Harriet Harperson has written to the editors of seventeen national newspapers with a vast list of questions intended to discover how many women they employ, and how many are women over the age of 50. You can’t get a balanced picture of the world if women are not equally represented, she asserts in this letter. No, indeed. What the editors should do is write back to Harriet and ask how many women MPs Labour has (86, as opposed to 169 men) and also what form of chicanery – union or head office – ensured they got their jobs. Frankly, the sight of the Labour Party lecturing people on employment practices is a bit much to take right now. Harriet has also demanded that the Tour De France have a wimmin’s race. Why the apartheid? Surely the Tour De France proper should be open to women too? They’d just about be finishing now.
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