Wednesday 11 February 2015


How completely out of touch with people is Labour?

Harriet turns up at ASDA: That's the place to find women! 
You really have to wonder what on Earth Harriet Harman was thinking about when she dreamt up the idea of touring England in a pink van to talk to women.

You might have thought that Labour would have learned some sort of lesson from the scorn that was poured on them and their Tory mates in Scotland when the 'patronising woman' ad for the NO campaign was released. 

You'll doubtless remember that that particular campaign featured a woman drinking a mug of coffee in her kitchen, and telling us all that she didn't really understanding the finer points of the politics. Instead she spoke about "that man aff the telly"; she didn't know who he was or what he was... (the First Minister) and worried about her kids and getting her husband's breakfast.

You may also recall that it went down like a lead balloon, and was mercilessly satirised on social media.

The idea that women only take an interest in politics when they are engaged by another woman, preferably in the  kitchen or supermarket, or involved in a domestic task, talking about children, or bedecked in pink, is surely something belonging to the 1950s. I don't know a single woman who has been impressed by this and I do know a few who have been pretty much angered by it. 
Rumour has it that Jim Murphy (the sexy beast)
 is out there talking to the ladies!
That all this was the brainchild of arch-feminist Harriet Harman is almost beyond belief. And like the patronising woman and her "eat your cereal" broadcast, it has rightly been pulled apart on social media and on television.
Clearly the Tories think it is a good idea!


  1. Replies
    1. Surely after the lesson of the patronising woman, they would have thought "what could go wrong?"

      Harry says that the van is pink because it needs to be bright coloured (just as patronising... women only like bright coloured things)... I don't know why it has to be brightly coloured, but, if it does, why not orange, or lemon , or bright blue...?

    2. Out of the question Panda. They don't do Red...or Green...


    What a load of numptys.

    1. People are thinking... Is this how they will run the country with pink stuff for the women so that they will understand it?

  3. I was born of a woman and had one sibling, a sister. I married a woman and we had two daughters whom we treated the same as we would have a boy. They are both married and successful in business and social entrepreneurial support. Since my divorce I have known many more women, an a social sense, than men. I am wearing a pink long sleeve polo shirt with a pink cable knit cotton cricket jersey on top (it is France after all and nobody bats an eyelid)

    Labour just take everything to the lowest common denominator, women and pink, women and supermarkets, women and political emptyheadedness, women and gullibility, a van with the working class etc. Then they extrapolate it to the other side of the Moon.

    Patronising in the extreme and could be a sketch in a Harry Enfield series, in scratched black and white film entitled, "Women, Know Your Place"

    I dare not ask my daughters or my ex about this as I think the telephone would explode.

    1. Bang on Panda.

      In every way it is patronising.

      If Harriet wants to go around the country talking to women why does she need a van, why does she need a brightly coloured vehicle?

      Presumably someone who has been a senior politician for so long must have a car... if she's just talking to women in ASDA cafés, she doesn't need a van to haul equipment around the country. Her and a mate to keep her company would do the business...

      As Munguin always says to me... "What could go wrong with this idea...?"

  4. Wee lassies have this thing about pink, but they grow out of it. Trouble is that when you do what a friend of mine did and put her wee lassie in a blue coat, people addressed her as a wee boy, it was a bit unfortunate because that wee lassie could have been a wee boy.
    I am not a fan of Harman, such a feminist she did nothing about one of her male colleagues when he threatened a woman, but then the woman wasn't in Harman's party, so that was okay.
    I remember reading about the lassie who left Labour during the referendum writing on the Wee Ginger Dog, saying how she had been abused in the Labour ranks, some how that doesn't surprise me. One thing about the SNP is that women are in all levels of the party.