July 23rd, 2014

EHRC: All Women Shortlists Are Unlawful

The Equalities and Human Right’s Commission has ruled that All Women Shortlists are illegal. To very little attention, the EHRC today published guidance on the equalities legislation around which appointments to boards must be made. It says very clearly on page 10:

“We do not believe that it is lawful to address under-representation by longlisting or shortlisting only female candidates to the detriment of male candidates” 

Though the context was the private sector, it could not be clearer about the legality of the issue.

One rule for us, another for…

UPDATE: People who seem to know what they are talking about say there are special provisions for political parties (until 2030) which permit the use of all-women shortlists by registered political parties in relation to elections to government (see sections 104 and 105 of the Equality Act 2010).


  1. 1
    Shooty* says:


    No doubt Harriet is on her way over there to educate them as we speak.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. 2
    Jack Dromey says:

    So this is embarrasing

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 3
    Jack Dromey says:

    Where does it leave me!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. 4
    Jack Dromey says:


    Liked by 1 person

  5. 5

    The bastard leftoid marxist FemiNazis will be forced to call by-elections then, in every affected seat. That’ll be fun. Time to Buzz The Tower.


    • 36
      Ockham's Razor says:

      Now just remind me…

      What did Mr Blair’s wife do for a living and in which area of it did she practice?

      Vote UKIP :-D


  6. 9
    Robin J Smith says:

    But Labour adores the EHRC, doesn’t it?


  7. 11
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Ha ha ha.


  8. 12
    Mrs Jack Dromey says:

    When are we going to have all big black cock lists?


  9. 13
    Esther McVey'c crotch says:

    Wind my Clock !


  10. 15
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

    OK, let’s just have zero men shortlists.


  11. 16
    David Cameron says:

    No problemo.

    All Gay shortlists then.


  12. 18
    Andrew says:

    There is a specific exception in the Equality Act for election short lists. Brought in with all-party support . Sorry to be boring.


    • 93
      Witty Monker says:

      The point is, is it legal though?


    • 103
      Anonymous says:

      So why has the court said it is illegal? Or are you saying that all the parties have had all female shortlists?


      • 125
        Andrew says:

        First, the Commission is not a court, it does not rule: it advises,

        Second, this advice concerns boards and committees, and the like. There is a specific section in the Equality Act which allows all-women shortlists for Parliamentary candidatures, until the year 2030. So such a shortlist is legal.

        It shouldn’t be and that provision – along with the tie-break nonsense – should be repealed. But that is how it is at the moment.


        • 162
          The Critic says:

          The Commission are of course correct. Using discrimination to fight discrimination simply breeds more discrimination. That we have made it law to do so tells you everything you need to know about the political classes.


    • 170
      Tom Catesby . says:

      But the EUSSR makes our laws!


  13. 19

    So what happens next ? Throwing out all MPs elected where lists were used and forcing some by-elections could be good for UKIP.


    Vote UKIP :-D


    • 85
      The Growler says:

      It’s all show put on by DC, the UK needs all that Ruskie money and gas, property prices in London would drop if the Russians go. DC has to say these things Putin knows it and Fawkes knows it.


      • 95
        A Vote for Ukip is a Vote for Labour says:

        Could you imagine Miliband standing up to Putin? No, me neither. As for Farage, he’d probably take Putin’s side.


  14. 20
    FrankFisher says:

    Took their time didn’t they?

    Anyway, you can bet that the politicians will decide that their own scheme sidesteps the HRA and discrimination laws, on the grounds that such discrimination is necessary and proportionate. Betcha.


  15. 21
    Thomas the Tank says:

    Serves them right.


  16. 22
    Anthony says:

    “It could not be clearer” that all women shortlisted are explicitly exempted by virtue of the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002, and are therefore unaffected by this ruling. Moving on…


  17. 23
    Nick Clegg says:

    We LibDems only have non circumcised shortlists and are all inclusive as this includes both male and females.


  18. 24
    mustafa dump says:

    “get your burqas on, get your burqas on ,get your burqas on for the boys get your burqas on for the boys”


  19. 25
    Legal Genius says:

    Read page 11…


  20. 28
    gildedtumbril says:

    I care not what sex these deviants of all colours are alleged to be.
    Lamp posts and finest Chinese piano-wire need marriage.


  21. 29
    Howard says:

    I live in what might be described as a culturally enriched part of Britain.

    I am unable to attend my local swimming pool some evenings due to there being “women only” swimming sessions and simply for being a male I cannot swim at my local pool on those days.

    Surely this can’t be fair.


    • 32
      Shooty* says:

      Fear not, infidel: in a decade or so, you will probably have been peacefully beheaded, then it won’t be a problem for you!


  22. 30
    Bloomers in rain-soaked Bongo Bongo Land says:



  23. 37

    “The Equalities and Human Right’s Commission”

    Please, if you don’t understand apostrophes, don’t use them.


