There is a strong movement in public discourse in the UK to only permit a single, approved, narrative on a wide range of questions. The unifying and ‘moral’ basis of the discourse seems to be something to do with victimhood.
It is not allowed to express contrary opinions. People who do are hung, drawn and quartered. Their views are so obviously bigoted and wrong that no one needs to actually present a reason why they are wrong. In expressing contrary opinions they are not seen as mistaken but as evil. If people make a public humiliating apology – and almost all do – they may be permitted to remain in the fold, on license. Otherwise they are exiled. Politicians must spent a lot of effort making sure they don’t transgress. It is obvious that many politicians express opinions which they don’t hold so as not to fall foul of the thought police.
Who is driving this discourse – which has arisen only in the last 10-20 years or so?