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UK News Why Is Jo Swinson Being Asked If She's 'Sexist' While Boris Evades Accountability For Actual Sexism?

16:40  06 december  2019
16:40  06 december  2019 Source:   graziadaily.co.uk

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Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson cranked up her attacks on Boris Johnson last night by taking a below-the-belt shot at him for 'not being much of a family man'. Flourishing an unflattering hand puppet of the Prime Minister to underscore her attacks, Ms Swinson told a grassroots rally in Edinburgh the

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This morning, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour where she was accused of being sexist towards Boris Johnson after saying he is ‘not much of a family man’. The allegations come as Johnson continues to evade interviews with both the BBC and ITV, essentially avoiding being held accountable for incredibly sexist and racist remarks he has made previously.

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‘You have ridiculed Boris Johnson’s credentials as a father and a husband at a rally yesterday in Scotland,’ interviewer Emma Barnett said. ‘If Boris Johnson turned round and questioned your abilities as a mother, he would be a rampant sexist. Do you think you’ve been a bit sexist against Mr Johnson?’

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Asked if she would apologise for supporting the so-called bedroom tax in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, Ms Swinson said: 'Yes, I am sorry that I did that . Jo Swinson is caught in Extinction Rebellion sting! Bungling climate change activists dressed as bees glue themselves to Lib Dems' ELECTRIC

‘No I don’t,’ Swinson replied, explaining that her quip on him not being a family man was a pun based around his own chatter of being a family of nations. ‘I think he on the other hand has been incredibly sexist towards women.’

‘He’s been patronising,’ she continued. ‘He’s called elite women athletes wet otters, he’s not responded in any way adequately to the allegations Charlotte Edwards talked about in terms of when she described being groped by him at a lunch. He has described Muslim women as letter boxes and bank robbers.’

Edwards came forward with her allegations in September, saying Johnson squeezed her upper thigh when she was placed next to him at a lunch in The Spectators offices after he became editor in 1999. She says he also did it to the other woman sitting next to him. Number 10 has only commented ‘the allegation is untrue’.

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Sexism can be a belief that one sex is superior to or more valuable than another sex. Sexism in a society is most commonly applied against women and girls. It functions to maintain patriarchy, or male domination, through ideological and material practices of individuals, collectives, and institutions that

It' s the sexism that makes the headlines—the scandals in Congress, the Tinder lawsuit that led to a feminist dating app, the much-protested gender pay gap in Hollywood. Overt sexism is the stuff we all talk about so often, we've started to make those sexual harassment videos the butt of our jokes.

But it’s the very fact Swinson was accused of being sexist herself that has shocked listeners. While it’s true that Johnson questioning Swinson’s abilities as a mother would be outright sexism, the same standard does not apply when the genders are reversed.

‘Women can hold gender prejudice, anyone can be prejudiced, make assumptions or accusations,’ listener Katie Eleanor tweeted during the show. ‘ But women can't be sexist. You need to be oppressed, facing institutionalised violence & systemic erasure to be experiencing sexism & white, cis, hetero men do not experience all this.’

More than that, when considering this conversation in terms of Boris Johnson experiencing sexism, it becomes quite laughable. Because, this is a man who has referred to the children of single mothers as ‘illegitimate’, said men need to ‘take control of their women’ and mused about sexually assaulting women in published articles.

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When asked which characteristics would be advantageous in politics, 94% of respondents said I am actually ashamed of Westminster and think it presents the worst possible image of Britain to "No wonder most women think it' s sexist and doesn't represent them when eight out of 10 MPs are men.

Modern sexism is more prominent in our culture than ever before, it embodies itself in our society without us even realizing. Sexism is still a problem in our modern day culture, and every gender is to blame. We all face oppression in one way or another, it' s time to stop ignoring this and make a change.

And yet still, he continues to evade interviews that would hold him to account for not just these comments, but the endless racist and homophobic comments he had made too. Just this morning it was announced he will not be interviewed by ITV’s Julie Etchingham, after too turning down BBC’s Andrew Neil.

