The NHS has removed its draft ‘glossary of woke’ from public view after being accused of pushing "divisive" concepts on staff.
The document, entitled ‘Glossary A-Z’, covers a range of themes dubbed under the banner of ‘equality, diversity and inclusion’ and runs from A for ‘allyship’ to X for ‘Xenophobia’.
However, after receiving backlash on social media for being "a guide to bonkers wokery that even manages to misspell Islamophobia", the NHS has since updated its website to make the website now password-protected.
The Conservative MP for Harborough, Neil O’Brien, tweeted: "A number of the concepts in this alphabet of woke are highly divisive – they shouldn’t be being officially pushed like this"
He later told The Telegraph: "there’s a whole bunch of concepts in there: white fragility, or white supremacy – all these kind of different things that are extremely divisive concepts that should not be being pushed by HR managers in the NHS as a sort of gospel or something to that effect."
Among the other entries in the glossary are ‘G’ for ‘gender’, ‘gender dysphoria’ and ‘gender identity’; ‘T’ for ‘taking the knee’, ‘tokenism’, ‘tone policing’, ‘transgender man’, ‘transgender woman’, ‘transitioning’, and ‘transphobia’.
Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said: "It’s a truly extraordinary document. And chilling in what it reveals about the mindset within an important part of the NHS."
Mr Pollard added: "Clearly the NHS are embarrassed that an internal document has been published by mistake.
"It’s the mindset it reveals – it’s a glossary that accepts all the critical race theory and ideas – which are deeply controversial, ideological and divisive – as fact.
"In some ways, it’s even worse that it’s an internal document. At least with a public document, people would have been able to criticise it. It poses the question: what kind of other documents are circulating in the NHS that we don’t get to see and which accepts all these arguments as a given?
"Some of the glossary entries, such as C for ‘coming out’, are sensible and about 50 per cent of it is completely unobjectionable. But in some areas which are so hugely controversial, for example, gender self-identification, it accepts it as a given."
The glossary also lists: ‘B’ for ‘Black Lives Matter Movement’; ‘C’ for ‘colonialism’; ‘I’ for ‘identity politics’, ‘intersectionality’, and ‘Islamaphobia’ [sic]; ‘M’ for ‘micro-aggression’, ‘misogyny’ and ‘misogynoir’ (a more recent term to capture the misogyny specifically aimed at black women).
Meanwhile, ‘P’ is for ‘patriarchy’, ‘positive action’, ‘positive discrimination’, ‘pronoun’ and ‘power’ – of which there are the following subsections:
- ‘Power To’: The innate ability or power acquired through skill, knowledge, training or other forms of personal development.
- ‘Power Over’: The overt ability to use relational or positional power to shape events, frequently viewed as negative, but arguably sometimes of positive use.
- ‘Power With’: The collective power through relationships and acts of solidarity.
- ‘Power Within’: The power which can be acquired through acts of working on self; requires deep personal learning and reflection.
- ‘Power Under’: Positive or negative power which results from experiences of hardship, oppression. The strength of which originates from struggle.
Finally, ‘W’ is for ‘white saviourism’, ‘white supremacism’, ‘white centering’, ‘white exceptionalism’, ‘white fragility’, ‘white privilege’, and, finally, ‘woke’.
The glossary comes following a recent study which concluded that Britons are divided on whether ‘woke’ is a compliment and are unaware of an apparent ongoing ‘culture war’.
In the first study of its kind analysing culture wars and identity politics in modern Britain, the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Ipsos MORI surveyed almost 3,000 adults and found that a majority of the public have hardly heard of the phrases ‘cancel culture’ or ‘identity politics’, and that there is limited awareness of the culture war debate more generally in the UK – despite a surge in headlines on the subject in recent years.
In response, an NHS spokesperson said: "This draft document is not NHS guidance, was not intended for publication and has been removed."