Thursday, April 07, 2005

Women's Questions (again)

For the last time this parliament (will they bother after the election) so decided to honour the occasion by referring to the importance of work-life balance for men. Rather disconcertingly there was a cheer from the Tory men - I can't be sure that Eric Forth joined in but if he did it was a first.

Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that women's questions is a tokenistic waste of time. There are a relatively small number of questions that can be asked and the responses are predicable - and never really address the issues.

Grand finale was Eleanor Laing commenting on the biggest inequality of all - the balance of parliamentarians!! How she had the nerve to bring this up when the Tory record on women is not great (ours is not much better) I don't know but it gave every one a good laugh.