A plea to women – from Jo Burton

Jo Burton the recently re-elected labour member for Anston & Woodsetts makes a plea for more involvement from women in the democratic process:

Joo Burton Letter YourMag june 2014

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26 thoughts on “A plea to women – from Jo Burton

  1. This is blatant party propaganda published in a community magazine that should be a non-political publication. Was this a paid for item or was it published ‘in the community interest’?
    I don’t suppose next year’s elections has anything to do with this?
    Moi, cynical??

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  2. This is a bit cheeky from Cllr Jo Burton. Yes its a fact women are underrepresented and are disproportionately affected by cuts. But this comes across as a bit ‘savior’ of women. She has also been involved in the cuts process. And how has she helped raised the livelihoods of women in all those years of Cllr.

    She goes a far length to try blame the global financial crisis and the following austerity simply on ‘men’. Whilst we have still a far way to go on gender equality the global financial crisis and the austerity is more attributed to class or rich vs poor not simply gender. There are 23 women on the council at the moment. Just over a third or around 35%. In my view it should be 50%. But you do not hear Cllr Jo Burton call for further representation of other groups who are underrepresented and disproportionately feeling the cuts like young people and ethnic minorities.

    The age group of 16 – 30 are also feeling very extreme affects of the cuts yet there are only two Cllrs I know of under the age of 30. In fact if you take all the Cllrs aged under 50 then you may have a dozen or so at the best. Under 40 then there are only a few left. Ethnic minorities are also disproportionately feeling the cuts yet there are only 3 ethnic minority Cllrs. If you were really picky you could ask yourself how many cllrs are working are lower class etc. The list could go on forever.

    I know the letter states organisations but she does hint towards the council so I can only use that as a example. So please Cllr Burton do not try and act like a Pankhurst when you clearly are not. If your concerns were genuine then we would also hear you advocate for more Young, BME, LGBT and working class people to be involved the the democratic process.

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  3. I am all for equal rights. Shouldn’t Jo be representing both male and female, rich and poor, able and disabled. If a guy came out with some of these comments he would be classed as chauvinistic. Jo is batting on a dodgy wicket, when she was vice chair of Rotherham children’s services. As usual she has to have another dig at UKIP, but doesn’t mention their name this time. “I do believe that parents need help from the government when bringing children up, but the pendulum has swung too much from the help my own parents got in the 60’s and 70’s. ” Perhaps the reason that Rotherham is in such a mess, is that it is run by Rotherham Labour, rather than because 40 of the 60 ward councillors are male. Even though UKIP now have 10 councillors, it will be difficult to change the decisions of the other 50 councillors, who will then decide who goes on what committee. Hopefully the 500 Tories in Anston will realise they only have to vote UKIP to remove Judith Dalton, rather than vote for a Tory candidate who has no affinity with the area.

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  4. “During that time, I have been amazed at how few women there are in those Organisations”. Whoops, own goal !!, At the last count, here in Anston and Woodsetts Ward, there are two females to one male, and on the Parish Council the mix is 6 Females to 9 Males, I make that a pretty good turn out for the Females. ” We need more women in Public life ( I definitely agree) and we can start in Rotherham”. So she is advocating getting rid of her Male RMBC Cllrs, that wont go down well. Nice to see she signs it on behalf of Judy Dalton as well, nothing to do with her being up for Election next year. Jo Burton won by the very narrow margin of 30 odd votes, I bet Dalton is sweating a bit now.
    Sad to say, its a little disappointing that the very popular “YourMag” Community Magazine. is being infiltrated by the Labour Propaganda Machine.

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    • One does have to wonder about Your mag and the Labour party. As Jo’s leaflets were delivered with the Yourmag. Added to the fact Darren Hughes used to often have an article in Yourmag. Will Deborah Singh Bhatti be willing to give a member of UKIP or any other political party a voice in the magazine. There also seems to be a lot of advertisement of Parish events in the magazine, which I assume aren’t free.

