On International Women's Day, Priti Patel just came up with another terrible Brexit analogy

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Tuesday 08 March 2016 11:20
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MP for Witham Priti Patel is one of the leading lights of the Leave EU campaign.

Last week she gave her fellow Brexiters a headache by riffing off David Cameron's robotic repetition of the line that leaving the EU is a "leap in the dark" by taking the metaphor to its totally unnecessary conclusion:

A vote to leave is not 'a leap in the dark'— it is a leap from a ship heading, like the Titanic, towards a huge iceberg.

Because jumping off the Titanic ended really well.

On Tuesday - International Women's Day - Patel will follow up by giving a speech in which she is expected to say women who campaign for an Out vote, "fighting for our democratic freedom", are like... the Suffragettes:

As a Suffragette, [Emmeline] Pankhurst fought for the rights of women to have a vote, a voice and a say in how their society is governed and who governs it.

In many ways, Women for Britain are fighting for the same cause. The suffragettes fought for our democratic freedom. Now we are the ones who must fight to protect it.

Female political heavyweights like Pankhurst, Margaret Thatcher and Nancy Astor, the first ever female MP, would not have "surrendered to the EU's undemocratic institutions", she will say.

Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes did not fight to have the right to vote on who governs them, only to then see those decisions surrendered to the EU’s undemocratic institutions and political elite.

Our campaign to take back control from the EU will enhance our democracy and empower women in this country.

Funny, then, that Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton, has written for the Huffington Post today that women's "hard-won rights and freedoms will be at risk" if we leave the EU.

Every woman who has taken maternity leave, benefited from anti-discrimination laws, or got a job created by doing business on the continent has the EU to thank, at least in part.

It is this that should be at the forefront of our minds - not just on International Women's Day, but on every day from now until 23 June.

Polls show that up to a quarter of British women are still undecided about how they'll vote in June's referendum - about twice as many as men.

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