Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard has won a vote on having all women short lists for their 20 target seats in Scotland at the next General Election.
There are concerns from some Scottish Labour MPs and MSPs about the reaction from local members having this policy imposed on them by the Party, and there should be. I have also blogged about this issue a few times The SNP and All Women Short Lists and also All Women Short Lists Again and my views are pretty clear. I just don’t like the idea of positive discrimination that discriminates against others. Now the reason for another blog on this topic is not actually all women short lists per say, it’s actually other things that have been happening within Labour that just seems mad to me.
Andrew Doyle has written a really interesting article in Spiked
It’s not just all women short lists for Labour, they have been charging white people £10 more to attend a speech by Jeremy Corbyn in Loughborough. The Labour Youth Wing are to exclude anyone who is non BME, Transgender, Female, LGBT or Disabled from their equality conference. The SNP Government are to spend £500,000 pounds to encourage more women to enter politics. This is all just plain crazy.
I might be an old fart, totally accept that, and I am all for fighting any discrimination where it is found. I am all for equal pay, I don’t have an issue with same-sex marriage, I am all for more women getting involved in politics and I am all for equal rights.
As I have noted previously I am also in a mixed race marriage and all of my children are mixed race, but where does common sense come in.
I accept that there is probably a gender bias within political parties but all women short lists are not the way to solve that, why not just have 50 50 lists for local members to decide who stands for election but I have been there before. I am all for a more Liberal society based on tolerance but when that Liberalism blinds you to the realities of the world around you you are maybe the one with the problem and become blind to what is happening around you.
Political correctness gets on my nerves and I find it very patronising to everyone. If women, or anyone else, are under represented in your party then make it easier for them to be represented without discrimination against others. When we continue to go down the have to be seen to please all route then we will lose sight of the bigger picture, in trying to be everything to everyone we will lose sight of rationality and will achieve nothing other than alienating everyone. It feels like the world is going mad right now it really does.