The appalling Nadine Dorries is back writing her blog and, as she puts it, “raring to go” after a good break. Her first subject – Sarah Palin.
Dorries as ever makes sweeping, untrue assertions, not so much about Palin herself as those other groups she hates. And Dorries hates with that kind of vitriolic passion reserved for people who can never conceive of being wrong. “She’s [Palin] anti-abortion, loves being married and a mother. All things the sisterhood on the left hate.” Or ‘The sisterhood on the left may be political, mobilised and vociferous, but they are a minority. And oh how they loathe a sister on the right.”
As a matter of fact, assuming I am one of those “political, mobilised and vociferous” members of the leftie sisterhood, I don’t “hate” Sarah Palin. Though I profoundly disagree with many of her views, I also believe we need more women elected representatives. Sarah Palin is one of those women breaking through the “sticky layer of men” as we should more accurately call the glass ceiling. I would, incidentally, say the same about Dorries, though her achievement in climbing the greasy pole is not in the same league as Palin’s.
I happen to think the media in the United States and increasingly in the UK is going over the top on Palin. Barack Obama was absolutely right to say candidates’ families are off limits in political campaigning. Palin should be judged on her political abilities and views.
Although I want more women in positions of power, I cannot support much of what Palin stands for. I am in favour of a women’s right to chose. I am a humanist actively attacking the oppressive attitude of much organised religion towards women.
But what I and many, many women want is more of us up there making the decisions. I am a member of an all party group of women MEPs and women European Commissioners (yes there are a very few) headed up by British Liberal Democrat MEP Diana Wallis and the Socialist European Commissioner from Sweden, Margot Wallstrom. Although there are some representatives from the centre-right group in the European Parliament, the European People’s Party, which includes Nadine Dorries’s Conservatives, the vast majority of this group are from the centre-left of the political spectrum. That, I am afraid, says it all.