Anne Widdecombe: 'There's no argument for positive discrimination'

Anne Widdecombe

Friday, April 12, 2019

Anne Widdecombe has said there is "no argument" for positive discrimination in the workplace.

The former politician made the comments on the drive show with Dan Wootton, during a discussion on whether a man or a woman should replace Strictly Come Dancing judge, Darcey Bussell.

"If a woman could replace Len Goodman, why shouldn't a man replace Darcey Bussell? What's the difference?" Ms Widdecombe said.

"Are we going to decide things on merit, or are we always going to decide things according to a gender, a sexual orientation, colour and age, and all these other things."

She added: "There is no argument at all that makes it right to discriminate against someone, which is what you do in positive discrimination."

A talkRADIO poll of 587 people found that 88 per cent of respondents would be happy for a man to replace Ms Bussell on the judging panel, with 12 per cent saying a woman should take the post.

"It is an insult to women. I used to say this when I was an MP and both party leaders were bringing in their own forms of positive discrimination," Ms Widdecombe added.

"It's suggesting that we can't get here on our own merits."

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