Labour Are Still More Worried About Sex Equality Than the Crisis


Yvette Cooper and Ed Miliband
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Yvette Cooper with Ed Miliband – Never Mind the Crisis, Let’s Talk About Women’s Rights!

Today brings more evidence that Labour are not yet fit to govern (as if we needed it).

Here we are, with a huge and growing national debt, with a stonking budget deficit and with public spending continuing to rise despite half-hearted attempts by the Coalition government to cut it.

Here we are, with the Eurozone facing collapse, with Britain facing multi-billion pound bills to bail out Eurozone countries via the IMF, and with the European banking system threatened by unsustainable national deficits across Europe.

Here we are with the United States too, our biggest and best ally, confronting huge debts and threats to its global power, and with newly powerful global players like China and India demanding their place at the top table.

Here we are with a tottering education system, with a sclerotic and inefficient health service and with a creaking transport system, and with the Tories daily sinking into a morass of tactical political spin in place of any vision for the country’s future.

And here’s the best ground that Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary (and wife of the Shadow Chancellor), could find on which to attack the Tories:

[Our] House of Commons Library research shows clearly that once again the chancellor’s plans hit women more than twice as hard as men.


(And by the way, their figures are just spin anyway, as the government duly pointed out.)

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2 thoughts on “Labour Are Still More Worried About Sex Equality Than the Crisis

  1. I am all for equality of opportunity but I am not for equality at any price. In life there are winners and losers. The economic crisis is inevitably going to hit women harder. When it comes to a choice who goes and who stays in a rising unemployment market then women who nature have designed for nurture are going to be less productive and more costly to employ as nurture will take precedence over the workplace. Downgrading of the family has exacerbated the problem as men are not fulfilling their role as the principle bread winners. Equality at any price has added to our economic woes by turning meritocracy into mediocracy.

    • Personally I’m all for equality – although it works both ways and it would be nice if Labour, especially, stopped sneering at those women who choose to stay at home to look after their kids while their husbands go out to work.

      Surely the point is, though, that this issue is hardly an urgent priority right now!

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