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Ann Widdecombe: Women have 'never had it so good'

by Eno Adeogun

Writing in the Radio Times, the Catholic and former Tory MP questioned why the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing has two female presenters.

Widdecombe, who was herself once a contestant on the dance show, said that women have "never had it so good" and that it is now a "positive advantage to be a woman in the media".


She added: "Why, BBC? Why, when Strictly Come Dancing is predicated on teams of men and women, do we have two women presenters?

"It's all part of the pattern of quotas and all-women shortlists that pervades not just the Corporation (unofficially, of course, and definitely in practise) but also politics both with a big P and small one."

The 70-year-old former Conservative politician criticised what she described as "the age of the whine and the whinge".

"Until the 1970s, it was lawful for employers to advertise a job with two rates of pay, one for men and one for women," she said.

Known for not mincing her words, Widdecombe lived up to her reputation in her critique of the #MeToo movement.

"So keen are women to embrace victimhood that members of the #MeToo movement wail about flirtatious conduct decades ago and even a Cabinet minister whimpers about an off-colour joke of several years earlier", she claimed.

"It's enough to make one wonder if we should have stayed at home darning socks.

'The biggest mystery of all, however, is why the men so cringingly put up with it all ... 'Get a life, girls!'"

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