I thought I’d return after a long absence to blog about an exciting, internationalist, socialist, feminist thing. How brilliant. I wanted to comment about this story that I found in the Guardian which tells us that after the Spanish elections last month, the returning Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapetero has appointed the first ever majority female Cabinet. It includes some absolutely fascinating additions like Carme Chacon, who is the new Defence Minister and just about to go on maternity leave. Amazing. Apparently the Armed Forces of Spain (whose name, I believe, is Paco) is stunned – but what a bloody good move forwards.
But the reason I blog is to comment on the start of the story, which is about Silvio Berlusconi, the returning Prime Minister of Italy who says that this new ‘Pink Cabinet’ is a daft idea which wouldn’t work in Italy because it isn’t easy to find women who are qualified’. Apparently, in Italy, finding 8 women of Cabinet level is too hard. There are literally hundreds of men, but we struggle to find eight women.
What do we think? I thought it was typical of right wingers but good news for Spain. Let’s hope they can show Berlusconi how good they can be.