CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has sparked a sexism storm by saying driving trains is now so easy “even” a woman can do it.
He made the remark in front of the whole Cabinet — shocking female colleagues, including the PM.
It led to a withering slap-down from Theresa May.
Pauline Cawood, 53, a train driver for more than 20 years, said: “It’s an old-fashioned, sexist comment. He ought to be ashamed of himself.”
She added: “Women are just as capable as men at driving trains. What’s that man been doing for the past 50-odd years?
“Probably sat in a gentleman’s club smoking cigars and drinking whisky.”
Mr Hammond’s comment on Tuesday during a discussion about rail strikes is revealed by political commentator James Forsyth in his column in The Sun today.
Moaning about the stranglehold unions have on picking train staff, the Chancellor, 61, asked why it is so rare to see female train drivers.
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