More on Chivalry

Do we need signs telling us to give up our seats on the tube for those who might need them more? Apparently, Ken Livingstone thinks so because he has launched a priority seating scheme that includes pregnant women. While I can appreciate some of the reasons why Livingstone thinks this might be necessary (i.e the tube isn’t exactly a hotbed of care and consideration for others), there also seems to be a rather discomforting whiff of chivalry present in some of the rhetoric surrounding the move.

I elaborated on this point when I took part in a debate on the Richard Bacon show last Thursday. You can still catch this debate online (about an hour and a half into the programme) if you go to the radio 5 website today.