Gender and Politics in the media

UK: How students would wipe out the Lib Dems.

Who’s sorry now? How students would wipe out the Liberal Democrats (blog) Three years ago Britain’s students would have made Nick Clegg Prime Minister. Now they want to wipe his party off the map.

The ICM polling that showed ‘Generation Y’ are more conservative than their parents was not a blip. If a general election were held tomorrow in which only those under-25 could vote, today’s forecasts suggest David Cameron would be able to govern alone with a healthy majority. His Coalition partners would be reduced to one seat.

Take three – strictly hypothetical – scenarios, using YouGov polling and analysis from our friends at Electoral Calculus. It uses a universal swing model to project how seats might, conceivably, change hands…



Dear Harriet, what about Labour’s employment practices? (blog) Harriet Harperson has written to the editors of seventeen national newspapers with a vast list of questions intended to discover how many women they employ, and how many are women over the age of 50. You can’t get a balanced picture of the world if women are not equally represented, she asserts in this letter. No, indeed. What the editors should do is write back to Harriet and ask how many women MPs Labour has (86, as opposed to 169 men) and also what form of chicanery – union or head office – ensured they got their jobs.

Harman calls for more action on older women Broadcast Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman is calling on broadcasters to agree a methodology for accurately measuring the number of older women working in the media and has suggested targets are the only answer to achieving equality.

Harman told Broadcast she wanted to “follow in the footsteps” of the magazine’s Expert Women campaign by tackling the gender imbalance, particularly with regard to older women onscreen, on-air or working behind the scenes…

Visit the fatherless streets I grew up on, Clegg told The Christian Institute A woman who grew up in a fatherless family on an inner city council estate has blasted Nick Clegg’s failure to support marriage tax breaks.

Journalist Selina Gray said in the Daily Mail that the deputy prime minister would change his mind if he visited her local neighbourhood for the day. She said he would “witness the devastating effect on people of a society that does not value marriage”.

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