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Female Suffrage and False History

Well, it’s 100 years since the Representation of the People Act which, as everyone knows, gave women in the UK the right to vote.

That, at least, is what we’ve been told today by a succession of commentators, journalists, politicians and “personalities”.

Actually, a few women did have limited voting rights before 1918, and even in 1918 the eight million who were given the right to vote were only those who were 30 and passed the property qualification.

Five million men also gained the right to vote in 1918.

Women were allowed to vote on the same basis as men in 1928.

The question, of course, is was it all worth it?

Universal suffrage seems like a good idea but I’m still waiting to see it do something good. In 1918 we had war, pandemics and social injustice. In 2018 we have wars, pandemics and social injustice. We also have Brexit, postal voting and electoral fraud.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?