On the way home from work, I picked up the Evening Standard. The image staring up at me, taking up a third of the front page, was Theresa May’s feet and ankles.
‘Spot the minister,’ said the headline. ‘Home Secretary on the beat in leopard-print shoes.’
May’s shoes and appearance are totally irrelevant to the job, or her competence at it, but you’d think they were her most important attributes, after seeing the media coverage.
This lack of respect and recognition of women’s abilities is reflected in Cameron’s new Cabinet. Only four out of 29 are women: Home Secretary Theresa May, Environment chief Caroline Spelman, Wales Secretary Cheryl Gillan and Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi.
Look at the photo. Did they place Warsi at the front to show off that they had a token, non-white woman – two boxes ticked in one? (She is the only non-white member.)
Alas for them, she is not a lesbian, because that would have ticked another box. The lineup has no openly gay members for the first time in 13 years.
Analyse the data and you will find that more than half went to private school – three from Eton and two from Westminster.