Our thanks to Sophie for pointing us to a predictably stupid article in HuffPo by Christine Jardine MP, Domestic Abuse Is A Gendered Crime – All Genders Must Pull Together To Fight It. Even the title is stupid, though I don’t know if Ms Jardine wrote it. An extract:
Yes, there are aspects that still need addressed. The trauma suffered by children from homes where there is domestic abuse, or the need to protect migrant women [J4MB emphasis] who may not feel safe going to the authorities are just two of them. But it was when Conservative MP Philip Davies’ 27 wrecking amendments were brought to my attention that I began to be worried for the integrity of this vital legislation.
Many members of parliament choose to try and make a difference by championing a particular cause – perhaps something close to their heart or something they’re incredibly passionate about. But Davies appears happy to make his political reputation as being an opponent of legislation designed to make the UK a safer place for women and girls. [J4MB emphasis]
For those less acquainted with Philip Davies’ parliamentary exploits, he has previously spent his time filibustering legislation that would tackle violence against women: [J4MB emphasis] the Istanbul Convention, the Combating Violence Against Women Bill [J4MB emphasis] and Caroline Lucas’ bill to make sex education in schools compulsory.
I have no objection to Davies’ efforts to support male victims of violence, or his burning desire to celebrate International Men’s Day. [J4MB emphasis: Well, that’s damned good of her.] What I do find tiresome at best, and many words not allowed in print at worst, is his determination to disrupt, delay, or derail entirely the work done by other politicians, which would genuinely make a difference to the lives of women and girls [J4MB emphasis] right across this country. And in the case of the Domestic Abuse Bill, would help ALL victims of domestic violence.
We do not live in an equal society and therefore support to tackle inequalities will often be focussed on those who suffer the most [J4MB emphasis] – we should make no apology for that.
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