TRIFLEGATE: Sexism is still alive and well in Haringey politics
Cllr Brian Haley s comments about Cllr Laura Edge (Insulted candidate shows she s not to be trifled with, Ham&High Broadway December 3) were inappropriate to say the least. A male colleague referring to his female colleague as sweet was last acceptable
Cllr Brian Haley's comments about Cllr Laura Edge (Insulted candidate shows she's not to be trifled with, Ham&High Broadway December 3) were inappropriate to say the least.
A male colleague referring to his female colleague as 'sweet' was last acceptable around 1972. I have also noted how often female politicians are referred to as 'lightweight' - it's the stock put-down. Surely Cllr Haley could be more original in his insults?
On a more serious note, sexism is still alive and well in politics.
Witness the fact that only a third of London's councillors are currently women, 100 years after being allowed to stand. I believe the adversarial name-calling atmosphere of the council chamber can be a real turn-off to many women.
In Haringey, the council chamber often resembles a circus.
Name-calling, insult-hurling, and comments which pass for 'wit' but actually aren't that funny. Cllr Edge's comment that "it was like being in a school playground" hit the nail on the head!
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- 3 Man in his 30s stabbed to death
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- 5 Motorcyclist injured in Highgate Hill collision
- 6 Hampstead pharmacy under investigation over extra charges for prescriptions
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- 8 St John's Wood nursery 'requires improvement' after surprise Ofsted visit
- 9 Beloved father choked to death on cauliflower after Highgate Care Home 'neglect'
- 10 'Lianne La Havas gets big love from Koko crowd'
Cllr Haley claims it was "a fair comment for the political arena." Oh really? Does politics have to be this way? I recently visited Norwich and attended a full council meeting there. What a difference!
I witnessed cross-party communication and cooperation, as well as good humour - it was genuinely funny at times - and, crucially, important decisions for residents were reached rather than being blocked in a game of political point-scoring. I would like to think our 13 Green Party councillors have something to do with the cordial atmosphere in Norwich, but then I would say that!
Green Party candidate for
Stroud Green, N6