Gillian Shephard is not pleased. Next week she intends speaking on a debate in the House of Lords on womens' issues. She got hold of the Library brief on the debate to discover that a neat bit of airbrushing out of history had occurred. It seems the brief said that Joan Ruddock was the first ever Minister for Women in 1997. Lady S phoned the House of Lords library to query that piece of information and was informed they had read it on a specialist 'wimmins' blog. Standards are obviously slipping, for Gillian herself was appointed Minister for Women in 1992.
So in a few short hours she had not only been abolished by the House of Commons, she had been airbrushed out of history too. Sometimes life just ain't fair.