Despite voting unanimously for an open list Labour's National Executive imposed a "Wimmin" only list on the Ashton Constituency. Retiring MP Mr David Heyes was reported as being disappointed that local wishes were ignored.
Imagine a closed list based on banning women, or gays, or muslims, or the disabled or what ever other minority you can think of. There would be an outcry from the Guardianistas. But good old-Fashioned white males can be told "get out of the contest, it's for sisters only"
This weekend sees the 70th anniversary of D-Day. An event heavily over represented in 1944 by white European males. I am given to believe that there were no demands by the "sisters" to have more chances to wade up the beaches than the men.
But in 2014 the democratic process is not good enough. It needs to be fine-tuned to give this or that minority group an edge over the rest. This writer wonders how the muslim vote will respond to this manipulation of the system. More to the point, how will the electorate of Ashton?
("A first blast of the trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women" was a pamphlet of John Knox's written in 1558 and aimed at the tendency of women at that time to become political leaders viz Elizabeth and Mary in England and Mary Queen of Scots and Mary of Guise in Scotland)