Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Cameron misunderstands the purpose of Parliament

If ever there was a more crass, ignorant and out-of-touch affirmation that David Cameron is a fully paid-up member of the loathsome political class than today's announcement at the Squeaker's Conference I've yet to hear it; ConHome reports him saying;
... some of those shortlists will indeed be all-women shortlists to help us boost the number of Conservative women MPs and also to recognise the fact that although about 29% of our candidates are women, there are many very very good women on our priority list of candidates who haven't yet been selected and I want to give them the chance to serve in Parliament, so that's my current intention.
You want to give them the chance to serve in Parliament? What grandiose distortion of the democratic process gave you the droit of appointing our MPs? What lunatic vision of the Commons as a job creation programme do you labour under? Our Parliament isn't your fiefdom to appoint second-rate MPs at will - we return MPs there because they're the very best people to represent their constituents. Our Parliament isn't there to provide a shiny happy potato-head professional politician with the opportunity to exercise largesse, or tighten the dying grip of a failed party on the nation's windpipe. What arrogance. What hubris. What self-serving delusion.

Our Parliament and the processes that present us with candidates to return there from our constituencies must be meritocratic or they are nothing.

Go boil your overbred head, man. Go hang your shiny pate in shame. You're no Tory.

14 comments:

Witterings From Witney said...

You said it so much more eloquently than I!

Sue said...

It's incredibly patronising to women!

Pat said...

So women who prefer a man are to be disenfranchised. Does this apply to Samantha?

Brian E. said...

My daughter tells me she much prefers having a male boss than a female (having had several of both over the years). She feels that most women in higher posts are self-serving and tend to have favourites, unlike male bosses whom she feels have generally been fair. She would never vote for a woman candidate, and feels that there are many women like her who feel the same. Just look at the "Blaire Babes", all allegedly high flyers, but were totally useless when push came to shove.

hatfield girl said...

There are areas where the pace needs to be forced - priests and bishops is one for instance. The 1970s opening of Oxbridge college fellowships to women is another. But where there is no formal closure of an office or post to either gender it does seem a bit much to impose it afresh. Very silly thing to do after all the time and effort women have put into ending such things.

Quiet_Man said...

I don't want diverse, I want competent, is that too much to ask of these people?

Scrobs... said...

Well it isn't all bad, after all, we've had Oooor Jacky, Oooor 'Azel, Oooor Cherie an' all thore 'mates, all bringing some life to 't party for quite a few years now bonny lad...

Aye... 'appen.

Oh bugger, I forgot, we're talking about Mr Diaz now are'nt we...

Kinderling said...

Where's the Black short-list, the Muslim short-list, the LGBT short-list!
Surely some complaint is due.

Blue said...

Where's the left-handed shortlist?

Fuck you, Cameron.

banned said...

Why hasn't he learned Labours lesson with Blairs Babes and why is he slavishly following the Diversity agenda of that fool Harman ?

Anonymous said...

Oh good God - and here was me thinking that a change of administration would be good. Same sh1t, different bucket! Emmigration never looked so good an option.

Coney Island

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Whoever said he WAS a Tory?

HG, not sure about priests and bishops; last I checked, the Church of England was a voluntary association of people. Don't like it? Don't join - their loss.

The Great Simpleton said...

Best boss I had in the Army - a woman in 1984.

Worst boss - a woman.

What Quiet Man says, just give me competent.

Tamianne said...

I completed agree. Cameron seems less and less like a conviction politician each day. My immediate thought was that he did this just so that other parties could not accuse him of not promoting equality. He forgot about what the public think it seems. As others have said we simply want competent people, who have been selected democratically, whether they are male or female is irrelevant.

I think my vote will be going to UKIP now.