What will National do to get more women MPs?

Pommy Bastard and Prime Minister David Cameron reckons he doesn’t have enough front bums in cabinet, or in parliament.

David Cameron has admitted he has not appointed enough women to his Cabinet and revealed his wife urges him to promote female talent.

The Prime Minister said governments and big companies alike must do much more to encourage and promote women.

Organisations that do not fill half their senior posts with women are missing out on “more than 50 per cent of the talent”, he said.

Maybe, maybe not. Maybe his women MPs weren’t up to scratch, or maybe the conservative party have been dead set useless at bringing good women into parliament. 

Organisations like the Conservative Party should be making more active efforts to seek more female recruits and then promote them, he said.

“It isn’t enough to open up and say you will treat everyone equally. You have to actively go out and encourage women to get involved.” There are 47 female Conservative MPs, from a total of 302. Mr Cameron said that was “not nearly enough”.

I have long held that National has a woman problem. The Party is responsible for bringing more women into parliament and actually ended up with fewer women MPs in 2011 than it had in 2008. Peter Goodfellow might make pretty speeches about the need for more women but typical of his rudderless time as President, he has done bugger all about it.

During the last two selection seasons female candidates were told they should have babies first, or stay at home with their kids. Some of those running a campaign against a woman candidate on the grounds she was a mother were part of the buggers muddle, many holding very senior positions in the party.

If National was serious about more women MPs it would be positioning good women for safe blue seats. There are currently no women in caucus before 2002, and only Collins, Upston, Adams & Dean who have safe seats. National are doing nothing at all to get women in to safe blue seats anywhere in the country.

I don’t support affirmative action, but I do dislike hypocrisy, and the National Party has been extremely hypocritical talking about more women MPs without doing anything about it. Peter Goodfellow having the vapours about not enough women achieves very little except making him look more ineffective that he already appears. He needs to either take action or stop talking about women candidates.

Then again having Peter Goodfellow advocate on behalf of women is just a little bit rich really.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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