Friday, 9 April 2010

Mixing the wheat with the chaff

I can understand CCHQ being keen to set up a photo shoot to capture Cameron's equivalent of Blair's Babes, but really this is too crass. All these women are Conservative PPCs, but that's where the similarity ends.

You see, they can be neatly divided into those that have the gumption and nous to have achieved something outside of politics and the spin businesses - the wheat - and those that haven't - the chaff.

Kemi, on the far left, is a successful IT geek with an LLB to boot; Louise Bagshaw writes best-selling novels and Helen Grant is a successful solicitor. They are the wheat. Of the rest, they are largely divided into those who would list their occupation as 'housewife' in years past, and those with some dilettante PR or marketing experience or backgrounds in politics or political organisation.



Perhaps I'm being unjust, but these are the people who may in the future take the nation to war, deal with unprecedented social and economic change, support and defend our nation state from threats, constrain over-reaching governments, uphold liberal democracy and the rule of law. It is not a light burden. Merely being a woman is not a good reason for being selected as a party candidate. At a time when we need a strong and resolute Parliament, both parties are fielding too much chaff and too little wheat.

4 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

What a bizarre photo. Shouldn't these people be campaigning in their local constituencies rather than doing pointless photo shoots that will come back to haunt the Conservatives if they fail to get elected or turn out to be crap MPs?

Krauser said...

They are likely to be the people who oppose the repeal of Harperson's ludicrous laws simply because their alleigiance to Team Vagina takes priority over allegience to CCHQ and, of course, their constituents.

Except for the couple that you mention, these are just typically worthless vagina-owners.

And need I mention that if Team Penis did a similar photoshoot it would be torn apart for it's sexism against wimminz.

JuliaM said...

Yes. It's Blair's Babes all over again (Dave's Darlings?).

And I predict they will turn out to be about as effective...

Anonymous said...

Yes, and the likes of the 'sausage farmer', too.

Much as they're good media copy for a while, the CCHQ 'Parachute Regiment' is not quite what's wanted. Better can be done, and must....