Democracy does not lack women, it lacks the working class
Michael White writes on the Guardian politics blog that he "can't get outraged that there are only four women in the cabinet". Nor is he bothered that so few women and ethnic minorities were elected to parliament in 2010.
Why's that then Michael? Well, it seems to be because "women and ethnic minorities were elected in record numbers" in the last election. I'm not sure I'd put it quite like that. More were elected but "in record numbers"? What tally is he looking at?
No, what really bothers him is the "conspicuous absence of the white working class" in our parliament. That's the real outrage because outside our bigger towns and cities, we'll see that the population is conspicuously and unapologetically white.
But what about women, Michael? I think there's some of them out there. Ah, yes, he "concedes" that we would "see many women. But that's a different issue". Oh, that's alright then.
In any event, is this not to miss the point entirely? Surely the point is that our democracy should reflect its population. And it doesn't. The most egregious example of this is the paucity of women both in parliament and the cabinet.
Thanks to the Centre for Women and Democracy on Twitter for this story.