WATCH: Mary Creagh responds to Philip Hammond calling her ‘hysterical’ in the Commons

'That is the sort of language that would not be used had I been a man.'

 

‘I would urge her not to be hysterical about these things,’ Philip Hammond said of Labour’s Mary Creagh in the Commons today, responding to a perfectly rational question about businesses relocating to Ireland post-Brexit.

Creagh raised the issue in a point of order a few moments later, asking for a ruling from the chair on ‘this sort of sexist language, used to diminish women who make a perfectly reasonable point’.

She continued:

“That is the sort of language that would not be used had I been a man. My question on the registration of companies in Ireland had nothing to do with the condition of my womb travelling to my head, as is the traditional hysterics rhetoric. I would expect that sort of language from the sketchwriters of the Daily Mail, not from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.”

In response Hammond non-apologised, saying that ‘if my comments caused the Honorable Lady offence, I of course withdraw them unreservedly.’

But he prefaced that by insisting that:

“I, of course, did not accuse the honorable lady of being hysterical, I urged her not to be hysterical.”

Well that’s okay then. In fact, Creagh should really have welcomed the chancellor’ kind advice. After all, where would women be without men reminding them of the ever-present risk of their becoming hysterical?

6 Responses to “WATCH: Mary Creagh responds to Philip Hammond calling her ‘hysterical’ in the Commons”

  1. Alex from Carlisle

    Getting butthurt over every perceived slight and spending your time moaning about it is truly worthy of parliament’s time.

    I suppose we should cut the MP for Wakefield some slack though. She’ll be out of a job as soon as the next election comes round, and she knows it too.

  2. Ewan from Swansea

    I of course would not accuse the right honourable gentleman of being sexist. I merely urge him not to be sexist.

    (have used the word ‘sexist’ as more appropriate descriptions of him would not be approved by the moderator)

  3. Will

    I of course would not accuse the right honourable gentleman of being God. I merely urge him not to be so superior.
    A difficult one for him though.

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  6. Maria Brenton

    I was disappointed in the Speaker. I’d have expected him to get Mary Creagh’s point and admonish Philip Hammond. Of course Hammond would not have said that to a man. It’s along the lines of Cameron’s ‘Calm down dear!’ Life is difficult enough for women MPs without Hammond adding to it.

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