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Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014

9:44 AM

17 July 2014

9:44 AM

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but look nice, she says. Louise Mensch begs to differ. She argues that talented women are rising to the top because they are impressive, and it’s offensive to suggest otherwise. Martha Gill discusses this with her on this week’s podcast.

The reshuffle wasn’t all about women though. In his column this week, Charles Moore argues that Cameron has punished the ministers who were brave and active, and target-bombed his party’s natural supporters. He discusses this with Fraser Nelson in the podcast.


Plus, are right-wing women sexier? Cosmo Landesman seems to think so. Good, caring lefty pro-feminists can’t ask — or pay — a women to dominate them; to tie them up or spank then. Right-wing women are much more obliging. Au contraire, says Margaret Corvid, a New Statesman columnist and socialist dominatrix. She takes Cosmo to task – and argues that sex can’t be divided up along political lines.


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  • Blindsideflanker

    You Gov poll done in the last couple of days shows Labour to have doubled their lead over the Conservatives.

    Oh dear oh dear, yet another politically correct gesture bites the electoral dust.

    Every time the Conservatives get a boost in the polls for doing small c conservative things, like going to toe to toe over Juncker,, he then blows all the political capital gained on some PC gesture. Cameron it seems has some sort of revulsion at having a popular Conservative party for doing conservative things.

  • Liz

    The treatment of these women has been utterly repulsive and depressing. Just a stream of journalists ogling them, discussing their clothes and appearance, assuming they’re meritless. Variously referred to as witches and hormonal bints and window dressing. Britain in 2014, what a pathetic place.

  • Liz

    FFS do you think your readers need to be continuously giving material to spaff over? You’re like the Daily Mail.

  • Gregory Mason

    It’s not as if any of them (man or woman) are remotely competent at their jobs so what’s the point of complaining. More of the same old bull.

  • Gizzard Puke

    By gum that Esther McVey is fit! Sorry feminists but she is!

    • Holly

      …And she’s human.

  • Mrs Josephine Hyde-Hartley

    I hope they don’t think their job is all about being impressive. People who try to impress tend to fall apart in leadership positions.

  • John Gerard

    This is a great idea. Instead of having a load of sh*t men, we can now have a load of sh*t women. Terrific stuff, Dave. And to boot, all the women in the electorate will vote for you because, like, you know, you have some women in the cabinet. Brilliant political tactics.

  • jazz606

    Who cares ?

  • RavenRandom

    If you start with an all male board of directors in 1975, in that year they start recruiting female graduates to the firm; assume it takes twenty years on average for an employee to move through the ranks to the board, then only in 1995 will they have female directors.
    Our society is something like that, we are getting more women into senior position because they entered the managerial workforce in large numbers in the 80s/90s.
    The Conservative party was slow off the mark, and these women have proved their worth and have now been promoted to ministerial rank/board of directors. It’s natural and reasonable that they have.
    I find the left tiresome, Cameron is wrong for having few women in the cabinet, now he is wrong for promoting women… electorally it is a good move, and it was the right move, these women have worked hard and deserve their chance.

  • GraveDave

    Margaret Corvid, a New Statesman columnist and socialist dominatrix.


  • Tim Baker

    Why did Louise Mensch leave parliament? She would have made a great Minister of State.

  • Daidragon

    None of these right wing ladies can hold a candle to Gloria del Piero.

    • startledcod

      Excuse me, don’t tell Mrs Cod but, i am more than a little nit in love with La Hardman.

      • Holly

        Is that the woman who sits on the sofa between two blokes, one a Scot and one a political wonk?

    • Holly

      A bit like Lorraine Chase’s advert image, only with the brain removed.

  • swatnan

    Have to disagree. Truss and Morgan and Priti Patel are ordinary looking, as are Teresa Villiers and Teresa May, as were Cheryl Gillan and Maria Miller. Anne Widdecombe was in a class of her own. However Nadine Dorries and Esther McVey and Penny Mordant have something about them.

    • eclair

      Not a lot of us can afford Vivienne Westwood, but scoring on sexyiness alone, surely, if you arent yet a crone, then you can buy that, see the Mail today. Is she any good at her job? Who knows…

  • AlexanderGalt

    If only the vote on proportional representation had passed. Then everybody sickened by his pathetic marketing machinations could vote against him without letting that freak Miliband in.

    There’s a great post by the by on the solemn madness behind liberal pretensions called: “Racism Meme” at;

  • Blindsideflanker

    “David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny.”

    We have come to expect that the Cultural Marxists happily turn logic on its head to prove the opposite , but come on, to claim the reshuffle has been soured by misogyny , when the whole reshuffle was spun by Cameron as booting out the ‘pale, male and middle aged’ , are we now expected to swallow the argument that overt misandry is another form of mysogyny?

  • Colonel Mustard

    “She argues that talented women are rising to the top because they are impressive, and it’s offensive to suggest otherwise.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Good one given the background to all this of Labour shunting its coven of red witches onto the front bench to stage a PMQs pantomime and Spoonface being too timid to defy the silly premise of that theatrical. Spoonface has just staged the equivalent by shunting his own women into the cabinet.

    Where’s Harry Enfield when you need him – “My cabinet has considerably more women than yow”

    What’s offensive Louise is tokenism, gender war and identity group politics.

    • Blindsideflanker

      ‘because they are impressive’

      Its a loaded statement, its a bit like ‘vulnerable’ , ‘vibrant’ , ‘enriching’ which our political classes love to scatter around, confetti like, in their language.

    • dalai guevara

      Will you give these ladies a chance to prove they can do their jobs, please?
      They can’t do any worse than either of their predecessors, surely.
      I mean come on, how difficult a message is that for pseudo-Thatcherites to grasp.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Their ability to do their jobs (so far untested) is a burden on neither their gender nor Spoonface’s shallow imperative for promoting them. As well as having little or nothing to do with my comment. There are men out there who would probably do a H**l of a job if given the opportunity.

        But we both know you really just wanted a vehicle to call me a “pseudo-Thatcherite” and slyly imply that my comprehension is slow.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …you mean, like you give your army of sockpuppets a chance, seemingly in perpetuity, lad?

  • allymax bruce

    Mel’ Kite getting jealous?
    Julie Bindel will be in here next screaming sexist drivel.

  • Superfluous

    They don’t look that nice – and even if it is offensive to suggest that they were promoted for anything other than being ‘impressive’, it doesn’t mean to say it’s not true.

    • Wessex Man

      I Thnik you need your eyes tested and your sense of humour bypass switched off.