Our thanks to Ed for preparing this (video, 13:51), broadcast on Politics Live last Friday. The programme is the successor to The Daily Politics, and is even more female-oriented. The proportion of guests who are women is ludicrously high, and all too often their contributions are embarrassingly weak.
More concern was shown in the discussion on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome about women’s feelings, than about the unborn children mentally and/or physically harmed for life by those women drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It was recently estimated that one in six babies born in the UK show signs of FASD, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It’s the #1 cause of avoidable mental health damage in the developed world, yet women face no punishment for damaging their unborn children in this way (or through smoking, or taking other drugs, for that matter).
The key presenter of Politics Live is Jo Coburn. She interviewed me on my sole appearance on the national edition of The Daily Politics, in January 2013, the month before we launched J4MB. The topic was women in the workplace, and I asked co-interviewee Heather Rabbatts (a non-executive director at the FA) why there were no feminist campaigns for long-distance lorry drivers, as well as campaigns for more women in boardrooms, which confused her somewhat. The interview is here (video, 11:06).
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