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Independence ref: It’s the ‘Braveheart tendency’ vs the women of Scotland. When Women Don’t Vote for Women.

Cameron’s problem with women: Female voters desert Tories … Daily Mail David Cameron suffered a double blow yesterday with two new polls showing he is haemorrhaging support in marginal seats and among women voters. One survey found that Labour’s lead is widening in the 40 seats Mr Cameron must win because Tory voters are defecting to Ukip.

In 32 seats where Labour is challenging the Conservatives, Ed Miliband’s lead has grown from 9 to 14 points over the last two years. That would put Labour on course for a majority of 60 in 2015, suggests the survey by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft.

Clegg warns Miliband and Cameron: Scottish voters want greater …The Guardian Nick Clegg has warned Ed Miliband and David Cameron that their parties need to rally behind the Liberal Democrats by offering Scottish voters the clear option of greater powers in next year’s independence referendum.

In an implicit criticism of Labour and the Tories, the deputy prime minister said that the majority of Scottish voters were not yet being offered what they wanted in next year’s vote: further devolution within the UK. His comments came as two opinion polls, both carried out to mark the “year to go” until the referendum on 18 September next year, confirmed there was still a clear lead for the no vote of up to 20 points.

Independence referendum: It’s the ‘Braveheart tendency’ vs the …The Independent A “Braveheart tendency” is leading to more men backing independence for Scotland than women, one of the most senior Scots in the British government says today.

As new analysis of opinion polling reveals there is a growing gender gap in support for the break-up of the United Kingdom, Jo Swinson, the Glasgow-born Employment minister, says some men take a “macho view towards Scotland the brave”.

With this week marking exactly a year to go until the referendum, David Cameron will today warn that Scotland’s independence would transform the UK’s “family of nations” into a relationship of “second cousins, once removed”.

When Women Don’t Vote for Women New Yorker (blog) …In her career, Hillary Clinton has managed to embody about a half dozen different dilemmas faced by women in politics. When her husband was running for President in 1992, she had to perfect the art of the defensive chocolate chip cookie, a means of atoning for her statement, “I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession.” When she ran for the U.S. Senate, in New York, in 2000, many thought her a carpetbagger, a fake Yankee fan, the beneficiary of her husband’s power. Some couldn’t forgive her for forgiving her husband’s notoriously bad behavior, or saw his support for her Senate bid as compensation for his misdeeds. Some women, in particular, were ill at ease with her ambition; a longtime advisor told Anne Kornblut, author of “Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win,” that educated women in the professional class “fucking couldn’t stand her.”

Women’s panel calls for better awareness of rights The New Indian Express Change in the mind set of people, especially among the minorities, is necessary to address various issues related to the backwardness of women on various fronts, National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said.

Inaugurating the first of the NCW’s regional conferences christened “Voice of the Voiceless”, on the topic Muslim Women: Challenges and Solutions, in Hyderabad on Sunday, Sharma said ignorance of rights has been the undoing of women not only among Muslims but in every community.

“Unfortunately, even educated women are ignorant of their rights,” she said, emphasising the need for better awareness of their rights among women.

‘Fulfil agenda to promote women’s rights’ GhanaWeb The Women’s Manifesto Coalition (WMC) has called on the government and gender rights organisations to take stock of what it described as “the unfulfilled agenda of promoting women’s rights.”

It said although it appreciated the progress that had been made in the area of gender equality in the country, “women’s enterprises require more critical and structured support initiatives than hitherto being advanced”.

This was contained in a statement issued in Accra by the Coalition to mark its ninth anniversary celebration. The WMC, which was launched in September 2004, is a group of non-governmental organisations that promotes women’s right and gender equality.

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