  24. 38
    Phil me Bank Account says:

    “I`m going to get the middle east peace envoy job I would ask you all to keep a serious face while the picture is taken”


  25. 43
    Jimmy says:

    I know righties are slow readers but you should probably have read the whole thing first:

    “In order to reduce unequal representation, specific provisions in equality legislation permit (until 2030) the use of all-women shortlists by registered political parties in relation to electoral candidates for elections to the UK, European and Scottish parliaments, the Welsh Assembly and local government.
    Similar provisions would be needed to introduce all-women shortlists in other recruitment exercises. However, EU law permits all women shortlists for electoral candidates because such candidates fall outside the scope of employment and occupation in the relevant EU Directive. In contrast, appointment to company boards falls within the scope of employment and occupation. At this point, it is therefore unlikely that such a provision, applied to company board appointments, would be consistent with EU law. “


  26. 45
    Stay here and suffer you racist scum says:

    Just watching ‘Escape to the country’ and ‘Wanted down Under’ on BBC1.
    Can’t help noticing that all the folk wanting to ‘escape’ are white.
    I think the EHRC need to look into this.


    • 81
      Unbalanced Views says:

      I’ve a friend who lives in Pudsey – When he decised to move house, the Estate Agent asked if he was looking for a ‘more traditionally English area?’ – i.e. no muzzies


      • 89
        I liked it better when town were black and folk were white says:

        Pudsey is High Street Calcutta. In spades (are we allowed to say that?).


        • 165
          Ghost of Lady Thatcher says:

          But it’s only one letter away from hideously white “Pusey” in disgracefully English Oxfordshire

          Actually the “two state” solution is already evolving : private enterprise has largely moved to the suburbs. IT industry is in the Thames Valley not Londinistan. It can’t afford to put everything on hold every summer while the natives get restless and burn and loot everything in sight.


  27. 47
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Jackqueline Dromey says “I’m free”.


  28. 49
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Never mind that.

    Vote UKIP :-D

    You know you want to.


  29. 66
    Lord Rennard says:

    I demand more LibDems inside these female MPs.


  30. 68

    ‘Russ!an Defense Minister S’ergei S’hoigu personally directed the transfer of weapons to terrorists in the D’onbass – Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine’


    May be a counter ultimatum issued from P’utin to K’iev over D’onbass:

    23 July 1914 – 23 July 2014 ?

    For historical significance see July Crisis of 1914 – Most should be aware of where that led : Honey Badger, he don’t care !!!

    Vote UKIP :-D


  31. 75

    ‘Russ!an Defense Minister S’ergei S’hoigu personally directed the transfer of weapons to terrorists in the D’onbass – Ministry of I’nternal Affairs of U’kraine’


    May be an u’ltimatum issued from P’utin to K’iev over D’onbass:

    23 J’uly 1914 – 23 J’uly 2014 ?

    For historical significance see J’uly C’risis of 1914 – Most should be aware of where that led : Honey Badger, he don’t care !!!

    Vote UKIP :-D


    • 102
      A Vote for Ukip is a Vote for Labour says:

      I seem to recall Farage confessing to admiration for Putin during the televised debates.


      • 109

        Well – looking at some of the comments on this blog and elsewhere – many do share an admiration.

        The Conservative party itself, for example, is on their payroll.

        Many have been fooled by the Cheka in the past .

        Most do not realize what lays behind the mask. That is knowledge held more on the left, and those who open the history books – not the ones kept in schools.

        If F’arage still maintains that position now that would be news. He will be unable to comment as the EU itself needs to make a decision. On that he will perhaps be quite vocal.

        It is worth maintaining a certain level of respect if only to ensure that one is not lulled into a false sense of security that the opponent in this case is acting either irrationally, stupidly, or without hostile intent.

        Vote UKIP :-D


        • 149
          Nuland & Applebaum says:


          As someone who works in the USA and in Russia (and India), I can assure you that you’re talking nonsense. Both nations have moved on from the 60’s, a period in which your thinking still seems to be embedded. Russia has moved from the left towards crony capitalism, while the US has reached more or less the same endpoint from a rather different origin.

          The Russians, Americans (and Indians) I work with are in general excellent people, with the same sort of interests. They want to earn enough to live on, send their kids to good schools – you know the drill. They are betrayed, however, by their politicians who, in both nations and of course in ours, display a very high frequency of sociopathy. Just as paedophiles work their way into positions where they have contact with kids, just so do high functioning sociopaths move into politics where they can gain power, privilege and money.

          For CHEKA read CIA; for Russian expansionism read US imperialism. At the top, these nations are mirror images of each other, although the US has better PR.

          You should also check your definition of terrorism.

          Vote UKIP.


          • The people are only betrayed by their gullibility in buying the lies of others.

            The C!A are hardly Cheka. That period of R’ussian history is also way before the 1960’s – in fact the 1960’s post C’uba were surprisingly enlightened by comparison. Until R’ussia decided to have a crack at A’fghanistan.

            Vote UKIP :-D


  32. 78
    Labour Lies says:

    I hate women representing the Labour Party, more so than any other political party. They are made up of self-serving, hypocritical, lying, back-stabbing, out-of-touch champagne socialists that engage in scaremongering tactics and smear campaigns to win votes. I hate the following Female Labour MPs:

    Jacqui Smith (expenses cheat).

