UK minister takes government to court over sexist Budget
October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
Just a quick note to follow up on my post on the spending cuts in Britain impacting most dramatically on women. The Fawcett Society and MP Yvette Cooper are taking the government to court in the country’s first ever legal action taken against a budget.
The move sends a clear and powerful message on a desperate situation – Cooper says she has calculated that women will burden 72% of the cuts. David Cameron’s government already has a very poor record on women – there are only four women in a 23-strong cabinet – compare this to Spain where women make up 53% of the cabinet, Sweden where women form 50% and 38% in Germany, according to the Centre for Women and Democracy. In a further example of a very narrowly foccused cabinet, Lady Warsi is the only ethnic minority cabinet member and 69% of the Cabinet went to Oxbridge universities.
It is shaming that a nation which portrays itself as a centre of opportunity, fairness and diversity can put forward such a poorly representative government, and such a unfairly biased budget.
It will be interesting to see how far this legal action goes to makes the government rethink their policies – although as Chancellor George Osborne admitted yesterday to the BBC, they “don’t have a Plan B”.