A ridiculous piece in Huffpo.
Largely because of Labour’s all-women shortlists which have given us geniuses such as Jess Phillips and Paula Sherriff, 45% of Labour MPs today are wimmin, and Comrade Corbyn will probably meet his target of a minimum of 50% of MPs being female in the 2022 general election. Of course if the figure exceeds 50%, there will be no ‘problem to be addressed’ e.g. by all-men shortlists. This train only ever goes in one direction, female privileging.
When I worked as a consultant for the Conservatives (2006-8) the ratio of men to women applying to be prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) was 10:1, and I doubt it’s very different today. The issue of the gender balance among PPCs is, of course, never mentioned by the women seeking 50:50 balance of MPs. By their twisted logic, if the gender ratio among PPCs is 1,000:1, 50% of MPs should still be women. Just think of the number of talented men who must have been cast aside so that idiots like Jess Phillips and Paula Sherriff (and so many others) had the opportunity to become MPs.
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