This is a win-win situation for those who oppose the Conservatives.
It is long past time that Philip Davies had his comeuppance. This disgrace to the voters of Shipley is a serial filibusterer, talking out private members’ bills that would have helped the people of the UK – because they didn’t fit his twisted ideology.
Vox Political was among the first to question his decision to speak at an anti-feminism conference after his appearance there was uncovered by The Guardian (which, for once, had done its job).
Now he is facing the possibility of suspension from the Conservative Party – or at least a severe punishment – by prime minister Theresa May.
But if Mrs May chooses not to punish Mr Davies for this severe lapse of judgement (which is the best way it can be described), she will face claims that she cannot control her own backbenchers.
It would be extremely ironic, considering the freedom enjoyed by the Tories as a result of Labour MPs’ rebellion against their leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Of course, we can rely on the right-wing media to downplay the situation. It will be up to the rest of us to make the meaning of these events clear to the public.
So get your infographics, memes and blog articles ready.
Tory MP Philip Davies has faced widespread criticism after it emerged he told a conference hosted by an anti-feminist group that Britain’s justice system was skewed in favour of women.
Davies, the MP for Shipley, delivered a 45-minute speech at the International Conference on Men’s Issues, which was organised by the Justice for Men and Boys party (J4MB), claiming “feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it”.
The comments, disclosed by the Guardian, provoked outrage across the political spectrum including calls from the Labour leader that Davies should have his membership of the Conservative party suspended by the prime minister.
Davies, who sits on the Commons justice committee, had told the event at the ExCel centre in London that women benefitted from an “equality but only when it suits agenda”.
Jeremy Corbyn said the “deeply sexist” comments revealed Davies had “utter contempt for women”, before calling on Theresa May to withdraw the Conservative whip.
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