Thursday 18 January 2018

Rules have to change

Emer O'Kelly

Madam – Emer O'Kelly, (Sunday Independent, March 9, 2014), has embraced the frustrating fallacy that having female quotas in politics will lead all of us to regard any woman achieving political office as a token woman, having achieved her position because of a quota rather than because of her ability.

Such a belief is only possible if it is the case that all of the male incumbents are in their positions because they are the best person for the job by reason of ability.

But in politics, just as in business, achieving status is not just about ability, but about ambition, connections, name-recognition and a myriad other things which have nothing to do with being the best person for the job.

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