The news that David Cameron is to appoint a senior female adviser to assess the impact of every Coalition policy on women, begs the question – are there votes in men’s issues?
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The government’s own analysis shows it is polling badly with women because of how its deficit reduction programme and welfare reforms are being seen to impact on women disproportionately and because of moves such its attempt to speed up making the pension age equal for men and women.
In the early days of the Coalition Government, Tory support climbed among women, reaching a 45 per cent high in one poll at the end of 2010 and hovering just below 40 per cent in others compared to around 34 per cent of men. Since then the Tories’ lead amongst women has fallen, dropping below that of men in many polls, with a recent Harris Interactive survey for the Daily Mail finding that only 43 per cent of women approve of the Prime Minister whilst 54 per cent of men saying that Mr Cameron is doing a good job.
So what if the situation was reversed and, say, 55% of women backed the Government but only 45% of men – would we see a sudden call for a men’s advisor at Number 10?
And do men (or women) vote along gender lines around gender issues anyway?
If enough men were educated about the 10 men who die in the workplace each month, the 10 men who are murdered every week or the 10 men who commit suicide every day could the lack of value placed on men’s lives become a vote winner?
What if enough of us cared about the fact that 40% of men die prematurely, could we get the Government to take action or would they be more concerned that tackling men’s short life expectancy would be an extra burden on pensions?
How about boys who do worse at school, are more likely to be excluded, less likely to get to university, 50% more likely to be unemployed when they graduate and will be paid less than their female friends in their twenties? Would taking a stand for boys and young men not only galvanize their vote, but also their fathers and mothers votes too?
How about dads? Would addressing the unequal rights of fathers that has the UK placed 18th out of 21 industrial nations for family fairness be a vote winner not just for dads, but for mums and other family members too – particularly paternal grandparents who so often get a raw deal when mums and dads separate?
Is it possible that men could become a voting block in their own right or that making the case for men’s issues could influence the future voting patterns of both men and women?
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