As the focus in the media and in many places where the nations power is being held or observed is now turning onto who will replace Theresa May, it is clear that not everyone will want to prioritise caring for the whole of society. On Saturday the Daily Telegraph interviewed a lady who has a strong reputation for the importance of bringing gender balance into our nations boardrooms. This is a very important campaign and so Dame Helena Morrissey (on the left) is someone who may have views on other themes that are worth being considered. However her views are not necessarily any more credible when it comes to other themes than anyone else in society. The lady on the right has not been interviewed by the Telegraph and indeed they, like many papers do have a habit of only paying attention to the people and issues they treat as important.
If this article was a focus on the next leader of a highly isolated private body that had very little influence on the rest of us, the views expressed by Helena and published by the Telegraph would possibly be acceptable, but because political parties set out to determine the future for the lives of both Helena and the lady on the right and the rest of us, it is vital that papers like the Telegraph ensure a much broader approach and perhaps even for them to raise such matters with the people they interview! According to the article “One of Britain’s leading financiers has warned Tory leadership candidates against trying to please all sides of their party. Dame Helena Morrissey said compromise was “overrated” and would-be leaders who focus on trying to unite the party are “naive”. This article and perhaps her Helena’s view was a specific point of conflict with the argument by Michael Gove who claims to be a unity candidate. Few people would agree that Michael is capable of uniting groups of people and he is not alone in the campaign as the Telegraph also listed Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Jeremy Hunt as setting out the same priority. Perhaps the paper wants to see a different form of politics. It also stated:
The head of personal investing at Legal & General Investment Management, one of Europe’s largest asset managers, said: “Now is not the time for consensus. It’s a time to hold to your position and articulate your view. “Compromise is so overrated. I learned that when I was an investor, where results are king. The middle ground of ‘unity’ isn’t a place where most successful people spend a lot of time.”
The day after Theresa May announced her upcoming resignation, Dame Helena tweeted: “Already we have potential Tory Prime Ministers talking about bringing ‘the Party’ and/or the country ‘together’.
“I think this is naive and a big fail. There are times when division is appropriate and totally normal, like now. Not seeing that is a problem.”
On Saturday Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, also warned that “compromise in search of the lowest common denominator is not the way forward”.
She called for leadership candidates hoping for unity to be “patient”. “We are more likely to come together, not now, but further down the line when we can see that the UK outside the EU is successful and less dysfunctional due to all of us contributing to our success,” she said. “We need patience, maturity and wins!”
My own view is that whilst I have no intention of voting for the party concerned, that unless they are about to evaporate from being one of the two most dominant political parties, that it is essential that whatever their internal conflict or unity, that they need to start treating the whole of our nation in a much more equal fashion. It is clearly vital that they support the campaign by Helena to improve the gender balance in Boardrooms across our nation, but they also need to improve the whole of society by ensuring equality takes place everywhere. I have no idea if that is what Helena would describe as unity!