‘The public are fed up with interviews that are all about the interviewer and endless interruptions,’ a senior Conservative source told BuzzFeed’s Alex Wickham. ‘The format is tired and broken and needs to change if it is to start engaging and informing the public again.’

Of course, Johnson has been accused of running scared of the known tough interviewers, especially given Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn submitted to both interviews. With Corbyn consistently asked to apologise for anti-Semitism in Labour and Swinson made to answer for apparent prejudice of her own, it begs the question, when will Boris Johnson be held to account for his actions.

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When he lied about there being press at a hospital to a man confronting him about ‘destroying the NHS’

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Jo Swinson , MP for East Dunbartonshire, was on the BBC show Victoria Derbyshire today to take part in a debate on misogyny. The Scottish politician was in support of police forces including sexism in list. Quoting the police chief of Nottinghamshire, she said: 'There’ s a big difference between saying

Though Swinson says she hasn’t experienced sexism in Parliament she did when she was younger. At the heart of the problem is an underlying gender bias. “When you ask children to draw a firefighter and a nurse they draw a man as a firefighter and a woman as the nurse and these norms

'Actually there's no press here,' Boris replied – as he was filmed by the group of press in the hospital. When pressed on whether it was a press opportunity, he said 'as far as I'm aware this is not a [inaudible].'

'This is a press opportunity. You didn't invite the press here? You didn't ask them to come? You don't have a press handler back here?' the father asked before Boris was ushered away as Omar accused him of living in 'La La Land.'

With the Press Association sharing images of the event, and the BBC a video, it's fair to assume the hospital visit did include press. In fact, earlier in the visit Boris appeared to pose for pictures pouring tea with NHS staff.

When he allegedly lied to the Queen about why he was suspending parliament

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Also his go-to line to the public, Boris has stated the proroguing parliament will allow for a new set of legislation when parliament returns on the 14th October. However, given the UK is set to leave the EU on the 31st October, many – his peers included – believe he suspended parliament to prevent scrutiny from MPs about whatever deal – or no deal - he delivers.

Given it's ultimately the Queen's decision to suspend parliament – on advice from the PM – Boris has been accused of lying to her about his real motives. In fact, it has even been put to the Supreme Court to decide. Boris, of course, denies lying to her.

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Nick Clegg and Jo Swinson ( PA ). The world and its wife is weighing in on whether it’ s sexist to give up And while observing this very British debate on the intricacies of sexism and seatiquette, if you will Quite why anyone was surprised MPs were behaving thoughtlessly was remarkable in itself

It was the weekend following my meeting with Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson that she went into anaphylactic shock at the Bishopbriggs Colossal As minister for women, it became clear she had been aware of allegations for some time but refused to comment while the party was carrying out its

When he made many a false promise as London Mayor

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Where to even begin? In his 2008 manifesto, Boris promised manned ticket stations at every train station in London. Subsequently, he instead went for widespread closures that would fund a 24-hour tube.

According to MP Wes Streeting, Boris spent £46million of taxpayer money in efforts to build the Garden Bridge that never was, £60m on construction, and £500,000 on running costs of an Emirates Airline – the most expensive cable car ever built – which only has four daily users. He called for a Boris Island Airport that would have cost £100billion even after the Airports Commission rejected the plans.

He also 'campaigned against Londoners paying "the highest fares in Europe" and yet oversaw an increase of fares by an average of 4.2 per cent,' Wes tweeted, '[and] pledged not to allow the congestion charge to go above £8... It rose to £11.50 on his watch.'

More terrifyingly, he promised to put an end to rough sleeping in London by 2012 – yet it doubled during his tenure as leader. He said police in London would increase in numbers despite government cuts – this was accused of being 'barefaced lies'. Plus, he claimed during the 2012 election that robberies were down 16.3% under his mayoralty - but independent analysis showed they actually rose by 18.8%. 'Crime started rising nationally in 2014 and continued to rise during his time in office,' Wes claimed, 'including an increase in homicides.'

When the 2011 riots took place, he took ownership of getting London 'through the riots' despite being on holiday when it began and only coming home after public backlash.

