The Zoom meeting of the Handforth Parish Council went viral after seventeen-year-old Shaan Ali retweeted a you tube clip on his twitter account. He is in the habit of watching council meetings, while studying politics for his A levels. Few if any meetings are as lively as this one. Jackie Weaver, an independent mediator, had been asked to chair the meeting by two councillors. She deleted the Chairman of the Council from the Zoom call, on the grounds that he was constantly disrupting it. This resulted in bullying by some of the remaining councillors.
The clip was greeted with national hilarity and discussed widely in the news and on radio programmes. However, as the dust settled, it provoked a discussion on Sexism.
Jackie Weaver, the chief officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, said the meeting showed an element of “bullying and bad behaviour in local councils” She said that she thought it showed sexism.
Sexism is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as ” actions based on the belief that the members of one sex are less intelligent, able, skilful etc. than the members of the other sex, especially that women are less able than men” The male councillors, who were being offensive in the meeting seem to fulfil these criteria.
On Friday 5th February a local councillor from another area, phoned into the Jeremy Vine programme on BBC radio2, to say that a male councillor had shaken his fist at her, on a Zoom council meeting of the Planning Committee! She did say that she didn’t think that he would have done that, if the meeting had taken place in the Council chamber and that people were more uninhibited in their behaviour on Zoom.
However, in the House of Commons, women have been recipients of crude gestures from the benches opposite and know which male MPs it is safe to travel with alone in a lift. In 2017 a secret What App group came to light, in which women working in the Houses of Parliament name male politicians that are notorious for their lecherous behaviour.
Recently at an online meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee said that meetings attended by too many women tended to “drag on” because they talked too much.
Kaori Yamaguchi, a JOC director said “Gender equality and consideration for people with disabilities were supposed to be a given for the Tokyo Games”
“It is unfortunate to see the president of the organising committee make a remark like that.” There have been calls for his resignation.
In the late 1960s when I worked for an Insurance company in the City of London, discrimination was entrenched in the conditions of employment. Married women were not eligible to join the Pension Scheme. In the 1940s, women who worked for this company, were even required to resign from their positions upon marriage!
There has undoubtedly been progress of a sort on Sexism, but as these online meetings show, there is still some way to go.
You can watch the video here.
London Theatre: Back to the Future the Musical
From 21 June 2021 the musical Back to the Future will start in London, which as the title says is the theatrical and musical version of the famous film.
The musical is expected to remain in London until at least February 13, 2022. The show lasts two hours and 40 minutes and is located at the Adelphi Theater Strand, London, WC2R 0NS
The beloved 1985 film Back to the Future was a huge success and eventually produced two more films, a television series, a ride in a theme park and video games. In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future was honored with numerous Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Hugo Award, a Saturn Award and an Academy Award. You may never have thought of wanting to see a musical from this famous film, but now that you know that it exists, you may want to.
London Theatre: The Tina Turner Musical
The musical Tina returns to London for at least a year, in fact you can book tickets from 21 June 2021 to 26 June 2022. The musical will be at the Aldwych Theater 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF in central London.
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings Tina has managed to become a star and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical tells about her life and the ups and downs of her long career, you will hear many songs you know.
She began in the 1960s with her then husband Ike Turner, she became known for hits like A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High and Proud Mary. After her abusive marriage ended, Tina rebuilt her career and staged a big solo comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1984, her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, became a worldwide success.
The musical was a huge hit in the UK during its West End premiere. Now it finally returns after the pandemic. The whole musical lasts three hours with an intermission in between.
The best places in the UK, apparently
The LNER (London North East Railway which was once called Virgin Trains) has commissioned a study to see what are the best views in the UK.
We can see how places were ranked, some surprising, some less so. In first place is Loch Ness in Scotland and no one is surprised, in second place the Lake District in Cumbria is equally predictable.
In third and fourth place two places in London are the London Eye and the Tower of London. This is followed by St Ives Bay in Cornwall, Ingleton in Yorkshire and Snowdonia in Wales in seventh place. Man O’War Beach, Dorset The White Cliffs of Dover Stonehenge, Salisbury Ben Nevis viewed from Lochaber, Scotland followed by
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park
Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Durdle Door, Dorset
Westminster Bridge, London
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
Peak District viewed from Stanage Edge, Derbyshire
Buttermere, the Lake District
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
Richmond Park, London
The Angel of the North, Gateshead
The Three Sisters, Glencoe Valley
Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight
Eden Valley, Cumbria
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Concerts coming up!
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