A candidate chosen from an all-women shortlist to represent Labour in the next Peterborough City Council elections has hit back at critics of the system.No doubt. And how did she do this?
Well, by simply denying the reality of the situation:
She added: “I would be angry if anyone suggested I only got selected because I am a woman.Sit down and have a nice cup of tea, sweetie, while I explain some hard truths to you - you only got selected because you were a woman, and it was an all female shortlist. Therefore, you did indeed 'only get selected because you were a woman'.
“It’s not fair to suggest anyone only got selected because they are a woman. You wouldn’t want anyone suggesting a man only got the seat because he was a man.”
It's not really rocket science, is it? Have you grasped it, or do I need to type a bit...more...slowly?
Realising that there was room in her mouth for the other foot, Ann blundered on like a rhino through thick bush:
“We do need to have all-women shortlists, until we have 50 per cent of council and Parliament seats taken by women, to reflect the population represented we need to have them.So, you didn't need the advantage it gave you, then? Make your mind up, love!
“Politics is a very male-dominated business, whether it’s in the trade unions, councils or parliament. It’s intimidating but it didn’t put me off.”
The comments are overwhelmingly negative. Perhaps the newspaper should have only allowed female names to post comments?