One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

TCW: So what if there are no mothers in the Cabinet?

It is ironic the feminist Left are only interested in mothers when they are ‘missing’ from positions of power but not when they are doing any actual mothering. Unless mothers are in the cabinet or are marooned up in some office building in Canary Wharf as head of a FTSE 100 company are feminist wimmin even remotely interested in mothers. Those mothers who want to be at home mothering their children are ignored. In fact Labour wimmin MPs attempt to make their lives even more difficult by blocking the introduction of the transferrable tax allowance. However, if the term ‘mother’ can be used to mock others then it has its uses.

This weekend we heard much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the lack of mothers in Cabinet after the departure of Maria Miller. TCW replies – so what?

Pretty much most of the mothers who were in cabinet or are in junior Ministerial roles have proved to be completely useless in defending the interests of mothers who want to care for their children at home. There are some exceptions but unless Conservative female MPs are willing to challenge this feminist orthodoxy there really is little point in having them in cabinet. A feminist drone is a feminist drone whether they wear blue or red.

The other distasteful aspect of this whole ‘there are no mothers in Cabinet’ slogan is that it means Labour grumblers and Tory malcontents alike can conveniently ignore Theresa May MP. Remember her? The female MP and Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, one of the Four Great Offices of State.  Quite important. The Home Secretary is responsible for internal affairs, immigration, citizenship, policing, national security and the Security Service and  MI5. This is all headed by a woman but Theresa May MP clearly does not count in the mind of feminist wimmin because, irony upon irony, she is not a mother.

This is highly manipulative not to mention repugnant. For reasons that are no one else's business Theresa May is not a mother, but this does not mean she is not bumping up the all important “wimmin is positions of power statistics” (important to the feminists at least). In the eyes of the feminists, who all of a sudden are recognising only mothers, Theresa May MP can be conveniently discounted because of her childlessness – how very odious indeed.

It is a very twisted and confused message from the Labour party (and from some of their pale imitation Tory sisters) right now.  If you are full time mother (at home) then you are irrelevant. But if you are a woman in a position of power and influence but not a mother then you do not count. Talk about having your cake and eating it.

The Conservative Woman

  • foxoles

    Finally, someone said it. Thank you.