MPs won’t talk about ‘men’s issues’ says BBC politics reporter

Top politicians will not talk about men’s issues according to one of the BBC’s top political reporters.

The claim has been made by BBC Radio 4’s Anita Anand, who has interviewed The Men’s Network for today’s Beyond Westminster programme – click here for programme details.

“Listen to the Westminster political debate in recent months and you will hear one group regularly given special attention: women,” says Anita.

“But what you will not hear is the opposite – top politicians saying they have policies specifically directed at male voters, or ‘male issues’.”

According to Anita, who has spoken to a mixture of men, men’s groups and poitical pundits for today’s programme “some men say they feel increasingly alienated from politicians who seem to talk less about their concerns”.

Reporting on the politics section of the BBC website (click here for the full article), Anand says:

“Some observers say women tend to be more cautious and risk-averse when making up their political minds. And that may reinforce the idea among political strategists that women as voters need to be addressed more directly and specifically than men.

“This goes back a long way. From the moment women achieved the vote in the 1920s, political campaigners have targeted them. It used to be posters depicting tea-drinking ladies urged to do their political duty. These days it is politicians’ desperation to appear on Mumsnet.

“Men are rarely if ever addressed in this collective way,” says Anita who believes little will change soon in terms of top politicians speaking out on men’s issues.

“Westminster strategists will remain sceptical about the idea of a “male vote”. It is hard to imagine that we will soon hear Ed Miliband and David Cameron boasting over the despatch box of how much they are making policies for men,” she concludes.

Beyond Westminster, presented by Anita Anand, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00 GMT on Saturday 7 January. You can also download the podcast after the programme is broadcast by clicking here.

You can read what some men’s campaigners around the UK have been saying about this issue and add your own thoughts by clicking on the link here – Are There Any Votes In Men’s Issues.



Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

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2 comments on “MPs won’t talk about ‘men’s issues’ says BBC politics reporter
  1. […] read more about the Beyond Westminster programme on “the men’s vote” click here now. Advertisement LD_AddCustomAttr("AdOpt", "1"); LD_AddCustomAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  2. ozwriter says:

    The politicians won’t stand up to the Feminists because no-one will back ’em. Why bother? Going out on a limb like that would cost them votes, not get them votes.

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