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Kathy Gyngell: Hammond’s daycare splurge completes feminist takeover of Tory party


How my heart sank the day Theresa May chastised Conservatives for being ‘the nasty party’ from the conference platform.  There was no slow hand clap in response. Her already emasculated party capitulated.  It was the day leftism took complete command of the political heights. Its bullying tactics had won and Mrs May finished off their job for them by vilifying her party and by labelling her very own colleagues as racists, sexists and bigots.

Did she really believe they were? I doubt it. But like Mr Cameron, who later picked up this ‘modernising’ ball and ran with it, that was how the Left had made sure the Conservatives were perceived. Under torture, she signed the ‘confession’ on behalf of her party.

It’s what the Left does.  It claims the moral high ground then, with bullying and shaming, intimidates naysayers into silence. Being white and middle class, ‘middling’ well off, is enough to condemn you unless…you accept their terms, help stifle debate and inhibit your freedom of speech and action.

No wonder Mrs May’s first act as Home Secretary was to sign off Harriet Harman’s lunatic Equalities Act though this was an entirely different beast from its 1970 Equal Pay Act predecessor.

This enactment of the culture of complaint and victim’s charter was for Mrs May another milestone in the journey towards equal pay parity and ‘acceptance’ for the Conservatives.  Never mind that she was selling conservative values down the river. She was not alone.

A new Tory sisterhood, women MPs some of whose careers she herself had helped nurture, had arrived in Parliament. They  boasted a new true blue feminism. They were, they said, at the heart of a campaign to ‘challenge assumptions about feminism’ and to prove that being a feminist was not the prerogative of the Left.

“I think that most of the women who came in with me in 2010 would describe themselves as feminists,” said Amber Rudd, “They have thought it through: they know why they’re here.”

What a far cry from Margaret Thatcher’s declaration of independence: “I owe nothing to women’s lib”.

Well they have been very successful – so much so that there is nothing to choose between them and their Labour sisters. Take Conservative MP Flick Drummond or Labour MP Jess Phillips, the co-chairs of the Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). Who cares? It makes very little difference to which party they belong.  In Maria Miller, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Women and Equalities, and currently ‘Chair’ of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, the Left could not have found a better advocate for the most extreme end of gender ideology.

Together these ‘Boudiccas’ believe that women are still discriminated against and remain under-represented at all levels in politics. They bang on, too, about the sexist atmosphere surrounding them. They thrive in a la la land of victimhood politics and male domination myths. They need to check out Muslim culture.

They had already nailed their party’s (anti) family tax and benefit policies to the mast of feminism.  Yesterday, the fully cooperative Mr Hammond, as George Osborne did before him, sang to their tune with another ‘childcare boom’  which he proudly announced to encourage even more women back into the workplace.

Brownie points for Phil with the blue sisters no doubt.  But does he have any idea of the socialist childcare revolution he is helping to drive? Does he really think dumping more infants in daycare will bring about the  happy, bright and competent workforce the country needs? Was he dropped off at ‘Breakfast Club” before daylight – did he spend long hours in day care as an infant? I very much doubt that was the source of his success.

The latest intensive investigation into the impact on children of early third party and institutional day care was published recently.  Mr Hammond should take a good look at it because the Tory sisterhood couldn’t care less.

The findings confirmed everything that common sense and a modicum of sensibility to children’s needs would tell you. The authors frame their words very carefully. They know they risk offending the femistasi. They are also all too aware that many mothers have little choice but to off load their offspring – given the one-way state subsidy for third party childcare on offer (no tax break for bringing up baby yourself). They don’t want to increase their guilt or unease.

Yet the findings are inescapable. We should not be putting children under three into daycare.  There is no evidence that it benefits children – the reverse is the case – and the younger the baby is and the longer the hours, the more the potential risk.

Mr Hammond would be shocked to be told he was presiding over a socialist revolution,  which transferred responsibility for children from the family to the State. He might be bewildered to be told that the real victim of it is that Tory value of ‘choice’ –  OK for education maybe – but not for would-be mothers to stay at home to care for their babies themselves.

He would be shocked too to have pointed out to him the part he is playing in the structural neglect of children that feminism has brought about.

He is safe. No one in his party is about to enlighten him – least of all the wimmin who misrepresent my sex’s interests and who have abandoned their consciences along with other women’s children.

Their heads are firmly buried in the sand on the connection between the alarming rise in child and adolescent mental health disorders and the socialist feminist revolution in child rearing of the last 20 years that they continue to drive.

Not one woman Conservative MP has stood up in recent years to draw attention to it. Not one has pointed out that far from liberating women these policies entrap women,  deny motherhood and make for cold homes.

Not one has pointed out the culpability of modern feminism in making women steadily more unhappy; all because of the underlying false assumptions about male and female human nature that, unless you are Maria Miller, are impossible to deny.

The Conservative Party is not just a hostage to feminism. It opened it arms and welcomed it right in. It does not matter if Labour implodes tomorrow under Corbyn, the Conservatives have taken on the mantle. The feminist project is safe with them.

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Kathy Gyngell
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