Idiocy on stilts. The Guardian article cites three blithering idiots:
- Jess Phillips MP
- Clare McNeil, associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
- Marianne Overton, vice-chair of the Local Government Association
A gender imbalance across local government has been exposed in a damning report that suggests councils – especially the new mayoral authorities – are lagging behind even Westminster in taking steps to improve equality.
The study, published on Sunday by the Institute for Public Policy Research, reveals that only 33% of councillors and 17% of council leaders in England are women, something the thinktank suggests is causing a “democratic deficit”.
In the new mayoral combined authority boards, only 4% of constituent members – those with full voting rights – are women and all six bodies are led by men. The West Midlands, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the Liverpool City Region and the West of England authorities are all without any female constituent members…
Women make up only 38% of Labour party members and only 36% of Conservative party members.
“It cannot be right in 2017 that there are barely any women represented in the leadership of our newest democratic institutions, the combined authorities,” said Clare McNeil, IPPR associate director. [J4MB: What imperious sexist nonsense. If on the basis of merit barely any women (or none) are represented, so be it.] “Efforts made to address this in Greater Manchester and elsewhere are to be welcomed, but radical change is needed if devolution is to be about bringing power to the people, rather than consolidating it among white middle-aged men.” [J4MB emphasis: ‘white middle-aged men’ – racist, ageist, sexist.]…
The IPPR wants leaders of political parties to commit to achieving a 50:50 balance in male-female party membership. [J4MB: Even though far more men than women have a strong interest in politics. Yes, that makes sense.] And it wants authorities to make a commitment that at least 45% of those on combined authority boards are women. [J4MB: An increase from the current 4%.] If significant progress towards greater gender balance in local government and combined authorities cannot be achieved through these changes, then it says legislation should be introduced requiring elected positions to be filled equally by genders, or with a split of 60:40 or better.
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