A truly sickening piece in the Standard, with a risible short video of Boris Johnson. He’s thrown meritocracy and conservatism under a bus, and is advocating in effect for politics to become even more corrupted by feminists than hitherto. Every profession which has been feminised has gone downhill and become less efficient and effective, and politics has been no exception (Mad Hattie and The Yardley Gob coming immediately to mind). Of course, as with the Labour party – more than 50 per cent of the party’s MPs have been women since the last general election – 50% is always a floor, never a ceiling. Otherwise the party would be planning all-men shortlists in winnable seats, and that will never happen.
It’s a dark day for British politics. When it comes to gender matters BoJo is on the same page as David Cameron, who praised Mad Hattie in his autobiography. His strategy director for some years, Steve Hilton, a five-star egotistical git if ever there was one, was also an admirer of Harman, and we have on our YouTube channel a toe-curling fawning discussion with her on BBC TV.
In the autumn of 2009, Cameron – then the leader of a Conservative party in opposition – announced his intention to have all-women shortlists for prospective parliamentaty candidates. There were howls of outrage from the party membership and many members – including myself – resigned from the party. Shortly afterwards I started work on David and Goliatha: David Cameron – Heir to Harman? My 10 books are available to buy from Amazon, here.
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