Category Archives: Representation

Women in Parliament

The Guardian has a write-up on the All Party Parliamentary Group last night on women in the media.  It’s about 33% accurate — because the journalist has faithfully reported what two of the six panellists said, and completely ignored the other four. The last … Continue reading

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Diversity in Parliament

 As I’ve pointed out before on this blog, I believe that the differences between individuals vastly outstrip the differences between men and women.  Because I don’t think that women have some innate qualities which make them different to me, you … Continue reading

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Quotas

This week’s Economist has an interesting article on whether quotas work in promoting women to boards. The Economist suggests that it doesn’t. Quotas are a blunt tool, and have potential to backfire. They also, as the Economist points out, fail … Continue reading

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The impact of the cuts on women?

In an interview for the Guardian, Harriet Harman MP is quoted as saying: “We mustn’t muddle up Theresa May with a champion for equality. There are some in the new intake of the Tory party who take the feminist agenda … Continue reading

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House of Lords wish list

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m in favour of a reformed House of Lords.  I support a mainly elected upper chamber, but with some cross-bench, independent peers. So, here’s my wish list for the Lords. 1) Long, single … Continue reading

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Roger Helmer MEP

Roger Helmer MEP has written a blog post which, while proporting to support Ken Clarke MP, twists his (already clumsy) words.  I can believe that Mr Clarke did not mean quite what his phrasing suggested, as he was speaking live … Continue reading

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The Coalition Government must not stall on House of Lords reform

(This post was first published by Platform Ten on 12 May 2011.) Reform of the upper chamber is a Conservative policy as much as a Liberal Democrat policy. Reform was mentioned in the 2005 Conservative manifesto, and suggestions outlined in … Continue reading

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