No shrinking violet

No shrinking violet

No shrinking violet

First published in Letters by

LIKE Tim Yeo MP, Anne McIntosh was given the opportunity of a ballot of the full membership of her constituency party in the final stage of her recent de-selection process. In Mr Yeo’s ballot, the decision against him was marginal, which he has accepted with dignity and grace, vowing to support his successor in the General Election. A worthy Parliamentarian and a true democrat.

Anne McIntosh was voted out by a “substantial majority” in a ballot of members of her Malton and Thirsk constituency party. The membership made it clear that Anne McIntosh would not be their candidate in the next election. I would suggest that Anne now follow Mr Yeo’s fine example.

Her supporters have claimed that a cabal conspired against her. Anyone who has met Anne would not recognise the image of her as a timid, downtrodden, shrinking violet.

Douglas Unwin, Acomb, York.

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11:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

The Great Buda says...

Rules where broken to force the vote through, Mr Unwin.

She is right to continue the fight.
Rules where broken to force the vote through, Mr Unwin. She is right to continue the fight. The Great Buda
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11:36am Thu 6 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

A good letter and made my very point of a couple of days ago. I am no fan of either MP because of their Green credentials but I did give Mr Yeo some credit for standing down at the next election with some grace.
As said before, we are getting to the point when it is only acceptable to rid ourselves of white men. I seem to remember that Mr Gove was hounded by Harriet Dromey (Nee Harperson) just last week for replacing a woman. Always forgetting that she managed to be appointed in the first place. Just as this woman replaced John Greenway who stood down without all the fanfair.
We saw a mass selection of female candidates to the Labour party in 1997 where men were not allowed to stand.Talk about equal opportunity! Now, how should a female candidate feel when she has won her seat fair and square on merit and not by positive discrimination? Many good Labour MP's were deselected before and after the party gained only 28% of the popular vote at the 1982 General election. The Conservatives rose from 44 seats in 1979 to 144 seats in 1982, most of the gains from Labour. I don't recall a gender outcry then and suspect this is a part of our PC times.
I believe that the best candidate for any post should be selected and gender should have nothing to do with it. Unfortunately the PC and Y fronted female brigade just don't understand true equality.
I'm certain that Thirsk, Malton and Filey can find a better candidate, be it man or woman.
A good letter and made my very point of a couple of days ago. I am no fan of either MP because of their Green credentials but I did give Mr Yeo some credit for standing down at the next election with some grace. As said before, we are getting to the point when it is only acceptable to rid ourselves of white men. I seem to remember that Mr Gove was hounded by Harriet Dromey (Nee Harperson) just last week for replacing a woman. Always forgetting that she managed to be appointed in the first place. Just as this woman replaced John Greenway who stood down without all the fanfair. We saw a mass selection of female candidates to the Labour party in 1997 where men were not allowed to stand.Talk about equal opportunity! Now, how should a female candidate feel when she has won her seat fair and square on merit and not by positive discrimination? Many good Labour MP's were deselected before and after the party gained only 28% of the popular vote at the 1982 General election. The Conservatives rose from 44 seats in 1979 to 144 seats in 1982, most of the gains from Labour. I don't recall a gender outcry then and suspect this is a part of our PC times. I believe that the best candidate for any post should be selected and gender should have nothing to do with it. Unfortunately the PC and Y fronted female brigade just don't understand true equality. I'm certain that Thirsk, Malton and Filey can find a better candidate, be it man or woman. ColdAsChristmas
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12:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

The Great Buda says...

"Unfortunately the PC and Y fronted female brigade just don't understand true equality."

And with that comment, neither do you.
"Unfortunately the PC and Y fronted female brigade just don't understand true equality." And with that comment, neither do you. The Great Buda
  • Score: 1

3:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

petethefeet says...

Are women suited to politics? Psychologists will tell you that women have a tendency to be 'indirect' in questioning but 'direct' in answering whereas men tend to be direct in questioning but more evasive in answering. If this is so, then you don't need to be a rocket-scientist to tell which sex is best suited to the melee of politics.
Are women suited to politics? Psychologists will tell you that women have a tendency to be 'indirect' in questioning but 'direct' in answering whereas men tend to be direct in questioning but more evasive in answering. If this is so, then you don't need to be a rocket-scientist to tell which sex is best suited to the melee of politics. petethefeet
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6:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Of course she is right to continue the fight Buda, it will split the Tory vote.
Bet you believe in all female short lists too, don't you.....And then you want to lecture me on equality!
Of course she is right to continue the fight Buda, it will split the Tory vote. Bet you believe in all female short lists too, don't you.....And then you want to lecture me on equality! ColdAsChristmas
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