Aside from his insistence that women should be excluded from all male institutions such as the Guildhall Lodge, Edward Lord – who plays a lead role in the council’s diversity initiatives – shared a flat with his fellow freemason and City of London councillor Matthew Richardson around the time the latter made a transphobic speech in the USA: “Matthew Richardson, Ukip’s party secretary and a close ally of Nigel Farage, branded trans women undergoing surgery ‘she-males’ and said the NHS should not help people who needed gender reassignment surgery. He blamed ‘socialists’ who he said supported people whose gender needed to be reassigned. ‘Socialists think that if somebody wants to reassign their gender the state should pay, they think that’s how the world works,’ he told an audience of several right-wing groups in the United States. ‘So if you love she-males come to the United Kingdom, if you love freedom – stay here [the United States].’ ”
If the publicly available minutes of the Standards Committee for the City of London council are reliable, then the Standards Committee is more than just substandard, it is not fit for purpose. Since the men involved were Freemasons, the subject under discussion was Freemasonry, and the majority of the committee present seem to belong to this fraternal organisation, potential external perceptions include a reinforcement of the widespread view that Freemasonry is sinister and conspiratorial.Read more "City of London Standards Committee Freemasonry discussion substandard?"