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Laura Perrins: Why I support Harriet’s pink bus


Labour are taking some flak over their Woman-to-Woman pink bus that is “taking the political debate to the kitchen table”. I say – good for them and Harriet Harp-on-and-on.

I have said before that I have a grudging respect for Harriet, in the same way a prisoner might have a grudging respect for his guard.

Harriet, unlike the useless Tories, does fight for her constituents. Sure, this often means bunging her constituents more and more taxpayer’s money. But then the Tories have recently tried to imitate her on this – a fight they will never win.

Here are three positives about the pink bus.

1. It is pink – a lovely ‘hot pink’.

As such, this will annoy all those who think “pink stinks”, including many of the feminists in both parties who have nothing better to do than campaign against the colour pink.

I was shocked to learn that parliamentary time has been given over to discussing ‘gender bias’ in toys. I never knew toys were sentient beings motivated to do down the sisterhood, but clearly I was wrong. Why discuss the impending implosion of Greece or Syria when one can debate the real and present dangers of princess dresses instead?

2. It recognises the caring role women have.

Harriet tells us the pink bus will discuss issues such as the “sandwich generation” of women who care for both their children and their parents. This is progress, although I hope they do not go on to denigrate this important role as is the typical feminist way.

Sadly I also suspect that that the Labour solution will include the aforementioned bunging of taxpayers money at the problem, but at least caring is on the political agenda.

 3. Labour understand that the kitchen table is the place of power.

Lucy Powell MP said that the election would be a choice “about whether we have an economy that reaches the kitchen table or whether we have an economy that just reaches the boardroom  table”. Finally, a comparison that respects the kitchen table and equates it with the boardroom table.

This use of the term ‘kitchen table’ has already been denounced as ‘sexist’ and patronising. In fact, it acknowledges that the kitchen table is where it is at and often women are at the head of it. The kitchen table is where the heated debates take place and important decisions in a family are made. It is almost as important as the kitchen sink, not that the feminists are big fans of the kitchen sink.

However, and I suspect this is where I depart ways with the sisters, the kitchen table is the seat of power because it is in the private sphere. What I do not want is the State, or indeed the Labour Party, coming in, pulling up a seat and asking me what they can do for me and my family.

You can also stop taxing my husband into oblivion. That would be a start. Why don’t you recognise the fact that he has four mouths to feed and reinstate the family tax allowance.

I suspect this is indeed where the heated debate around the kitchen table would begin, because the truth is Labour despise the married family and married men, as I have explained before.

Labour loathe the nuclear family because it is independent of the State and less in need of State hand-outs. This means less power and influence for the likes of Powell and Harp-on-and-on and we cannot have that.

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