclusion, was criticised after a number of deeply offensive social media posts emerged.
Campaigners said they were “horrified” by the tweets – some of which date back as far as a decade – and include derogatory language towards women and lesbians.
They also include lewd references to then-teenaged Tom Daley, suggestions he would try to photograph a “sexy conductor” without his knowledge and an offensive joke about Anne Frank.
In a recent tweet defending National Rail’s decision to install a ‘Pride pillar’ in London Bridge station, Mr. Andrews posted: “No time for TERFs [trans-exclusionary radical feminists]. They’re not even worth my energy replying/arguing/debating.
“Trans people are people, not a subject to be debated. Everyone matters. Trans rights are human rights.”
The word ‘terf’ has been used as a pejorative for feminists who hold gender-critical views.
Mr. Andrews was awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours Lists for his work to boost inclusivity, referencing his work as a Scout leader. He is no longer a member of the Scouts.
At the time Network Rail described the achievement as “instrumental in helping us become more reflective of the communities we serve”.
But campaigners questioned a number of misogynistic posts made by Mr. Andrews, including one describing Carole Vorderman as a “bitch”.
Another said: “I hate Gaby Logan [sic]. Not a clue about rugby. Bloody bimbo.” …
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We have become aware of Shane’s posts on X and are looking into the issue with him.”
Not that we endorse offence archaeology on the Daily Sceptic, you understand. But those who suspect that woke activists who go round dismissing ‘TERFs’ as not worthy of rational engagement are just finding new ways to express their underlying misogyny will not have been reassured by these revelations.