Do you like the colour of her hair?
Do you like what she wore today?
Do you think she’ll do a good job?
Should we all just talk on Twitter
About what a terrible mess she’ll make?
And would the same rules apply
If she were a posh man?
So, we have another new Prime Minister in this country. It feels like the Conservatives have served us up a revolving door of candidates – we bring one on, slag them off until they have no choice but to leave and then we start on the next.
It’s a really punishing position to be in and I can’t quite work out why anyone would want to put themself through it. And, as much as I hate to say it, I think that women have it even harder than men.
When Boris was voted in, half the country were very happy with their decision and they were very vocal about how great they thought he was. If you go on Twitter today, you get a very different vibe, and probably the same people who voted for him, are now going as far as wishing him dead.
Now Liz Truss has been voted in, the conversations are very different. I overheard someone in the park saying ‘so, it’s a woman they chose’. Why is that even a relevant question? Nobody was commenting on the fact that Boris was a man three years ago.
And there is a real sense of distrust in the online comments. Can she do the job? Does she have the experience? Does she have chubby ankles? These are questions that were not asked of Boris.
Perhaps we should just let the new girl get on with it. Who knows, she might surprise you…
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Not being UK, I won’t comment on whether or not Liz Truss was the right choice, Rachel. But I do agree with you that the fact that she’s a woman does (still) make a difference. For whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to matter sometimes that we’ve had women as heads of state many times; for some people it’s still a novelty, and they’re not sure that a woman can do it. It’ll be interesting to see what steps she takes and what choices she makes.