Feminist Letters, a fellow blogger, has started a list of anti-women quotes and policies to back up the assertion that the Government is pushing an anti-woman agenda – a “Tory war on women”.
I don’t believe that this Government is anti-women. However, many Tories are anti-centralisation, anti-state and anti-collectivist. Many women’s groups have tended to seek political solutions through centralised funding and authoritarian legislation, putting them at odds with the localism and gender-neutral liberalism of this Government.
The Conservative Party is a broad church, encompassing a range of political positions from One Nation, to libertarian, to social conservative. In one respect this is a benefit, putting aside ideology in favour of pragmatic solutions. Unfortunately it also hands the bigots a loudspeaker, and our bigots do like to use it. How long must we wait before the knee-jerking-ultra-right-wingers leave the Conservatives form a separate break-away party?