I'LL BE ON THE BBC NEWS CHANNEL AT 3.20PM TALKING ABOUT THIS...
The more I think about it, the more I think Harriet Harman has taken leave of her senses. Her suggestion that a woman should always be guaranteed a position as either leader of deputy leader of the Labour Party is so preposterous that it's almost beyond satire. To their credit, the Labour Party thinks so too. She says men can't be trusted to do the job properly. Well, by that logic she doesn't trust Gordon Brown and should have been praising Margaret Thatcher from the rooftops.
Just imagine the outcry there would be if William Hague said that a man should be guaranteed one of the top two positions in the Conservative Party. He would rightly be pilloried.
I'd be quite happy for two women to lead any political party, if they got there on merit. Just as I would be happy for two men to. Sometimes you do have to take uncomfortable measures to ensure a better representation of the sexes in politics (witness the A List), but trying to get more women into parliament is a very different thing to guaranteeing a woman one of the top two positions in the party.
Harman has already gone far in enough in dictating that if employers have two equally qualified candidates, they should choose the female candidate. If she got away with this ridiculous suggestion, there's no telling where it would lead. Well, there is actually. To Harriet Harman leading the Labour Party. Hmmmm. Perhaps I see some mischievous merit in it after all!
We're told that Harriet Harman has been told to stick to her own brief while minding the shop during Gordon Brown's holiday. Well, she's made quite a start!