When asked about being Margaret Thatcher's home secretary and foreign secretary, he commented, "She was the prime minister because she was the best person available regardless of gender."
He added, "I think, therefore, the danger of feminism, the danger of constantly putting near the top of agenda that there ought to be more women and more women in this and that sphere of our life, is that you balance over and you become slightly ludicrous."
Twitter is basically dripping in sarcasm over Lord Hurd's comments...
Lord Hurd should wash his mouth out. How can there be a "ludicrous obsession" with gender equality in @UKParliament when only 22% are women?— Charlotte Jones (@CharlotteJonsie) January 15, 2014
Pesky women getting in everywhere. So dangerous! http://t.co/5UNrSJyvRW— Sioned-Mair Richards (@Efrogwraig) January 15, 2014
Ludicrous feminists and their outrageous demands for equal representation in the corridors of power c/o Lord Hurd http://t.co/wsksIUyWxL— Jennifer McKiernan (@JnnfrMcKiernan) January 15, 2014
Yeh, equality is a ludicrous concept, what were we thinking ladies? http://t.co/ImpBkZtF5j— Helen McCulloch (@HelenKMcCulloch) January 15, 2014
He also had strong opinions on Labour's controversial 'all-women shortlists' policy designed to generate higher numbers of female MPs declaring it "deeply undemocratic".
We can kind of understand where Lord Hurd is coming from on this point, we'd be miffed if there was an enforced 'all-men shortlist' too. But David Cameron has been frequently criticised for not appointing enough women, so maybe he does need to do more.
Let's face facts. Of 650 MPs only 147 are women. That's just 22%
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