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Laura Perrins: Make me guest editor of Woman’s Hour and I will rename it Ladies’ Hour


I am shocked. I am absolutely shocked by what happened to me at the weekend – namely nothing. There I was – sitting in all weekend beside my ‘landline’ (yes I still have one) – waiting for the call from Woman’s Hour that never came.

This week Woman’s Hour are having a ‘take over week’ where they wheel in some a fabulously talented woman to guest edit. And was I called to take over the mike? No! Never. Indeed, it is a disgrace.

Instead they are going to have such people as Kim Cattrall, Michelle Mone and Jacqueline Wilson. Sure they are all fabulous in their own right, but will they depart from the usual Woman’s Hour editorial line of feminism ruling the world? Of course not.

The tag line of Woman’s Hour is what irritates me, “The programme that offers a female perspective on the world.” But it does not offer a female perspective on the world – it offers a leftie feminist perspective on the world and that is a very different thing.

I do wish Woman’s Hour would stop claiming they speak for all wimmin, when they do not. Nor are they ‘a broad church’ that can accommodate many different views. I am sorry but some of us want a different church completely, one that does not have Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey as High Priestess.

The sooner they rename themselves Feminist Hour the better. At least that is an accurate description of who they are and what they do.

It would give me such joy to hear a conservatively-minded lady guest edit Woman’s Hour. In fact (light bulb moment) the first thing I would do is rename it Ladies Hour for the day. We would still cover hard-hitting topics, mind, just with a conservative perspective.

Obviously I would also invite on some leftie to offer the counter view but not before I scoff at her down the microphone and give her a third of the air-time I gave to the conservative guest. I would also introduce all of these wimmin as ‘our token feminazi’ so clouding the mind of the listener before the interview even began.

So there we have it Woman’s Hour. We are waiting for your call.


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