I find myself half nodding to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood saying a change in the law might be needed to make sure more women are elected to the Welsh assembly.Leanne said that legislation might be necessary to alter the gender balance
In 2006, 52% of the 60 AMs were women, but that figure has now fallen to 44%.so a Gender balance could well be in reverse in the Assembly
However, she was not specific on what changes were needed.
"Within Plaid Cymru, we have a strong internal democracy which reflects how much we rely on the party membership as a grassroots body.The problem which Leanne seems to recognise is that previous attempts to address this especially by Labour was used to make sure that it had greater control of selection and to exclude Left wing Men and Women and resulted in an intake into Westminster of Blairite MP who did bugger all for ordinary Women.
"The side effect of this is that measures to promote women are not always at their strongest, but must be balanced out with local party control.
"Over the years we have also seen that this is true outside of Plaid Cymru as well, as tensions between local party democracy and central party machines have been apparent in other parties."
So how can we address the situation?
Legislation would be difficult you could address it to political parties but what about Independents?
You could for instance introduce STV and insist that Political Parties have at least Two candidates with one candidate being female..
Burt the real issue should be that just as working class and ethnic politician forget their roots and whilst they make noises are son absorbed into the political bubble.
The same is true of feminist. The likes of Labour's Harriet Harman make all the right noises when speaking on Women's rights to the annoyance of chauvinist male MPs on both sides of the House
But she was part of the Blair government who talked about equality but did little for ordinary working class women
And that the real challenge . It is the position of ordinary women on low pay and little chance of advancemnt which we must address..
Leanne has asked the question but not provided an answer . But then again who amongst us have one that will not only work but benefit all Women not just the political class?