Cherie: Female shortlist policy is vital

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The Telegraph story:

Cherie Blair made an outspoken foray into the political arena yesterday by insisting that female-only shortlists were the best way for women to achieve political power in Britain.

But she did not support positive discrimination in other walks of life, she said, and she lambasted countries such as Saudi Arabia for not giving women the right to vote and stand in elections.

Speaking out: Cherie Blair at the World Economic Forum
"If you ask me as a lawyer whether I'm in favour of positive discrimination in economic terms or academic terms, no," she told a meeting in London of the World Economic Forum. "But I think in political terms it is really important because it is actually about representation."

If the selection of women candidates was not going to happen naturally in Britain " - and it doesn't look like it is going to happen naturally - we have to help it along", she said.

Her remarks came after Peter Law, the former Labour Welsh Assembly member, won the seat of Blaenau Gwent in Wales by rebelling against the Labour Party and standing as an independent.

He was prevented from standing for Labour because the party imposed a women-only shortlist on the constituency, and he managed to overturn a 20,000 Labour majority.

Mrs Blair said she was "very sad about what happened in Wales". The defeated Labour candidate, Maggie Jones, was a personal friend of Mrs Blair's.

But she went on: "As for quotas, I'm absolutely, unequivocally in favour of quotas in political empowerment terms."

Britain has been ranked eighth out of the 58 nations for closing the gender gap, according to a new WEF report, behind Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and Canada. Egypt came last.

Countries were assessed for women's economic participation, economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment and health and well-being. Britain scored highly for political empowerment and educational attainment.

A record 128 women were elected at the General Election. As a result of women-only shortlists in many winnable seats, Labour has by far the most, with 94 women MPs, representing 23 per cent of the party. At the current rate of change it will take Labour about 20 years to achieve equal representation.

By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent
(Filed: 17/05/2005)
Forgive me my cynicism, but in view of the control freakery exhibited by her bedmate and his band in recent days my blood is still bubbling. This ghastly creature really, really doesn't see the irony in her remark that:
"If the selection of women candidates was not going to happen naturally in Britain " - and it doesn't look like it is going to happen naturally - we have to help it along", she said.

(I repeat): Her remarks came after Peter Law, the former Labour Welsh Assembly member, won the seat of Blaenau Gwent in Wales by rebelling against the Labour Party and standing as an independent.

He was prevented from standing for Labour because the party imposed a women-only shortlist on the constituency, and he managed to overturn a 20,000 Labour majority.
Cherie, we know that you're a grisly "Socialist", and we know that you cherish 'Control'. We just wonder whether you understand the meaning of "Democracy"?
 
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So basically what Cherie is saying is that women are incapable of competing equally with men in this area, and they need positive discrimination?

Way to go setting back the cause of feminism 30 years!
 
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Who is she again? ohh a lawyer and WIFE of Twat Tony. Where does she figure as an elected representative?


Ohh sorry forgot, it is the peoples paradise, forwards not backwards :x
 
#5
Er, who ever voted for her?

As somebody who epitomizes the sleazy, cronie-dependent culture of Neu Arbeit I think this is a bit rich.

Bugger off love, and put the kettle on.

V!
 
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Well we didn't elect her so I don't know why she opens her mouth so much. She shouldn't be a political figure, she is only married to one. This is one of the most stupid things I've heard a public figure say, even counting all the stuff Cherie B has said before.

To drive home WB's point, if the selection of me to become Lord High Ruler of the British Isles doesn't happen naturally, we're going to have to help it along.

As an aside, women in Kuwait have now got the vote. Hurrah!
 
#8
Can't somebody shut that freakshow up?

All she is there for is to look good (!?) next to tony. No one wants her opinions on anything.

She is setting feminism, amongst other things, back years. If you can't compete on the current climate be shouldn't make it easier. What next? Deaf, mute retards in parlimmant. How many of those do we have, yet how bigger percentage of the community do they make up? We'll have Chavs next!!!

By the way, did any one know that the person behind the suffergette movement was a bloke? It was doing alright, moving along nicely, nothing extreme, just reasonable debate, then he died.

I think his two daughters took over then, that was when they chained themselves to raillings and one threw herself in front of the Kings horse (and died).

There's probably a moral in there somewhere!!!

If Maggie T can fight her way to the top, yes the top of the Tory party, surely the labour party can find some suitable candidates that make the grade without all this carry on!!!

Maybe Baroness Thatcher could start her own training academy for "Ladies of intelligence who wish to enter politics, and advance through their own merit", cherie can run one "wimmin who want to be in power, cos they're half the population!!!", oh, nearly forgot, "GIRL POWER!!!!!"
 
