The Observer reports today that David Cameron is going to make a pledge to ensure that by the end of Parliament one third of his Ministers would be women. The article then contradicts itself and says it's an 'aspiration' rather than a quota.
I have no problem with the party wanting to increase the number of female frontbenchers, but I would indeed draw the line at a quota. We are talking about the government of this country, after all. The appointment of Ministers is not something to be played with by the politically correct. It's important that the most talented people in the parliamentary party are appointed Ministers, regardless of their gender or ethnicity. While most of us can see the merits of a priority list for candidates, I think we'd draw the line at the same system for the appointment of Ministers.
Any while we're on the subject, if there was a serious commitment to promoting talented women, why isn't Julie Kirkbride on the front bench?