- Jun 9, 2013
I dont know PJ and I would like to know this. From British experience, we know that accusations of sexist bullying (and a good deal worse) can arise in all parties - the difference tends to be their response to them. In NI, the DUP, despite the fact that it has a female leader is notorious for allegations of bullying and threatening female councillors of their own party and others. They have few female MLAs. At one point, SF MLAs at Stormont had a sort of "Praetorian guard" of tough Republicans like Gerry Kelly to give the DUP the stink-eye if they started mocking or harrassing female SF representatives.
I am not aware of allegations of sexist bullying in SF. One remarkable thing that party did was to set up mentoring for female members with aspirations to public office, in which they were partnered or buddied with senior female members. This strikes me as a very good idea.
Well fair play to SF. They clearly saw an issue and dealt with it. But it doesn't deal with the root cause. The thinking, the actions, the behaviour.