Why I hope the future is female, pale and stale

Jo Whiley, the first female DJ on BBC Radio 2's weekday daytime schedule for 20 years Credit: Dave Hogan/ Getty Images

Women. They’re everywhere. Haven’t you noticed? This week alone, they’ve been storming the Cabinet, conquering the Golden Globes, laying siege to the BBC and carrying out a purge of Radio 2.

Crikey, anyone would think 2018 was the Year of the Woman. Or that they constituted more than 50 per cent of the population. Or even that they ought to be paid the same, promoted the same and treated the same as men.

Judging from the reaction from the press and (anti)social media, you really would think that a monstrous regiment was laying waste to civilisation’s most venerable institutions, rather than simply getting on with the job and standing up for their legal rights.

Let’s start with Mrs May’s promotion of 11 female MPs, which she described as “fresh talent” for her government, and which the Tory old guard promptly rubbished as “tokenism”.

This was because these women took the places of a tranche...

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