As the SKWAWKBOX showed earlier today, the mainstream media has been busily filling its boots with SKWAWKBOX material, including a furore over Labour front-bencher Chris Williamson’s retweet of a SKWAWKBOX article about the steep increase in sexual assaults against women on trains – and Williamson’s subsequent suggestion that the idea of women-only carriages might be worth a look.
A number of right-wing Labour MPs jumped into attack mode against Williamson for daring to even think about ‘restricting’ women – even though Williamson had not thought about restricting women, merely about giving them an extra option they might prefer.
But when you’ve stranded yourself on the back benches and are desperate for a bit of relevance, there’s a temptation to shoot yourself in the foot in your eagerness to take aim at someone else.
So it is in the case of Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy.
Ms Creasy got into it with Williamson on Twitter, in spite of the latter’s attempts to explain himself in a reasonable fashion – and then she cocked the hammer, pointed down and pulled the trigger:
Ms Creasy’s problem is, of course, that ‘restricting where men can be’ is exactly what women-only carriages would be – ‘women only’ and ‘no men’ mean the same:
It would be hard to think of something that would better illustrate the eminent reasonableness of an idea and the absolute hypocrisy of those attacking it.
But now, thanks to those attacks, Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out the idea according to the Huffington Post – so the right-wing, mostly female Labour MPs attacking an idea they actually agree with by portraying it as its opposite have achieved little else than to deprive women of the possibility of an option that might have kept them safer. Which shows where their priorities lay.
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