Where are all the women?

It continues to be a fascinating time for British politics. Nick Clegg and David Cameron did a good job of their first double act press conference. Some of the commentators were parodying it as being like a civil partnership. It may be friendly and civil at the moment but when the going gets tough, I wonder…..?

I was saddened at the statistic that there are so far, 13 people in the new front bench team from Cameron’s old school, Eton. Says a lot really. I don’t like the idea of who you know, and the old boys’ network being seen to be real and alive today. Even worse is the shocking lack of women in cabinet and government posts so far. What about equality and a less confrontational style of politics? When things get hard will we see a return to the adversarial model? I can only hope and pray that things work out. Difficult times ahead.

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4 Responses to Where are all the women?

  1. Doug says:

    I was under the impression that a Mrs Pritchard had straightened it all for you guys.

  2. freda says:

    How funny – I have been thinking of that programme in the last few days. I was one of its greatest fans, (unfortunately not enough people shared my enthusiasm so there was only one series.) Sad about the loss of public confidence in politics, but today I have been reading round the web a bit and have decided to be more hopeful. Especially as the new PM visited Scotland today and had a meeting with the First Minister. Thanks for dropping by my blog, I shall be watching yours with interest.

  3. Why did we think, women that is, that we could nudge men from their privileged spot at the center? Or that it would happen quickly, say, between 1971 and 1999.

    In the U.S. we delude ourselves that things are “better.” With our spouse abuse, worship of male sports figures. I want to be upbeat since we’re, I hope, about to get a third woman on the Supreme Court.

    Sorry, it’s a lovely day here, hope it is there too, enough darkness.

  4. freda says:

    Thanks for your comment naomi, I am still fretting about the lack of women in current government and parliament here. It feels a bit of a let down. I saw the youngest woman MP being interviewed (she is 26) and ended up putting my head in my hands. She just didn’t seem to get it. Maybe understanding equality is something that has to be taught rather than assumed. The same is true with many issues of justice and equality. Enjoy your lovely day, our summer is not yet here.

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