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David Farrar on gender equality in Parliament…

Today on Twitter, David Farrar derided the movement for gender equality. Accordingly, I offered  my response,

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David Farrar on twitter re gender quotas 10 July 2013

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Farrar stated in his blogpost today,

“This is the policy that if used in the past, would have seen Labour gain no male List MPs in 1996, 1999 and 2002.  Michael Cullen would have failed to be elected as an  List MP, under this proposal. Daft.”

But as the Greens reported, National and it’s lackeys are the last ones who should be pontificating about gender equality in Parliament,

Gender break down of parties in Parliament
Party Female MPs Percentage

National: 15/60 – 25%
Labour:  12/34 – 35.3%
Green:  7/13 – 54%
NZ First: 3/8 – 37.5%
Maori Party:  1/3 – 33%

Source:  Scoop Media – National Party Undermines Percentage of Women in Parliament

With only a quarter of their MPs female, perhaps we should be focusing on what National is doing wrong, rather than what the Labour Party is trying to do right.

And maybe -just maybe – if the mainstream media wasn’t so keen and eager to jump on the ludicrous, nicely rhyming, “man ban” wagon, and actually thought through the issues, we might actually arrive at a more mature solution?

But maybe juvenile derision is easier for all concerned, eh?

What do you think, Mr Farrar?

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johnstewart_facepalm

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  1. kahikatea
    10 July 2013 at 3:20 pm

    the Green Party numbers should be 8/14, not 7/13

    • 13 July 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Farrar obviously hasn’t noticed that Brendan Horan is an independent, and that therefore the N.Z. First caucus is actually just under 43% female.

      A bit behind the times ol’ Mr Farrar.

  1. 11 July 2013 at 9:11 am

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