This is our truth, tell us yours
Not every twitterspat deserves a blogpost about it, but a conversation I had with Helen Lewis last night dovetailed nicely with a couple of stories this morning.
Essentially, the conversation with Helen Lewis is all it is; a difference of viewpoints and perspectives. Leave aside the theological nonsense (even in the most liberal christian worldviews, we don’t get to decide who goes to hell – god does) and the way in which Ms Lewis, as part of the establishment, thinks the rest of us are not on the boards of charities simply because we don’t care enough, at heart there is my view that other things matter more than the things Helen Lewis and Caroline Criado-Perez care about. And they’re issues that touch the lives of millions of women.
Let’s leave poverty pay aside. If you don’t get the message about that, go and do the research. Women are disproportionately affected by low pay.
Fleet Street Fox, who is a real journalist as opposed to a hacker of op-ed pieces for the demi-monde of the chatterati,has this story across the tabs she works for today. The contrast between ‘faces on banknotes’ and ‘banknotes in purses’ feminism could not be greater.
The other story that I can’t bring you, because it’s behind the Sunday Times paywall, is about the most basic of human rights, the right to live a long and fulfilling life. It shows that the gap in life expectancy is widening, so that for girls in the most prosperous electoral division in Northumberland the odds are they will live to over 100, while in the most impoverished divisions, which are adjacent, a girls life expectancy at birth is 80.
To put it bluntly, all those girls will get the chance to see the symbolism of Jane Austen on a banknote, but some of them, who are more likely to be born into privilege as social mobility declines, will get to see a lot more of them and get a lot longer to enjoy the view.