"Tokenism has burst upon us like a thunderstorm" - MP Richard Drax dismisses women in Westminster

"Tokenism has burst upon us like a thunderstorm" - MP Richard Drax dismisses women in Westminster

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SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax says David Cameron's reshuffle is "tokenism" and that the women promoted to the cabinet are "venturing out of their depth".

In a post on his blog he calls the reshuffle the "Night of the Petticoats" and says the women have only been promoted to meet a quota.

He writes: "Tokenism has burst upon us like a thunderstorm.

"First, I have no problem with women getting top jobs. But, they, like their male counterparts, must get there on merit, and not just because they are women and a quota needs to be filled by 2015."

He adds: "Perhaps it would be wiser to tackle the shallow end first, before venturing out of your depth."

Among the nine women promoted last week were Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, Liz Truss, the new environment secretary, and Esther McVey, the Employment Minister.

Other newly promoted female MPs include Portsmouth's Penny Mordaunt, the new local government minister, Claire Perry, the new rail minister and Priti Patel, the new Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

Mr Drax also criticised the Recall Bil, which would let voters recall their MPs if they have engaged in "serious wrongdoing".

Mr Drax said: "Before the Night of the Petticoats, as it’s being dubbed, the Queen’s Speech referred to a recall Bill.

"This was a knee-jerk reaction to various shenanigans by a tiny handful of MPs whose conduct was brought into question.

"I fear the system would be open to abuse, with petitions being sought on deeply contentious issues, or on vexatious or politically-motivated grounds."

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Labour's South Dorset parliamentary candidate ​Simon Bowkett said, “To question an MP on their ability or inexperience is one thing, but Mr Drax has reserved all his criticism only for his female colleagues.

"I am sure female voters will notice that he makes no mention of any other newly-promoted minister, like Sajid Javid, who was also only first elected in 2010 – but is a man.”

“Richard Drax’s controversial comments – like those he made last year about the No More Page 3 campaign – have again been the subject of national press coverage.

"Many of us are trying hard to present and promote Dorset as a modern, inclusive place to live and do business, and we could do without an MP whose comments regularly bring embarrassment, and frankly belong to another era."

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4:14pm Mon 21 Jul 14

West Howe Sean says...

Off topic I know. But I'm wondering why the Daily Echo has not picked up on the David Atkinson story that has been extensively covered in the national press. Especially as some local coverage might encourage some local people to come forward with information.
Off topic I know. But I'm wondering why the Daily Echo has not picked up on the David Atkinson story that has been extensively covered in the national press. Especially as some local coverage might encourage some local people to come forward with information. West Howe Sean
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Mon 21 Jul 14

twynham says...

"This was a knee-jerk reaction to various shenanigans by a tiny handful of MPs whose conduct was brought into question. "

Some of those 'shenanigans' were sex abuse, fraud, bullying, et al.

Oh! That's OK we're Tories.
"This was a knee-jerk reaction to various shenanigans by a tiny handful of MPs whose conduct was brought into question. " Some of those 'shenanigans' were sex abuse, fraud, bullying, et al. Oh! That's OK we're Tories. twynham
  • Score: 5

4:59pm Mon 21 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

West Howe Sean wrote:
Off topic I know. But I'm wondering why the Daily Echo has not picked up on the David Atkinson story that has been extensively covered in the national press. Especially as some local coverage might encourage some local people to come forward with information.
Of course this reshuffle was just another shallow bit of PR by Cameron, he thought he was doing the right thing for a headline but as usual he got it completely wrong and has managed to annoy nearly everyone!
[quote][p][bold]West Howe Sean[/bold] wrote: Off topic I know. But I'm wondering why the Daily Echo has not picked up on the David Atkinson story that has been extensively covered in the national press. Especially as some local coverage might encourage some local people to come forward with information.[/p][/quote]Of course this reshuffle was just another shallow bit of PR by Cameron, he thought he was doing the right thing for a headline but as usual he got it completely wrong and has managed to annoy nearly everyone! muscliffman
  • Score: 3

5:30pm Mon 21 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

I wouldn't take too much notice of this political lightweight. The Atkinson story is far more interesting and damaging to loocal Tory interests - so don't expect any in-depth coverage from the Echo.
I wouldn't take too much notice of this political lightweight. The Atkinson story is far more interesting and damaging to loocal Tory interests - so don't expect any in-depth coverage from the Echo. whataboutthat
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Huey says...

