You just have to wait

As the mighty Supremes once sang, you cant hurry love, you just have to wait - but were also apparently going to have to wait generations for gender equality in Britain.

As the mighty Supremes once sang, you cant hurry love, you just have to wait - but were also apparently going to have to wait generations for gender equality in Britain.

This is what the Equality Opportunities Commission reckons in a new report today.

So tough luck if youre a woman hoping to get equal pay for your job, hoping not to have to do all the cleaning up after your boyfriend, or hoping to walk down the street without fearing verbal abuse or worse.

The EOCs getting dissolved into a new all-purpose body to sort out all kinds of inequality and human rights issues in Britain. Amnesty is lobbying for more political and financial support within the End Violence Against Women campaign. Check out this work - its well worth supporting.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mails running with a story about how two soldiers from Prince Harrys regiment are on trial for allegedly raping a 17-year-old and later bragging about it.

All as yet unproven, of course, but one thing thats not in doubt is that theres an epidemic of rape in the UK and hardly anyone is getting caught.

You might have seen news coverage over the weekend about how the conviction rate for reported rapes is stuck at a miserable 6%. In other words, only about one in 20 reported rapes actually leads to a rapist getting put behind bars.

One reason, shockingly, is that the general public tends to blame the woman herself for getting raped! At least thats what an ICM poll that Amnesty commissioned showed. Another good reason to support the End Violence Against Women campaign if you ask me.

Finally, for a bit of light relief, check out those YouTube clips of the much-hyped questions to Democrat election contenders in the US. I saw a few on the news last night. Not bad. But, hey, why did CNN have to vet the questions first? Old media controlling new media or what?

Until tomorrow

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