5 August 2009
I loathe Harriet Harman beyond all comprehension, and more than any other non-extremist politican from any side of the spectrum. And boy (ha, maybe that should be 'girl'), has she raised many an ire with her latest witless, sexist, prejudicial bit of anti-man bile.
The phone-in on 5 Live this morning was, despite the best efforts of Nicky Campbell to balance it out by pleading for pro-Hattie callers, almost entirely against her latest outrageous anti-men cobblers. This included some admirably frank women, none of whom sounded apron-clad or overrun with screaming children as they promoted good, talented men of the world and articulately dismissed the idea that women should be given certain jobs in politics or business just because they possess a uterus.
There is only one point to be had from all this guff about gender. Any job, in any walk of life, should be given to the person who is best qualified and best equipped to do it, and only for those reasons. Whether they are male or female should have nothing to do with it. Nothing. No. Thing.
I've never liked Harriet Harman. I think she's a humourless, inarticulate, sly overachiever. Now I think she's genuinely dangerous as well.