UK Politics

Helen Goodman’s sexist response to reshuffle

Helen Goodman’s response to the Mail’s idiotic coverage of the reshuffle was appalling.

‘Mail’s page on Tory women was fair: all are puppets who’ll change nothing and their appearance really is most interesting thing about them.’

I’m not sure why Lucy Fisher, writing in the New Statesman, found any need for scare quotes around the word ‘sexist’.

There may be valid reasons for criticizing individual appointments. The fact Nicky Morgan voted against equal marriage, for example, is a good reason for thinking she shouldn’t have been given the role of Equalities Minister back in April. But Tory women should not be the targets of sexist sneers.

Goodman has now apologized for her tweet.