Labour is no NASA, that is for sure

No gender quota at NASA, and look at their latest intake. Just talented people.

There is no man-ban at NASA.

Nasa’s new astronauts: Christina Hammock, Anne McClain, Nicole Aunapu Mann and Jessica Meir. Photos from NASA.

Nasa’s new astronauts: Christina Hammock, Anne McClain, Nicole Aunapu Mann and Jessica Meir. Photos from NASA.

You probably don’t give a shit about astronauts. And to be honest – I can’t really blame you.

You’re probably too busy with your everyday life to worry about NASA and things like missions to Mars and what the International Space Station is planning.  

Because when you have three children/uni assignments/work deadlines/sick parents/a grumpy partner to contend with, outer space understandably might take a backburner on the list of Things To Care About.

But you need to care about astronauts.

More specifically – you need to care about what NASA just did, because it’s pretty amazing.

You see, last month, NASA announced their 2013 astronaut candidate class. This class is made up of eight people who will join the 49 NASA astronauts that already exist and are working on rather impressive things like missions to asteroids and planets.

Four of those people are women.

Their names are Christina Hammock, Nicole Mann, Anne McClain and Jessica Meir.

NASA didn’t select these women because they had some kind of gender quota to fill. They simply did it because they were the best people for the job. And out of all astronaut candidate classes, that’s the highest percentage of women ever selected in a NASA group.

Quotas? Nah. Just employ the best people there are.

Perhaps that is the problem with Labour…barely any of them have ever had a job, and are from organisations and trades, like unions and teaching where mediocrity is rewarded and tenure is preferred over competence.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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