Get rid of all the toffs like Drax and get REAL PEOPLE (men or women) running the country, not just a bunch of public schoolboys with a classical education and no idea how ordinary folk get by.
Get rid of all the toffs like Drax and get REAL PEOPLE (men or women) running the country, not just a bunch of public schoolboys with a classical education and no idea how ordinary folk get by. Huey
  • Score: 10

6:04pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

I would suggest that the reshuffle may well have something to do with current 'interest' in Tory ministers of around 25 years ago
I would suggest that the reshuffle may well have something to do with current 'interest' in Tory ministers of around 25 years ago Bob49
  • Score: 9

6:19pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Huey says...

Bob49 wrote:
I would suggest that the reshuffle may well have something to do with current 'interest' in Tory ministers of around 25 years ago
Ted Heath, jimmy savile, on that yacht that always visited the children's home in the Channel Islands...
Oh yeah it is all going to come out!
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: I would suggest that the reshuffle may well have something to do with current 'interest' in Tory ministers of around 25 years ago[/p][/quote]Ted Heath, jimmy savile, on that yacht that always visited the children's home in the Channel Islands... Oh yeah it is all going to come out! Huey
  • Score: 5

6:30pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I am sure Richard is fully aware its Cameron's way of trying to combat UKIP and once again it has backfired on him bigtime. The one thing I cannot for the life of me understand is why did he promote Anna Soubry, she has to be the most incompetent person in the house. It's almost as if he really doesn't want to win in 2015.
I am sure Richard is fully aware its Cameron's way of trying to combat UKIP and once again it has backfired on him bigtime. The one thing I cannot for the life of me understand is why did he promote Anna Soubry, she has to be the most incompetent person in the house. It's almost as if he really doesn't want to win in 2015. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Huey says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I am sure Richard is fully aware its Cameron's way of trying to combat UKIP and once again it has backfired on him bigtime. The one thing I cannot for the life of me understand is why did he promote Anna Soubry, she has to be the most incompetent person in the house. It's almost as if he really doesn't want to win in 2015.
Hopefully he won't
I don't like his face or policies.
I don't want anyone to win I distrust them all.
That why ukip have my vote, stir up that stagnant political system and make em all sit up and beg for attention.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I am sure Richard is fully aware its Cameron's way of trying to combat UKIP and once again it has backfired on him bigtime. The one thing I cannot for the life of me understand is why did he promote Anna Soubry, she has to be the most incompetent person in the house. It's almost as if he really doesn't want to win in 2015.[/p][/quote]Hopefully he won't I don't like his face or policies. I don't want anyone to win I distrust them all. That why ukip have my vote, stir up that stagnant political system and make em all sit up and beg for attention. Huey
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

oversee says...

Quite right...for once...we don't need these hens clucking away about things beyond them....stick to local fairs and the like....bit of home baking wouldn't go amiss....it's a stunt...the world's too serious a place now for tokenism,
Quite right...for once...we don't need these hens clucking away about things beyond them....stick to local fairs and the like....bit of home baking wouldn't go amiss....it's a stunt...the world's too serious a place now for tokenism, oversee
  • Score: 4

8:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
I am sure Richard is fully aware its Cameron's way of trying to combat UKIP and once again it has backfired on him bigtime. The one thing I cannot for the life of me understand is why did he promote Anna Soubry, she has to be the most incompetent person in the house. It's almost as if he really doesn't want to win in 2015.
But Soubry does do a fabulously bad impression of Margaret Thatcher at every opportunity when on TV, usually whilst spouting well rehearsed particularly nasty rubbish aimed at UKIP and it's voters.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: I am sure Richard is fully aware its Cameron's way of trying to combat UKIP and once again it has backfired on him bigtime. The one thing I cannot for the life of me understand is why did he promote Anna Soubry, she has to be the most incompetent person in the house. It's almost as if he really doesn't want to win in 2015.[/p][/quote]But Soubry does do a fabulously bad impression of Margaret Thatcher at every opportunity when on TV, usually whilst spouting well rehearsed particularly nasty rubbish aimed at UKIP and it's voters. muscliffman
  • Score: -1

8:22pm Mon 21 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

Dont worry Simon Bowkett,any women offended by MP Mr Drax,wont be voting for you and Labour at the next election,Because they dont want to wear the Hishap ,as their national dress,in a few years time.
Dont worry Simon Bowkett,any women offended by MP Mr Drax,wont be voting for you and Labour at the next election,Because they dont want to wear the Hishap ,as their national dress,in a few years time. cromwell9
  • Score: -2

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