Time to load the dice in favour of women

A couple of years ago, an official who worked with Mary O’Rourke when she was a cabinet minister told me how, at meetings, she usually made a point of addressing what was often the only other female present.

31st October, 2009

A couple of years ago, an official who worked with Mary O’Rourke when she was a cabinet minister told me how, at meetings, she usually made a point of addressing what was often the only other female present.

This sometimes caused slight bewilderment among the assembled (male) group, he said, and the female in question - perhaps taking notes - could appear bemused at the courtesy shown her.

But it was one of...

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