    Yvette Cooper (expenses cheat, hypocrite and wife of Ed balls).

    Caroline Flint (another incompetent minister under Blair & Brown’s government and a spiteful, evil woman).

    Harriet Harman (gender baiting, PIE loving, man-hating ultra feminist, who seeks to divide strong families and communities and has done nothing to improve her constituency, gang/drug/crime-infested Peckham).

    Diane Abbott (race baiting, community destroying troll in crime infested Hackney, who could not hold down a marriage for more than 2 years).

    Seema Malhotra (Feltham & Heston MP, who covered up her double barreled name (Malhotra-Suma), and did not disclose her £3million London home in Chelsea. She’s also a member of the Fabien Society.

    Hazel Blears (another hypocritical expenses cheat, whose own constituency in Salford re-elected her. Stupid people).

    Shabana Mahmood (MP for Ladywood, Birmingham, a constituency known for having the highest single-parent families on welfare). Labour Council and their MPs have done nothing to improve Birmingham.

    I also hate the following: Emily Thornberry, Rachel Reeves, Yasmin Qureshi, Luciana Berger, Margaret Beckett & Gloria De Piero.


  33. 82
    EHRC says:

    I think Diana Abbott has proven that being both female and black is no barrier to being equally as shit as everyone else in Parliament.


  34. 92
    Not In My Name says:


    Not applicable to choosing candidates for electoral purposes


  35. 96
    Nick Clegg says:

    Who has been leaking to the media?


  36. 107
    jean claude junker says:

    Got to love how the Right suddenly becomes interested in human rights when it suits their blinkered world view…


    • 159
      Tel E. Caster says:

      It’s more about taking pleasure in the way that political correctness always ends up arguing with itself.


  37. 110

    Does this also mean that the selection lists of ethnic minority candidates for jobs is also illegal? There is at least one police force who is only interviewing candidates from ethnic minorities as new recruits.


  38. 115
    The British media are cunts says:

    Can you tell that women Labour women are actually female? most of them look like east German shot putters.


  39. 120
    It is better to strive for fairness. says:

    If a blind man is sitting an exam and in order for him to do so, he and his fellow students also sitting the exam have to be treated with inequality in order to give the blind guy a fair chance of passing the same exam. He is given a scribe and extra time and the other students are not. So is equality just a concept we strive towards and nothing to do with reality and the best we can truly hope for is fairness as opposed to equality? Methinks fairness is more achievable that the concept of equality. We tie ourselves up in knots when we chase after concepts such as equality as opposed to fairness.

    All ‘anything’ lists are nonsense and can lead to greater inequalities. It is just that Labour has labeled themselves as being champions for concepts such as equality and they fail to address inequalities in a rational or reasonable way and do in fact exacerbate the problem they are trying to solve. Maybe one day they will come down to earth and replace their unrealistic ideals for fairness.


    • 146
      Artificial equality = inequality says:

      We could amalgamate the Olympics with the Paralympics by handicapping all the regular Olympians to even things up.


      And, in case anyone’s wondering, no, I still wouldn’t watch.


  40. 122
    cured lefty says:

    maybe i missed it but i,ve yet to see any mike holder ask Hattie why her husband managed to win in an aws?


  41. 123
    Prof. Ed Miliband, B.Sc. M.Sc. Ph.D. says:

    The square eating the bacon roll is equal to the sum of the squares on the other side of the shadow cabinet table.


  42. 124
    Rupert says:

    Rachel Reeves is a tranny. Fact.


  43. 130
    Cameron, damn his eyes says:

    get down and do the re-shuffle boogie


  44. 133
    Another Headshrinker says:

    Does that mean Jackie Dromey is a tranny?


  45. 152
    Derek Laud says:

    I like to party (with kids)


  46. 154

    The rules get bent when it improves peoples chances of retaining or gaining power


  47. 160
    JustSayNo_toFriendsofIsrael says:

    In answer to Guido’s hysterical chasing of that MP who dared to ‘offend’ the Israel lobby with a couple of tweets…

    Just came across this chap – a current Harvard Professor who gives a balanced and compelling perspective on why the Israel lobby is bad for the USA, bad for Israel and bad for Palestine.
    And by default, why the lobby is/will be bad for the UK.

    If you were too worried about criticising Israel for fear of being branded anti-semitic, [like we had been scared to call out uncontrolled immigration in the UK for fear of being branded racist], then check out the link below.

    Professor Walt also has speeches on Youtube, [search out moveoveraipac].
    Not a nutter, but a sensible, brave academic, whose research will resonate with the average person on the street who has probably been too wary about voicing their legitimate concerns about supporting Israel.



  48. 161
    Tar And Feathers says:

    Classic. A few Euroloons apparently decided 2030 was long enough to create a permanent equality of outcome.


  49. 163
    Anonymous says:

    “Human Right’s Commission has ruled that All Women Shortlists are illegal.”
    Fortuitously Dave, that other guy, and Ed probably have a prearranged contingency plan. They may now rush through a change of law, with MPs using Twitter. This will effectively frustrate any interference from that Government Over The Water. Just as it did, with any illegality related to the snooper’s charter.


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