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On Tuesday, Brandon Lewis, Conservative party chairman, was paired with Jo Swinson , deputy You could make the case that there is no endemic sexism here, since men have faced pairing crises in The fresh wind of modernity brought with it reasonable objections, such as: “ Why can’t I breastfeed in

Jo Swinson should be able to stand if she wants to. As someone whose feminist awakening was very much helped along by an eight-months-pregnant Neneh Nonetheless, the idea that it is sexist for a pregnant woman to be offered a seat is ludicrous. Anyone whose body is going through something so

When he promised the NHS would receive £350m that was supposedly being spent on the EU

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Backing the infamously untrue claim on the side of the Vote Leave bus, Boris repeated this sentiment even after the UK Statistics Authority called is 'misleading'. Stating it in a published article in the Telegraph, he said: 'once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly 350m per week. It would be a fine thing as many of us have pointed out if a lot of that money went on the NHS, provided we use that cash injection to modernise and make the most of new technology.'

The problem here, as we've heard a thousand times, is that there is no evidence whatsoever that Brexit will make us better off to the tune of 350 million quid. Indeed, Sir David Norgrove, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, has criticized Johnson for reigniting debate about this spurious claim. In a letter to the Foreign Secretary, he has said 'I am surprised and disappointed that you have chosen to repeat the figure of £350m per week in connection with the amount that might be available for extra public spending when we leave the European Union.'

As such, he faced private prosecution charges for deliberately lying during the campaign. Later, it was struck out by the High Court.

He denies everything, with his lawyer saying: 'I should make it clear that because of the interest in this case that it is absolutely denied by Mr Johnson that he acted in an improper or dishonest manner at any time.'

When he implied voting to remain in the EU was unpatriotic

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In his Telegraph article for which he also reiterated the £350m figure, Boris wrote, 'I look at so many young people with the 12 stars lipsticked to their faces, and I am troubled with the thought that people are beginning to have genuinely split allegiances. And when people say that they feel they have more in common with others in Europe than with people who voted leave I want to say, but that is part of the reason why people voted leave.'

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She was successful in her search and now works from home as a call center representative. With full control over the thermostat, her preferred “I think this is part of what sexism is ,” Mr. Starvaggi said. “It’ s not just mistreatment of women, but it is these norms and expectations that society have of men

Did Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, just imply that it was unpatriotic for young people to be pro-European Union? Did he just suggest that by being so they are, somehow, not loyal to their country? Does the Foreign Secretary sound ever so slightly nationalistic here?

Let's be clear, last year's referendum result was far from definitive. Indeed, the result was nearly a 50:50 split. The Foreign Secretary may have allied himself with those who wanted to leave the EU, either as a result of his genuinely Eurosceptic ideology or because it seemed politically prudent to do so for his own career, but that does not discount the fact that the vote was split 51.9% to 48.1%, meaning that over 16 million people disagree with his definition of patriotism.

Johnson added that he feels a 'transnational sense of allegiance can weaken the ties between us'. In a global world where we rely on having relationships with people in other countries for work as well as to deepen our understanding of the lives of others, his rhetoric is dangerously isolationist.

When he said Brexit could solve the housing crisis

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In another of his many egregious falsehoods in THAT fateful Telegraph article, Boris went on to state the following:

'And I can think of obvious ways in which Brexit can help us tackle the housing crisis – perhaps the single biggest challenge for the younger generation. There may be ways of simplifying planning procedures, post-Brexit, and abbreviating impact assessments – without in any way compromising the environment. It is often pointed out that the price of housing in certain parts of London may be increased by buyers from overseas. But there is no point in putting any kind of tax on foreign buyers because the inhabitants of 27 other countries cannot legally be treated as foreign. No one would want a tax that discouraged international investment and stopped good developments from happening. No one would want to send a signal that the London market was closed.'

Remember when Jeremy Corbyn and his team not only said they would scrap tuition fees but implied they'd look at current graduate debts retrospectively in order to win over the youth vote during election time? That was calculated, this is cynical.

