A week or two ago a new Shetland Facebook group calling itself Women for Remain the Same was set up meaning LUHA should continue to exclude women from parts of the festival.
In other words, this is a group created by women for the promotion of discrimination against women. The mind boggles.
WfRtS is however by no means unique, and I wonder if the group has been inspired by Mary Humphrey Ward?
In 1908 she became founding president of a group called The Anti-Suffrage League, whose aim was to deny women the vote – in other words, an organisation for the promotion of discrimination against women.
But that’s not all, here’s another striking parallel: In 2020 Women for Remain the Same claim to have 1,000 supporters, both men and women.
In 1909 The Anti-Suffrage League claimed to have 250,000 supporters, both men and women.
We all know what happened to the Anti-Suffrage League and history, they say, has a habit of repeating itself.