Loose Women panelist Janet Street-Porter has expressed her views on how more women in Cabinet could have positively impacted the way in which nationwide lockdown was established across England.
During Tuesday morning’s edition of the ITV talk show, Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan, Brenda Edwards and Janet took part in a discussion about the new lockdown rules announced by Boris Johnson during his address last night.
Janet, 74, began by stating that while she is ‘pleased’ the country has now been placed in lockdown, she wishes it had been put into effect two weeks before Christmas.
Describing the tier system as ‘confusing’, the broadcaster said that she believes it would have been beneficial for a ‘simple message’ to be issued that everyone could have followed.
She then opined that had there been more women in Cabinet, ‘there might be more reflection’ about how lockdown affects members of the public.
‘I just wish, if the Cabinet had been – I know this might sound sexist – but if there had been more women in the Cabinet instead of being mostly men of a certain age, if it was more evenly balanced between the sexes, there might be more reflection about how you actually manage in a lockdown,’ she said.
‘Because after all it is women that are now going to bear the brunt of shopping, running the house, homeschooling and trying to hold down a job at the same time.’
Coleen added that when the new lockdown was announced, she felt ‘really down’.
‘However, when they said, “Ok, we are now in full lockdown,” I was actually relieved, because I was so confused with the tier system, I think most people were,’ she said.
‘There was a part of me that thought, “Good, we’re all on the same level, we all know we’re in lockdown, we’ve all got the same rules.” So it was a relief, actually, for me.’
On Tuesday, Cabinet minister Michael Gove cautioned that some lockdown restrictions could remain in place until the end of March.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: ‘What we will be doing is everything we can to make sure that as many people as possible are vaccinated so we can begin progressively to lift restrictions.
‘I think it’s right to say that as we enter March we should be able to lift some of these restrictions but not necessarily all.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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