David Blackburn

Harman’s schtick

Harman’s schtick
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Harriet Harman is irresistibly attracted to the absurd. This morning, she has decreed that the shadow cabinet be split 50:50 between men and women. Naturally, she would pervert Labour party rules to ensure the quota was a statutory requirement. To be honest, I’ve lost track of Harman’s myriad ruses to increase the female presence in high politics; and to be equally honest I’m no longer interested. It’s Harman’s schtick, leave her to it.

Speaking to the national Unite conference, Harman made some sensible points about Labour’s electoral failure. She said:

‘We must listen and learn… Our biggest loss of support was from hard-working families who, worried about housing and jobs, felt insecure and concerned about immigration.’