UK Politics

Corbyn raises possibility of segregated trains

If nothing else makes Jeremy Corbyn’s leftwing supporters think twice about electing him as Labour party leader, perhaps this will:

Jeremy Corbyn could champion women-only train carriages to curb sexual violence should he be elected Labour leader. The Islington North MP made the suggestion on Tuesday evening during the launch of his street harassment policy.

Noting the growing concern about sexual harassment on public transport, the Labour leadership frontrunner said: “Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women-only carriages. My intention would be to make public transport safer for everyone from the train platform, to the bus stop, on the mode of transport itself.”

But why stop there? Why not provide segregated seating for women in public meetings, theaters, classrooms, etc. In fact why not designate certain sidewalks for women only? The possible ways to prevent sexual harassment are endless.

Without dismissing the real problem of violence and harassment against women, Yvette Cooper gets this one right:

Update: The Independent almost compensates for publishing Robert Fisk’s latest column (suggesting without evidence that Israel has some sort of understanding with the Islamic State) by running this cartoon: