The fact that “minister for women” is listed as the fourth of her responsibilities worres me, but Janice Turner has a spirited defence of the Labour Party’s new deputy leader. A sample:
The response to Harmanâ€™s election, the language used to describe her, the hydrochloric acid of hate that rained upon her, reveals â€“ for all our incoming female Home Secretary or the outgoing Foreign one â€“ how uneasy we remain about women participating in public life.
How retro, how Seventies sit-com for a woman politician to be judged as humourless! True, Harman is that dread thing that most women know only to whisper softly, a feminist. And a campaigning one at that, who even used the stuffy old job of Solicitor-General to get domestic abuse treated with more judicial severity and to stop the trafficking of women into prostitution. Yeah, more bloody wimminâ€™s issues. And itâ€™s true, Harman is a serious person: doesnâ€™t â€“ on the couple of occasions Iâ€™ve met her â€“ crack too many funnies.
Neither is she the type who flatters men by laughing at their jokes. She is a womanâ€™s woman, not much fussed about male approval….