Sometimes, even the soundest of pundits have a bad day, make a clumsy mistake, take one of those mis-steps that they come to regret. Their number has been joined by Suzanne Moore of the Guardian, normally the safest pair of journalistic hands, who has apparently engaged output device before activating CPU.
Under the headline “Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman to be leader?” and sub-heading “The Tory leadership is just men talking among themselves, and the opposition has no one to counter it” she tells “We all know Corbyn is very concerned about having more women in the Labour leadership. But not concerned enough to actually have many”.
Eh? She didn’t actually say that and get it through the Guardian’s editorial process, did she? It seems she did. And there was more. “Emily Thornberry couldn’t be called on to do PMQs as she made the terrible faux pas of telling the truth about the European elections. In the US, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden feel entitled enough to lead despite all the great Democrat women who are running against them”. Ri-i-i-ight.
Yes, Emily Thornberry did not deputise for Jezza at PMQs recently - but Rebecca Long Bailey did. Because there is a significant number of women at Labour’s top table. And Ms Moore needs to mug up on someone called Elizabeth Warren. Like very quickly. And after getting up to speed on Senator Warren, she needs to Google AOC.
But still Ms Moore digs that hole: “Labour has a shortage of women, not on its benches but in its inner circle”. Some Labour women have taken exception to that, not least Kate Osamor, who has fired back “As everyday sexism and racism manifests itself in black women’s lives creating intersecting forms of oppression. This faux pas toxic white feminist article comes as no surprise! When will white feminists stand in solidarity with black women & stop this targeted abuse?” When indeed. And there was more.
Faiza Shaheen, looking to defeat Iain Duncan Cough in Chingford and Woodford Green, recalled “This article reminds me of a conversation I had with an irate Labour member who said ‘I support women in the party - Stella Creasy, Yvette Copper and Jess Phillips’ I smiled & asked how about ‘Diane Abbott, Dawn Butler & erm, me?’ She turned red”.
That prompted Brent Central MP Dawn Butler to add “I just read it ... how offensive but not surprising is it? We spend our whole lives fighting for equality and we are still invisible. Unless they want to attack us. If only they realised they were part of the problem we might finally make progress”. Kerry Anne Mendoza of The Canary was also unimpressed.
“Suzanne Moore & her Grauniad pumpkin spice latté sisters only recognise women in their own clique. They’re anti-feminists”. Also, to her list of names which includes Diane Abbott, Angela Rayner and Ms Long Bailey as well as those noted above, she could usefully add Crewe and Nantwich’s representative Laura Smith.
Ms Moore has had a shocker with that article. Hopefully it’s only an isolated occurrence.
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