Brexit cannot solve the housing crisis. We do need to relax our planning laws, that's true, but this has nothing to do with the EU and we are already building micro-homes in an attempt to solve the crisis. Do we want laws relaxed to the point where people are living in actual shoe boxes? No. British homes are already the smallest in Europe.

Johnson also implies the EU investors have driven prices up, that's not strictly true. So-called 'foreign investors' from all over the world have been involved with buying up property and renting it out at a premium or leaving it empty across the country. Such speculation has exacerbated the crisis but it didn't cause it. We need laws which state that local homes should be offered to local people first, did the Foreign Secretary do anything about this as Mayor of London? No. Did the EU advise Southwark council to knock down the Heygate estate in South London, uproot its residents and build totally unaffordable housing in its place? No.

We do not need Brexit to solve the housing crisis, we need more government investment and house building, not sticking plaster schemes like Help to Buy. We need councils to meet their building targets. We need regulation of the rental market. As Mayor of London Johnson oversaw the London Property market reach its apex, he watched the housing crisis bubble up to boiling point and did nothing. Foreign investors have played a role in our housing problems but compared with the selling off of public housing assets, inaction of British politicians and vested interested of the Buy to Let landlords in Westminster they're a mere itch.

When he blamed the Hillsborough disaster on Liverpool fans

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In 2004, 15 years after multiple newspapers wrongfully accused Liverpool fans of causing the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, Boris wrote an article for The Spectator making the same accusation. At this point, he was editor of the magazine and a tory MP for Henley.

More than just accusing scouse fans of killing 96 people, he also contributed to the 'whingeing scousers' stigma by accusing Liverpool people of wallowing in their victim status. You know, because they were fighting to prove a police cover-up that would take near 30 years to prove true.

Eight years later, he apologised, saying 'anyone, journalist or politician, should say sorry to the people of Liverpool – as I do – for misrepresenting what happened at Hillsborough.'

When he made up a quote and was fired from The Times

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Within months of being hired by The Times through family connections, Boris was sacked after he made up a quote in his first front page story. The story was about the discovery of the Rose Palace which was built by Edward II – whom was famously rumoured to be sexually involved with Piers Gaveston.

'The trouble was that somewhere in my copy I managed to attribute to Colin the view that Edward II and Piers Gaveston would have been cavorting together in the Rose Palace,' he said. 'Unfortunately, some linkside don at a provincial university spotted that by the time the Rose Palace was built, Piers Gaveston would long have been murdered. It was very nasty.'

Boris then went on to fabricate another story about the issue, questioning the date the castle was built, after which he was sacked.

When he lied about his extramarital affair

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Having been made party vice-chairman and shadow arts minister for the Conservatives back in 2003, he assured Tory leader Michael Howard that tabloid rumours about his affair with Petronella Wyatt were not true. After calling the story an 'inverted pyramid of piffle', the affair was proven true. Of course, he refused to resign despite lying.

As a result, he was sacked for dishonesty for the second time in his career.

When he started Euroscepticism

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After being fired from the Times, he became Brussels correspondent for The Daily Telegraph where he went on to write many articles dubbed 'Euromyths'. They were part of a larger series of Eurosceptic articles from various papers that implied Europe was threatening the British way of life.

His claims included plans to change British sausages, bananas and ban prawn cocktail crisps – as well as introduce same size 'euro coffins'. All of them were dubbed false. Although, that hasn't stopped Boris believing them – because he brought out the same notion on his 2016 Vote Leave tour when he suggested the EU was changing the shape of bananas yet again, something debunked since 1994.

When he was accused of saying 80 million Turkish people would come to Britain unless we left the EU

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Yes, really. He's denied saying it – of course, but on the record is a letter he signed stating 'the only way to avoid having common borders with Turkey is to vote Leave and take back control.'

'Turkey (population 76 million) is joining the EU' a Vote Leave campaign poster also read, adding 'David Cameron wants Turkey to join the EU. How will our NHS cope?'

His Turkish cousin went on to say of him: 'he doesn't strike me as being very honest about his views.'

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