Thursday, 3 June 2010
This is typical cross-eyed Labour.
Harperson wants to ensure that 50% of the frontbench Labour party are women!
It is as sensible as saying that 50% of astronauts, Board Chairpersons, zoo-keepers, traffic wardens should be women. If this should be the case, then why don't we have a quota for black & minority ethnic people, for gays, straights, bi-sexual and transgendered people, for catholics, C of E, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus or Buddhists? Harperson can't simply choose a metric of measuring the population (sex) and disregard all the other equally important metrics noted above.
If you want a future fair for all, fix the underlying causes of perceived misrepresentation in government, don't slap on some arbitrary quota - this should not please the person fulfilling the quota, nor should it please the public who demand experience and expertise in government and politics, especially at this time of crisis in Britain and across the globe.