Featherstone “fighting the war on women”

Last week, Lynne Featherstone launched a new battle against the establishment when she wrote to the equality watchdog following the birth of Viscount Severn, son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

As LibDemVoice’s army of monarchists will be well aware, when the Hon James Windsor was born, he knocked his elder sister Lady Louise back to 9th in line to the throne, just as a generation before, his uncle Prince Andrew took his elder sister Princess Anne’s place in the line of succession.

This change in the line of succession is the first to happen since the Equalities Commission was formed so Lib Dem Equalities Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has written to them for a ruling, citing the step as a possible breach of sexual discrimination law through the recent enforcement of common law practice of male preference primogeniture in designating successors to the throne.

“This would appear to be a clear example of sexual discrimination gainst Lady Louise and an example of sexual discrimination taking place n a public institution,” she said.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour last week, she defended her actions against claims of frivolity:

To me, this is a glaring example right at the heart of British life that needs to be changed. There is an undisclosed war on women out there, and I’m fighting to free us.

The Woman’s Hour segment is still available as one of the BBC’s many podcasts. You can also find out more on Lynne’s own blog.

Alex Foster is not a constitutional expert and has only checked his Royal Family facts on Wikipedia. E&OE

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  • James Graham 19th Jan '08 - 9:59pm

    I don’t think it is “reactionary” to point out age discrimination – why is this a lesser issue than sex discrimination? We have legislation against age discrimination as well – in what way can the one be said to be a “lesser” law than the other?

  • Andrew Duffield 19th Jan '08 - 10:28pm

    How about race discrimination? I believe my own claim to the throne is likely to be disallowed as I am of English rather than German stock. Harold Godwinson must be rolling in his grave!

  • Andrew,

    Harold Godwinson was a Saxon, so also a German by your reasoning, maybe you should go for a descendant of Boudica or Owen Glendower.

    On the upside the Saxon nobilty did elect their kings, so you could leave it to our highest court, ironically the House of Lords to decide the succession


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