Prime Minister David Cameron signalled a major shift in policy today, in a speech to other EU leaders, when he announced that “the Gender Equality experiment has failed”.
Attending a conference of security chiefs to address the growing threat of gender radicalism, he used the strongest language yet heard, referring to what he called a sad history of misguided attempts by both national and local government to take a liberal stance and treat the views of all genders as equally valid, which had served only to drive both women and men into extremism.
“The vast majority of women are useful and productive members of society,” said Mr Cameron, “and we value their contribution greatly. There is a small minority, however, who for many years have been pursuing a more radical agenda, and too much of government’s time and money has been spent on attempting to placate them.”
The speech may be designed to bring the UK closer to some of its European allies. France recently passed controversial legislation banning women from wearing too much clothing, and the choice of Silvio Berlusconi as the next President of the EU has been seen as a clear message by some campaigners.
“Women still have a role to play at all levels of western society and government” Mr Cameron insisted. “Over many years in the Conservative party, I have benefitted greatly from the help of support of women, and we’ve even found room for one or two in the cabinet. Nevertheless, they are in the minority in a predominantly male environment, and that brings certain responsibilities. They need to recognise that if they want to be accepted and respected by those around them then they will need to learn to speak our language.”