Labour MP says Thomas the Tank Engine needs more female trains

It looks like Labour in the UK has the same quota of mentally deficient MPs as they have here in New Zealand.

They always focus on the things that matter…like whether or not Thomas the Tanks Engine has enough female trains.

I imagine her next campaign will be for the liberation of Smurfette from her male dominated serfdom…or is that smurfdom?

Mary Creagh, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, says Thomas the Tank Engine needs more female engines to encourage girls to be train drivers.

Thomas the Tank Engine is setting a poor example to children and needs more female engines to encourage girls to become train drivers, Labour’s shadow transport secretary has said. ?

Mary Creagh described the lack of female train drivers in Britain as a “national scandal” and said that children’s television shows and “negative stereotypes” are partly to blame.

She called on train companies recruit more female drivers by advertising in magazine’s such as Good Housekeeping and Women’s Own, and suggested that they need to offer more part time work.

Mrs Creagh, a mother-of-two, singled out Thomas the Tank Engine for criticism. She said that while the books and television series have “wonderful stories” and are “incredibly popular”, they have almost no female characters.

All the main characters – Thomas, James, Edward, Henry, Gordon, Percy and even the Fat Controller – are male.

The only female characters in the original books were coaches Annie and Clarabel, Isabel the auto coach, Mrs Kyndley, an elderly lady, and Daisy, the sole female engine.

Mrs Creagh said: “In the Thomas the Tank Engine books there are almost no female engines. The only female characters are an annoyance, a nuisance and in some cases a danger to the functioning of the railway.

“There is a preponderance of men in the transport industry and I am very keen to unpack some of the myths that stop women from taking up what are often highly paid and highly skilled jobs.”