As an indicator of how low the bar is for female Conservative MPs to be appointed cabinet ministers by Theresa “This is what a feminist looks like” May MP, it would be hard to beat this. There surely cannot have been even one male Tory MP who knew so little about politics in Northern Ireland as Karen Bradley when she was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The start of the piece:
Karen Bradley admitted today she did not understand the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland before being promoted to the Cabinet post overseeing the province.
In an astonishing confession, she admitted to not knowing Unionist and Nationalist parties do not compete with each for votes but instead vie for support within their own communities.
And the Northern Ireland Secretary said it was not until after she was appointed to the crucial job she appreciated how ‘incredibly different’ the province was to her own Staffordshire constituency.