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  5. The issue is integrity not gender balance. This article is typical of the ethical dysfunction at the heart of some political cultures in the uk. Common sense has been ousted by an overriding ideology. I would like to ask Joe Burton if she welcomes the fact that the male former deputy leader of Labour was ousted by a woman candidate in the recent elections. Bet she doesn’t!

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    • Rev,
      I can’t help feeling that it would be better to ask her Cllr Burton questions:
      1. Does she welcome the fact that the deputy leader was ousted?
      2. Does she welcome the fact that the seat he occupied was then taken by a woman?
      Whilst I have never met the lady, I would imagine that her answer to the first question would be “no”, and her answer to the second question would be “yes”.
      I would answer “yes” to both questions. I assume you would, but I could be wrong.

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      • Yes, RR, she’d would definitely seperate the two issues – understandably so, perhaps.
        Also, if this was a letter to editor, it would exclaim why Clive Jepson,s number is not included, so we will let her off that point!

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  6. @Phantom of the Town Hall
    Thank you for the answer.
    It seems you are close to the decision making process, if this is correct it will help us all if you can inform us about some of the decisions made by Certain People which they would much prefer was not in the public domain. (A word of caution, any half decent IT technician can find your IP address and I would not want you to put your job at risk) Despite the legislation which is supposed to protect ‘whistleblowers’ the evidence so far is that it fails to protect the people who expose wrongdoings.
    Fancy the challenge?

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  7. Jo Burtons bit about the banks etc causing all our problems is the same crappy speech she made at the Budget meeting of RMBC. She then went on, along with all the other female councillors, to vote for the budget in it’s entirety. This includes the closure of children’s centres, which adversely affects working mothers and young single parent mothers. She also voted to accept the implementation of the bedroom tax which again affects single mothers, I think if Burton is going to try to peddle this weak form of feminism she needs to turn out and go and meet these women. Oh but I forgot she is Labour they don’t do that sort of thing, well I have a message for Dalton and Havenhand in Dinnington if you want to keep your seats you had better start now. Dalton you need to do better than to put your name to this rubbish. Ask your selves this has Rotherham Borough Council ever had a female leader, answer no. Has the Labour party ever had a female leader, the answer is no. Strange how Burton never mentions this.

    Dave Smith

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  8. I agree more women should be represented in business and politics. What I do not agree with is the imposition of ‘all women shortlists’ which has been shown to be a farce (Think Jack Dromey MP) Imagine what state the Labour party would be in if Harman or Flint became leader, It’s bad enough that Miliband is ineffectual, out of touch and out of synch with the country.
    The only way to attract more women into politics IMV to make politics more attractive and less combative.

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  9. Why does the article only carry the numbers of two of the three Anston Councillors? It is meant to be an independent community leaflet, is it not? Why did the two Labour women Councillors not ask Mr Jeoson to endorse their worthy cause? Did they? Did he refuse? Did they ignore him because he is, horror of horrors, a man? If so they are not quite living up to their vaunted inclusivity politics on this occasion! Pot, kettle, ethnic minority…

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    • Rev, I haven’t seen the mag. in question, and even the Aston version doesn’t get delivered in my bit of Aston, but…
      As far as I can see someone has done a physical cut and paste of a section of an inner page unto the front page of the mag. and then scanned it. We therefore don’t know the original context of the article, it could have been a letter to the editor, a “paid for” advertisment/advertorial , or just a piece of free page filler. YourMag is first and foremost a commercial product, even if it sells itself as an “independent community” mag.

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      • @regular reader.
        “it could have been a letter to the editor, a “paid for” advertisment/advertorial , or just a piece of free page filler”
        These are questions I asked in an email to Debbie Singh at YourMag. I’m still waiting for the answers……………………
        See post # 1

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      • I am sorry if anyone was mislead. I thought it was so obvious that it was a letter, that I didn’t state it to be one. However I did clarify in my first comment on this thread, therefore I reject Regular Readers admonishment!

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  10. I’ll not be writing anymore letters to newpapers if Rothpol quotes them out of context. I expect better form this site whether the subject matter is of a politician close to my views (not many I admit) or not. Clarity and transparency and honesty is all – of what a slippery road we travel if we forget that.

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