I think it's the principal canarieslover is getting at. If the suggestion was to only allow white males, (the most discriminated against yet most privileged members of society), to apply for a role there would outrage.
Why should it be 50-50 surly the best person for the job should get it.I don't think the sex or colour of the candidate should come into it. It could be a vote loser but I am sure it was not that long ago when labour spokesman came out with the same comment.
Labour already uses all-women shortlists despite opposition in some areas.
Mr Brown was previously accused of sexism by former housing minister Caroline Flint, who quit the government in June, saying he was running a "two-tier" Cabinet where women were treated as "window dressing".