The Newells

The UK should copy the Australians, and set up an annual ‘awards’ ceremony to highlight sexism in the public eye, argues Cath Elliot over at Comment is Free today.

The Ernies take place at the New South Wales parliament building, and:

are bestowed on men (and some women) who have demonstrated outrageous sexism, are determined by the level of noise generated by the all-women audience, so booing, jeering, and foot-stamping are heartily encouraged

Why are Cath’s proposed awards for the UK are called the Newells?

I’m calling mine the Newell awards, in honour of the former Luton manager Mike Newell, who infamously said of assistant referee Amy Rayner: “She shouldn’t be here. I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist. This is not park football, so what are women doing here?” Read it and weep.

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