Bradford’s wider implications of George Galloway rape gaffe The Guardian (blog) Behind the outrage surrounding George Galloway‘s ignorant comments on rape is an unfolding tragedy that will eat away at the heart of local democracy in the years to come. Galloway has done his electoral constituency a great disservice because women, especially Muslim women, were key to delivering his Bradford West by-election victory by a margin of over 10,000 votes. When Galloway promised them a programme of political renewal and an era of citizen engagement they believed him and voted for change. His promise was a big deal because minority women had been abandoned by mainstream politicians, who saw them primarily as an adjunct to their fathers, husbands and brothers.
Robison: Gender equality is a matter for golf clubs Herald Scotland Shona Robison stressed the Scottish Government wanted to see more gender equality in the sport, but conceded this was a matter for clubs. The SNP minister is the latest politician to call for institutions such as the Royal & Ancient (R&A) in St Andrews and Muirfield in Edinburgh to admit female members. Last week, First Minister Alex Salmond and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined a chorus of voices calling on the clubs to open up their membership to women. They did so after America’s most prestigious golf club, Augusta National in George, enrolled its first female members, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore.