On one of these election results programmes from 1979, Shirley Williams had to put up with the ignominy of being told she was “very pretty” by Sir Robin Day. I never heard him say the same thing to male politicians, funnily enough. Can you just imagine how Harriet Harman would have reacted? Shirley was very gracious at the time but I’m sure she must have inwardly raised her eyes to heaven as every woman involved in politics does frequently.
Yesterday, Shirley talked to the Guardian about the clubbish, boyish nature of politics and the barriers facing women in the business world. It’s well worth a listen.