A truly dreadful piece in today’s ‘ConservativeHome’ by Andrew Gimson, a contributing editor:
I’ve just posted the following comments, and repeat them here in case they’re ‘pulled’ by the site. I invite you to add your own comments.
“Not one mention in this piece about individual merit, so far as I could see. Along with many others I cancelled my party membership the day Cameron announced his intention to introduce all-women PPC shortlists, in the autumn of 2009.
The reason most MPs are men is perfectly simple. Far more men than women seek a political career. Rather than going in for gesture politics, the Conservatives should be pointing that out. Parliament has bent over backwards over many years to be more female-friendly (revised working hours, provision of creches…) and still few women are coming forward. Indeed a number of the female Conservative MPs from the 2010 intake have already announced their intention to exit in 2015. There are fields women are disinclined to enter, politics and engineering among them. So what? There are fields men are disinclined to enter. Is anyone bothered about THAT?
The high proportion of male MPs doesn’t translate into pro-male and anti-female legislation. Quite the opposite. For 30+ years all legislation with a gender dimension – e.g. Equality Act (2010) – has been used in practise to advantage women over men. More female MPs would inevitably mean yet more assaults on the interests of men.
A year ago I formed a new political party, Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them). In our public consultation document we list 20 areas in which the interests of men (and/or boys) are assaulted by the state – through its actions and inactions – to advantage women (and/or girls). Women and/or girls are assaulted in no areas. NONE.
Because the Conservatives under Cameron have been following gender feminist agendas even more enthusiastically than the preceding Labour administrations, we’ll be contesting Conservative marginals in 2015. We have plenty of supporters and donors of both genders. This country has had enough of gesture politics. To introduce all-women PPC shortlists would be to follow the example of Harriet Harman rather than Margaret Thatcher. In 2008 Harman introduced legislation enabling parties to employ all-women PPC shortlists for the subsequent 33 years. No mention of that in the 2005 manifesto.
It’s time the Conservatives stopped pandering to gender feminists. They’re hate-driven female supremacists, and they’re on the wrong side of history.”