Owen Smith wants 50/50 gender cabinet split Watch
Before I say anything, I'm all for equality. I'm all for treating any person the same as the next along, especially in the case of gender. I'm also a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn.
This isn't equality. This is picking people based off of their gender. You can call for a gender split like this as a great step for equality, but you fail to consider the fact that ensuring half of Labour MPs are female means some male candidates may be left out despite being better than female candidates.
It's just like the Canadian PM (https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...justin-trudeau) ensuring his cabinet has 15 male people and 15 female people, all ethnically diverse. With the reasoning 'because it's 2015' (this was last year). This plainly, is not gender equality, why do we have people in politics triyng to promote a 50/50 gender split in things when it plainly isn't fair on others.
Sorry if I haven't said anything clearly, I'm pretty tired but I wanted to post this before I forgot about it tomorrow morning.
lol Corbyn will win the leadership again!
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Bahahahahahhahaha " equality ", if its such equality then why not give guys and girls fair chance? If 43% of your MPs are female, why give 50% isn't that discrimination to the 6% extra of males.
I don't understand why Smith is the only one standing against Corbyn.
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Just going to mention that this is one politician who has suggested this (well, two if you count my other example, I've not found any others), this doesn't mean the entire Labour party is for gender inequality like this.
Angela Eagle in her short leadership campaign emphasised how it was time for a 'women labour leader', as if she was entitled to the post because of her gender. Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper in 2015 again emphasised that it should be a female leader - not because of solely because of their talent. Then we have Corbyn's (attempt) at creating a gender balanced cabinet, Tessa Jowell claiming that if women were in charge at the time of the banking crisis then there wouldn't be a banking crisis, and also the wide use of all gender short lists in nominating candidates for elections.
Let's also not forget that these senior members have their own supporters, who would also in theory support this token equality.
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I really think it's quite telling that both our female prime ministers have been conservative while labour and liberals faff about with their PC nonsense and can't even elect a female party leader...
Whether or not it's a good idea to have an even gender split in the cabinet is beside the point; the fact is is that Owen is using 'gender equality' as a political football that he can score points with. He was a professional lobbyist for many years after all, so spin is what he excels at.
However, female MPs have increased in the last decade or so, and therefore it makes sense that the Cabinet will have a higher proportion of women it it. For anyone to imply that women are somehow held back by a glass ceiling of sexist MPs is nonsense - it is a systemic problem that is being dealt with slowly and in the right manner.
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Why does everything have to be 'equality' and 'gender split'. Labour brought in all this diversity rubbish. I think this earns Owen the title of idiot. Got any real proposals? You know like, for improving education, healthcare or reducing red tape?
NOPE! But my cabinet will be 50/50 gender split! Even if 3 of them are completely hopeless at their jobs just to make numbers up! As if this is a reason to vote for someone....
Now we have forced descrimination and unless you abide by it, you can be punished. People are now chosen based on their gender or race to fulfil quotas, rather than their achievement and merit.
I'm sure there was some descrimination before all this PC crap came about, but now there is a system and it's encouraged under the guise of 'positive descrimination'.
The Labour Party is such an embarrassment, until they realise that Iraq War aside the Blair era was probably the greatest period of modern British politics they will get utterly humiliated at every election, even by a mediocre Conservative Party.
But yeah, we see with candidates like Angela Eagle, Corbyn and Smith (and before with Ed Milliband) that being hopeless and saying the most stupid things imaginable is a prerequisite for Labour leadership at the moment. Potentially popular and rational people like Hillary Benn and Liz Kendall are made outcasts. Urgh. Bring in David Milliband purge these destructive charlatans and give yourself a chance to get the Tories out of power. If you carry on with these Corbyn BS, don't complaint about Tory policies, You're ensuring the country is stuck with them,