The Tories have launched a public relations offensive about government diversity in a bid to salvage their shambolic reshuffle – but the spin doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Downing Street were last night pushing the line that there are “more women attending Cabinet” than before Theresa May rearranged the deckchairs on her sinking ship.
And the Daily Mail are doing their bit for the propaganda push with this front page:
But, as this Telegraph journalist points out, May has only increased the number of sisters round the table by allowing women with junior ministerial posts to “attend” Cabinet:
The 'we have more women because they ATTEND Cabinet' excuse is so frustrating – up there with shoving a load of women on your non-exec board to satisfy diversity targets. Give women the big jobs, not token appointments. https://t.co/jneCf80AON
— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) January 9, 2018
Readers of the Daily Mail needn’t worry because Scrapbook’s found that women still only hold the same number of proper Cabinet posts as men who went to private school.
There are only six women who are full members of the Cabinet:
- Prime Minister Theresa May
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd
- Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey
- Leader of the Lords Baroness Evans
- Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley
- International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt
And, according to new research by the Sutton Trust, there are six privately educated men who are full members of the Cabinet:
- Boris Johnson – Eton – Currently £25,000-a-term
- Jeremy Hunt – Charterhouse – Currently £10,000-a-term
- Michael Gove – Robert Gordon’s College – Currently £12,710-a-term
- Matt Hancock – King’s School – Currently £4,425-a-term
- Brandon Lewis – Forest School – Currently £5,992-a-term
- David Lidington – Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School – Currently £6,490-a-term
Far from ‘looking more like the country’, the Tory Cabinet still resembles a posh school’s playground…