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Laura Perrins: Morgan plays the uterus card. But she doesn’t get my vote


It emerged last week that Nicky Morgan MP is considering running for the leadership of the Conservative Party when Cameron finally takes up chillaxing full-time.

Morgan is taking a leaf from Hilary Clinton’s feminist handbook in that she is putting her uterus centre stage. That is why she is pondering this leadership bid – ‘cause she is woman’ and believes ‘it is time for a woman leader.’

I am afraid we are going to need a little more than that.

How is she on policy, you might ask? Not great. Morgan currently heads up the Department for Education, which she has been busy turning into a wholly owned subsidiary of Stonewall.

She fired half a million quid Stonewall’s way not that long ago and has recently signed their ‘no bystander pledge.’ This pledge encourages everyone to be kind to everyone else – and who, may I ask, would argue otherwise?

Morgan rarely talks about aims such as improving children’s skills in literacy and numeracy. Unsurprisingly, British children continue to fall down the international league tables in these areas.

As well as being a useless Education Secretary Morgan is economically illiterate.

At Conservative Home she cooked up some nonsense about how if more women were ‘fulfilling their potential’ by working more it could clear a third of the national debt. This happens when the magic debt fairies come along, wave their wands three times and bang, a third of our national debt just disappears!

Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs pulls the piece apart here.

“Firstly, 80 million hours of extra work does not increase productivity (productivity relates to the amount that is produced per hour, not the number of hours worked – indeed, working extra hours is likely to reduce productivity). But, moreover, what on earth does the statement mean? How can an increase in productivity by one segment of society clear the national debt?  What is the mechanism? How does the £600 billion in extra production each and every year relate to a stock of debt of £1.4 trillion?”

Morgan not only believes in the magic debt fairies, she also believes, by implication, that women who care for children themselves are unproductive.

Philip Booth explains that Morgan “is clearly not satisfied with the choices that the women who elect her make in their domestic economy.” He points out that, “Powerful, well-paid women make particular choices. They believe that the world would be a better place if everybody else made the same choices that they have made.”

Herein is the problem with Matron Morgan the Megalomaniac dictating to men and women alike (but especially lazy women) how they should best organise their lives. What a disaster for British women this woman would be if she was PM.

When Morgan is not busy playing the uterus card, she is insulting other women’s choices, while pandering to special interest groups at the DfE. She is an economically illiterate, power hungry politician. I cannot think of anyone worse to lead the Conservative Party,  other than perhaps Boris Johnson.

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