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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.