Hosking on the Man Ban

Mike Hosking explores Labour’s Man Ban:

Once again the Labour Party is out of the blocks with another stroke of political genius. Not happy with regulating the power industry and doing that in association with the Greens, not happy with undermining their leader by leaking the fact he has until September or there is a coup on, and not happy at seeing all that result in a spectacular drop in the polls, they?ve upped the ante and come to the party with the idea that some electorates should be cordoned off for women only.

You can of course see where they?re coming from. The plight and role of women in this country has barely moved since 1913. If only women had been able to achieve for themselves, things might have been so different.

Perhaps if we?d been able to see one or two examples of women who had broken through the barriers and glass ceilings then we may not need such an artificial policy to boost their stocks. If we?d been able to cite one or two examples of female leadership, women who started and ran successful companies or had been appointed to the judiciary.?

Yes women have been seriously left behind and so a man ban is?definitely?needed.

Imagine if we?d had a woman as Chief Justice, that would have silenced them. And if we?d had more women in politics then maybe, just maybe, some of them would have been able to work their way to the top. And if they?d done that, we could have seen women in leadership roles.

How different would it have been if a woman had become the leader of the opposition. Or, and I know this is farfetched, but if only one had managed to be Prime Minister then a generation or more of young woman would have grown up in this country believing anything was possible. They?d start to dream if you can be Prime Minister, would it be beyond the realms of possibility that you could be Governor-General? A female representative of a female monarch, that surely would be historic.

And if that was possible, then surely it would no longer be necessary to have artificial mechanisms in which to propel them into positions they could only otherwise dream of. Ah, what might have been.


But fear not. The Labour Party of 2013 has it covered. How can a move of this boldness fail? How can it fail to electrify the country with its ingenuity and originality? It?s surprising, perhaps even astounding, others haven?t got there first. But mind you, that?s always the way with genius isn?t it. Everyone sees the cleverness after the fact.

So well done Labour. I know it?s been a rough couple of months with the Greens and the power thing and now this leadership nonsense. But if ever there was a poll turner, then this piece of far reaching insightful genius is it. I bet national are beside themselves with worry.

Labour’s leadership thinks that the voting public care about this sort of stuff…I’ve got news for them and it is all bad…watch the next polls. The label Man Ban has stuck…labour is the party of the Man Ban.