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Reading on down the Torygraph comment columns this morning, I think I've found what I was wanting to articulate myself but that bugger Steyn's done it first:

Almost every act of the social democratic state says: don't worry, you're not responsible, leave it to us, we know best. The social democratic state is, in that sense, profoundly anti-social and ultimately anti-democratic.
Steyn. Outstanding but Canadian.
 
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All i'm going to say is welldone Peter Law. A labour MP with a scrap of common sense.

...after Peter Law, the former Labour Welsh Assembly member, won the seat of Blaenau Gwent in Wales by rebelling against the Labour Party and standing as an independent.

He was prevented from standing for Labour because the party imposed a women-only shortlist on the constituency, and he managed to overturn a 20,000 Labour majority.
The worst thing was that the labour propoganda machine tried to label him as sexist and old-fashioned. Whatever happened to the best candidate for the job? :roll:
 
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Who does she think she is? The PM. Who really wears the trousers in her house? Phoney Bliar of course but.. she tells him the colour.

Stick to making ring tone comercials woman!!
 
#12
"Mrs Blair said she was "very sad about what happened in Wales".

Yes luv with a husband like yours you have the right to be SAD.
john
PS. Euan joined up yet to fight papas wars ?
 
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well considering the tiny number of female mpin parliment compared to the population.
maybe cherie has a point its not like female MPS are going to replace the next churchill are they?
when you look at the other partys natural talent has'nt got women that far it may be crude and unfair but its getting the desired result more women in parliment now if we could get a few more people who had had real jobs in there instead of just teachers social workers and lawyers the place might be a bit better
 
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Is some wifey wearing the husband's rank again? :roll:

If Madame wants to have a say, why doesn't she stand for election? Oh, I forgot, she was defeated last time. So it looks like she has to carry on using her marriage as a platform.

And don't the electorate get a say? If they want a candidate they will vote for them. Like they did in Blaenau Gwent!
 
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As for WMF standing for election, I recall reading that they agreed only one of them could - even though she was the better candidate.

Perhaps she could see he would never make money as a lawyer, so sent him into politics.
 
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I thought she did stand, but lost!!!

At the end of the day, all this policy will do is force labour to put forward candidates who may lose the seat for labour.

As was shown in Wales, they weren't voting for the party, but for the candidate. I don't even know the guy, but that speaks volumes for him, all of it good.

Even if labour put a female in for every seat, there would still be less than 50% females in the house. Unless they amend the elections so that you get to put male/female tag teams in with the voters decideing which party and which candidate they want. Instead of an X you could put a Y!!!

In a democracy you vote for who you think is best for you. Not to appease some PC agenda or insane target. All I can say is, I disagree with your policy, but crack on. There may be a no red parliment yet!!!

Anyone read about the Met. White Hetro Male (possibly Homo Male also) you can wait 3 years to get in to Hendon. Everyone else, take you seats!!!

If racism/sexism and general inequality is to be conquered this is not the way, it will build up more tension and distrust before it ever helps the situation.

But who am I to judge.

The Bliars are so keen to control everything, they'll be coming in to the voting booths with us next time so we don't fcuk it up!!!

Well said about euan, We've got harry, so one more over priveledged idiot wont make any difference.

Never have I felt more strongly that all officers should come from or through the ranks! (just like the coppers/fire service/ambulance etc.)
 
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Never have I felt more strongly that all officers should come from or through the ranks!
But how, pray, would they save up enough to purchase their Commissions? :)
 

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Nothing wrong with purchased commissions - at least at the end you can sell it on, and there is your Pension Fund all ready.

In fact, I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned in the Queen's Speech...

Back to the WMFrog, isn't this the same woman who was paid many thousands of pounds (plus expenses, flights, and accomodation) to speak for a cancer charity in Australia, raising funds?

What can you expect from someone who'd take funds away from a charity like that? Beneath contempt, and should be ignored.
 
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CaptainPlume,

apparently the royals & bliars don't pay full whack for their homes, so maybe they buy their commisions at knock down prices too!!

OldSnowy,

Forgot about that, she was paid a 5 or 6 figure number, I think, to speak for a charity and the British Taxpayer picked up the tab for the security for her.

she needed the security because she was the PM's wife, but she was acting in a private capacity and made money for herself. The CP lads should have billed her for the security. I wouldn't have minded if she'd donated the cash to charity, or better still didn't charge, but then she is a lawyer.

It's like an reverse Robin Hood story.

Down under to the theme walzting matilda.

"G'day Mrs Smith, Sorry to tell you but we've got no money for your life saving operation.

We paid some flaming gallarrrr cherie bliar to speak at a do, she was boring as lard and charged a fortune.

We may be able to scrape the money together in about 6 months, how long have you got...D'oh."

Meanwhile back at the ranch (or no 10), to the theme of "Money, money, money and selected GIRL POWER records.

"Yay cash"
 

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