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NOT YOU: On International Women’s Day we think of people who have improved the lives of women generally. There are men who have done more for women than Theresa May. There may even be animals who have done more [Feel free to disagree with some of the other choices if you like; I didn’t make this image].

It takes a special kind of ignorance to be Theresa May.

And it takes a worse kind of ignorance to treat it as a cause of celebration, as the Conservatives have.

Tory policies have hit women hardest – politics.co.uk

Don’t confuse the Conservatives’ embrace of female leaders with feminism – The Guardian

Women bearing 86% of austerity burden, Commons figures reveal – The Guardian

Get the message?

Theresa and her Tories don’t.

On International Women’s Day, after she lied to us all about workers’ rights in her speech on Brexit in Grimsby, Theresa May answered only one question from a female member of the press.

ITV’s political correspondent Libby Wiener took issue with her about it as she was leaving the podium. Perhaps her team thought Mrs May’s answer was witty and appropriate; it wasn’t – in fact the only thing that would have been worse than the comment itself would have been publicising it to the world.

Inevitably:

It’s only a few days since a member of the public told me it seems women leave their feminism behind the instant they become prime minister. Now that person is joined by a multitude of others. See for yourself:

Perhaps that’s the real answer.

Theresa May knows she has made the lives of women – in general – much worse, but she doesn’t care. So on International Women’s Day, all she can say is, “I’m all right, Jackie*.”

*I know it should be “I’m all right, Libby,” but I’m drawing a comparison with the classic British expression used to describe those who only act in their own best interests, even if helping someone else will cost them a minimal effort – so cut me some slack, please?


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