I’m not a football fan. I am a trade unionist.
The Professional Footballers’ Association is the world’s oldest professional sport trade union. it is affiliated with the Trades Union Congress and the federation for specialist unions, the GFTU: internationally with the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels, aka the World Players’ Union.
Ched Evans, who played for Sheffield United F.C. was a member of the PFA. (Whether he still is, I don’t know.)
For International Women’s Day the BBC have decided to have an all-women panel for BBC Question Time.
(Just kidding. The real panel is the usual Bullingdon Boy plus an Eric, two Wills, with Caroline Flint and Janice Atkinson-Small. But let’s pretend we live in a world where the BBC wants to act like it cares.)
So in that alternate universe, David Dimbleby stepped down for International Women’s Day and was replaced by Christine Burns.
On the panel tonight is Theresa May, Conservative MP for Maidenhead and Home Secretary and Minister for Women & Equality; Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Jo Brand, comedian, national treasure and cake fan; Janice Atkinson-Small, UKIP communications director of Women On and contributor to the Daily Mail; and Frances O’Grady, the TUC Deputy General Secretary.
Live-blogging this special International Women’s Day panel for BBC Question Time begins at 10:35.