Following years of male rule, I became interested at the prospect of a strong female leader for our neighbours across the water, feeling that, in a time of heightened political crisis, gender equality was the order of the day, with a woman poised to hold the reins of power in the UK.
Andrea Leadsom, contender No. 1, may have made a brilliant British Prime Minister. Then again, maybe she’d have been totally useless – we’ll never know. What we do know is, she’d have made an extremely smug, self-righteous and discriminatory one, given her unbelievable, arrogant and incendiary comments in the Independent (UK) who reported her saying “Men should not be hired to look after young children because of the risk they might be paedophiles,” signing off with the disgraceful “because I’m a mother” claim which one can only assume was designed to draw comparisons and distinctions between herself and her rival, contender No. 2, Theresa May, a fellow woman, who’s not a mother.
You see, as two women were up for the top job, it became clear that playing the gender card had been firmly ruled out, meaning other tactics needed to be deployed…and fast. And so, in what was a spindoctor’s nightmare, during an interview with The Times, Leadsom, upon being asked how her role as a mum shaped her views on being the country’s next leader, responded “I am sure Theresa will be really sad she doesn’t have children so I don’t want this to be ‘Andrea has children, Theresa hasn’t’ because I think that would be really horrible, but genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.
“She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people, but I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.” Mother-of-three Leadsom’s comments suggests she piously feels she’s got the upperhand over someone who has failed to produce a few rugrats!
Now readers, while I know aul Thatcher is famous for her “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman” quote, using this former female leader’s views to effectively laminate your baby-bearing pelvic floors and push your femininity towards the electorate when your rival is childless, is unfair and despicable. Of course it has to be said that just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you’ll automatically make a better leader, so, no letters from the lads please. My point here is that someone who wears her ability to give birth and raise kids like some badge of honour, like a unique selling point, in order to advance her career, feeling it gives her the edge is, dare I say it, likely to be exposed as being insincere and therefore not genuine leadership material.
Regular readers will know I’ve written pieces from my point of view as both a mother and a grandmother, but only when I’ve deemed it relevant, while opining about a specific parental issue. Unlike Mother Earth Leadsom, I don’t define myself as somebody’s mammy or nana; I’m an individual in my own right and I’d never suggest I should get a job based on tokenism and my ability to push out two drains on my sanity who soaked up my resources and gave me cracked nipples! Sorry, sharing too much; but you get my drift.
Preening like a self-congratulatory, baby-making peacock over a childless woman (or man) is inconsiderate, egotistical and careerist; and Leadsom, who got the Environment Secretary job, despite making those despicable comments, shows she clearly believes you can burn that degree, forget about qualifications or credentials, wipe clean your hard slog and enviable experience record or the fact you fit the job criteria to a ‘T’ and flag the fact you’re capable of procreating and can manage to pop out a sprog or three as your pep rally; because mammy, the job’s in the nappy bag.
Now tell me, how disgracefully old-fashioned and biased is that, readers? On the other hand, as a mother, I’m obviously the best person to take over from Enda Kenny, and, oh, present Top Gear… just jokin’!
Is Kelly trying to make victimhood a virtue?
Having literally soaked suicide prevention charity Console’s accounts and resources dry, rendering it hopelessly insolvent, and in a move that will anger most people; me included, disgraced former CEO Paul Kelly is reportedly planning to apply for social welfare. That’s according to The Sunday Business Post.
In addition, apparently Kelly also allegedly wants living expenses of ‘a few hundred euro each month,’ as he plans on ‘repaying €3,500 a month’ on his luxurious Clane home and ‘€1,600 a month on an office property in Celbridge.’
Now to be honest, if an individual has paid their PRSI in full, they’re legally entitled to social welfare; however, anyone who approves this chancer’s application should probably be sent to live in the home for the terminally stupid. Kelly’s actions have shown us we live in a world where accelerated greed assails polite society – I mean, what next; will we see some sympathetic moron setting up a Go Fund Me page for deceivers who betray our trust then appear to try and make their own victimhood a virtue?
Double Whammy for the Tribesmen
Well folks, we were well and truly beaten in the replay last week by our lovely neighbours, Galway. But sure, we put up a good fight and fair dues to all the lads and the ever-loyal supporters; they did us proud. But it seems the Tribesmen won fair and square. However, I’ve no doubt the Rossies will bounce back better than ever.
It was a double-whammy for Galway as they were also voted European Capital of Culture 2020; and huge congratulations to them – it’s a great honour and a great platform to showcase and promote themselves on the world stage.
As their next-door neighbours, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for Roscommon to jump on this tourist bandwagon and maximise its enviable heritage and potential with historic houses, castles, walks, traditions and cultures, etc., and, most of all, something Roscommon has in abundance – its greatest resource in my opinion – its wonderfully friendly people. I hope to God someone in the tourist industry is already on it.