Well, they left it rather late in the day, but the BBC finally recognised that they couldn’t exclude the leader of J4MB from commenting on the historic vote in Scotland tomorrow. An hour ago I had a call from them, and I’ll be interviewed on a morning programme tomorrow. The researcher wanted to know if I had any strong views on the matter, and it didn’t take her long to realise I had. I’ll be debating the issues with a lady whose identity I cannot reveal – but we hope to have the discussion on our YouTube channel within a day or two.
The vote will certainly be a historic one. I need hardly mentioned the passions this matter has aroused, over many years. The 2,500 members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (the ‘R & A’) have voted on whether or not to admit members of the female persuasion, and we understand that the result will be made known around 18:30 tomorrow. The club secretary, Peter Dawson, is on record as making this traitorous statement:
I think it’s the right thing, and I hope that R&A members do what’s right for golf.
Appalling. Simply appalling. Why is it that women must always leech off the august institutions founded, developed, and run by men, rather than founding, developing, and running their own? They clearly couldn’t organise a drinks party (ahem) in a brewery. Why is this traffic always one-way? Why do the Scouts admit girls, while the Guides don’t admit boys? Why do the women who win Wimbledon finals get the same prize money as the men, when they play on average half the time? We don’t hear women whining on about those matters, do we? As always, equality means special treatment for women.
Onto a lighter note. Researching for this piece, I googled a few terms, and stumbled across the website ‘Crown Golf’, and their gem of a piece, 8 Reasons for Women to Play Golf. We shouldn’t be surprised that competition ranked a lowly #7, but here’s the full list, with a few selected lines that explain why we hope the members of the R&A voted unanimously against allowing women to become members:
1. Exercise – ‘The average golfer will burn around 1,500 calories per round of golf!’ (Excellent. Golf as an element in a weight loss regime.)
2. Socialising – ‘You have time to talk about pretty much anything with your friends and partners during a round of golf!’ (No, that won’t hold up the players behind you.)
4. Fresh air – ‘Each time you breathe out, you let out toxins.’ (Seriously, I’m not making this stuff up.)
6. Clothing – ‘Lady golfers are not required to wear short skirts or tight clothing, like many other sports require.’ (What would be the IQ of a woman who had imagined short skirts or tight clothing WERE required? Give me strength.)
7. Learning and competing.
Wish me luck. This could prove to be a particularly tough interview.