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Progress wasn't really in the numbers of women MPs but should have been in allowing those women MPs to create change, not just accepting their presence so long as they stuck to the norm and played the right game.

Bliar wanted fans, not able comrades.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 02:00:21 PM EST
Yes, exactly. Blair's babes always were window dressing, and a useful PR harem for His Holiness.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 03:40:23 PM EST
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I find it rather ironic that people are moaning about a disaster for "women politics" (whatever that is?) in the land where the Iron Lady ruled with an iron fist...

The conclusion must be: if you want strong female politicians who are not windowdressing - vote conservative.



Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:12:23 AM EST
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That is of course, bullshit!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:25:10 AM EST
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Hit a sore spot, did I? ;)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:33:44 AM EST
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As sore a spot for UK people as for those in the US who lived through the BushII years.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 02:18:07 PM EST
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Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 06:35:34 PM EST
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But if you look at who blair talked to, he didn't really talk to the males in Cabinet either. blair din't do Cabinet govt, he surrounded himself with a cabal of like-minded authoritarian appratchiks who sidestepped Cabinet, the Commons, the investigative committees to strongarm their way, their view.

One of the worst aspects of their informal sofa style govt is that there is no audit trail for decisions, nobody to blame, no tracking who said what when. nobody really knows why we went to war, cos nobody ever took minutes of meetings that were informal conversations in corridors. The UK was run like a cheap spiv's business operating from the back of a van.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:03:52 PM EST
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there was something like that under Chirac too, with the "Juppettes" - a number of female ministers were promoted in good times, and dumped in bad times for "safer" men.

To their credit, the French socialists have been more consistent in giving senior roles to women - the Aubry-Royal duel makes this obvious today, but there have been a number of socialist female ministers that hve made their name on their competence and  did not owe their prominence to their gender, like Martine Aubry, Elisabeth Guigou, Marie-George Buffet (a communist), Catherine Trautmann or Marylise Lebranchu.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:52:02 PM EST
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Edith Cresson on the other hand...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jun 8th, 2009 at 08:09:39 AM EST
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