Julia Gillard tells opposition leader: calling me a bitch shows you're a misogynist

The Australian PM is angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry.

Via Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider, this video of Julia Gillard attacking her opposite number, Tony Abbott, for his repeated misogynistic comments is worth watching. If for no other reason than the serious schadenfreude of seeing him shrink into his chair. Gillard does rather bury the lede, though – her first few attacks fall a bit flat, but keep watching til around 3:30 and she really starts to get serious:

The background to the video is the opportunistic motion Abbott's party put before the House of Commons attacking the Speaker of the House for sending lewd text messages, which it called "misogynistic and sexist". As Gillard makes abundantly clear, those in glass houses should not throw stones.

Gillard's strongest hit comes from 3:30:

I was offended too by the sexism, by the misogyny, of the leader of the opposition catcalling across this table, at me as I sit here as Prime Minister, "if the Prime Minister wants to, politically speaking, make an honest woman of herself". Something that would never have been said to any man sitting in this chair.

I was offended when the leader of the opposition went outside in the front of Parliament and stood in front of a sign that said "ditch the witch".

I was offended when the leader of the opposition stood next to a sign that described me as a man's "bitch".

I was offended by those things. Misogyny. Sexism. Every day from the leader of the opposition.

Julia Gillard. Photograph: Getty Images

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Nigel Farage: welcoming refugees will lead to "migrant tide" of jihadists

Ukip's leader Nigel Farage claims that housing refugees will allow Isis to smuggle in "jihadists".

Nigel Farage has warned that granting sanctuary to refugees could result in Britain being influenced by Isis. 

In remarks that were immediately condemned online, the Ukip leader said "When ISIS say they will flood the migrant tide with 500,000 of their own jihadists, we'd better listen", before saying that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had done something "very dangerous" in attempting to host refugees, saying that she was "compounding the pull factors" that lead migrants to attempt the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

Farage, who has four children, said that as a father, he was "horrified" by the photographs of small children drowned on a European beach, but said housing more refugees would simply make the problem worse. 

The Ukip leader, who failed for the fifth successive occassion to be elected as an MP in May, said he welcomed the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn victory, describing it as a "good result". Corbyn is more sceptical about the European Union than his rivals for the Labour leadership, which Farage believes will provide the nascent Out campaign with a boost. 


Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.