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current woman gender issue and resolute for 2018 and beyond (part one): spiritual issue and true worth

matthew 12:4850A current woman gender issue. Here is a Q and A based on a gender-struggle interview between two women. For convenience and without hidden meanings, the randomly picked alphabets Q and P are used.
Q: sister, what is your goal for women for 2018 and beyond?
P: well, I would like to see more women in powerful and fearless position.
Q: please define power.
P: I mean more influential and not be brushed aside or portrayed as second class citizen.
Q: where in particular?
P: I mean in governments, politics, professions, education institutions, employments, corporations, organizations, various fields of human activities, societies and communities, churches, all other religions, people groups, developed nations, third world, families, clans, clubs, mass media etc.
Q: given such a vast global goal, how do you think you can achieve it?
P: well, I haven’t thought about the action part. But I can sign petitions, join protests marches and make some noises and other related actions on the street and make life as difficult as possible for men.
Q: don’t you realize when you disrupt the law and order of the land you will adversely affect not just men but also other women, children and people old and young? Do you know the implication to the whole economy?
P: well, to achieve my goal I don’t care about the means and side effects.
Q: ok. what do you think will be the adversed consequences to yourself?
P: o, I haven’t thought of that yet. I suppose in a modern civil developed law abiding society I will be at worst arrested/imprisoned or at best sacked by my employer or avoided by my neighbors. My family too may be adversely affected and lose their peace, good relations with others and perhaps employment opportunities too. All occupations and employments require good relations between all involved in the economic chain, for example, suppliers and consumers, workers and management vertically and horizontally. Most people are not fools. They can foresee trouble and stay a mile away.
Q: what if there will be no free lunches anymore for every inhabitant on earth and your disruptive action causes a loss of employment for you and the breadwinner of your household? Are you prepared to starve yourself and your family for your philosophical cause?
P: well, I have not thought that far. After all right now some people can live in a modern developed civil lawful democratic (through electoral process) society without working. I mean without working on producing anything of value in the economic chain. But I do not want my family to do that.
Q: I commend you for honesty. Let’s examine your goal again. what is your ultimate goal?
P: I just want to be free from fear of being ostracized as a woman.
Q: Are you being ostracized in our modern developed society?
P: Not exactly.
Q: Are other women being ostracized because they are gender women? Please be specific.
P: Well, men don’t say it but in their mind we are inferior. But they need us for their use.
Q: So your issue is about worth. Are you inferior?
P: No, I certainly am not!
Q: Which mind counts most when it comes to assessing your worth? Yours or another person’s mind? Who has the final say about a person’s worth?
P: Well, I believe the final say has to be from God. I know I am precious in God’s eyes.
Q: Would you like to change place with a man who doesn’t think so?
P: Of course not.
Q: When God says women are precious and of great worth in His sight, who can ostracize you and say you are of less worth?
P: No one.
Q: Do you honestly think by going into the street etc. as aforementioned will help you become a gender of more worth?
P: No. I don’t believe so.
Q: Do you honestly think that men do not know the true worth of women?
P: No. I know many appreciate us being women. And I personally know of men who genuinely love and respect women as human of worth. Many Christian men believe in women’s equally precious worth in the sight of God. God-fearing family men of integrity show love and respect to their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters.
Q: Then do you still want to starve yourself and family and possibly harm other families’ wellbeing in the nation in which you are a citizen/resident without the issue of getting recognition of your worth as a woman?
P: No, I do not think the issue is relevant now.
Q: What can you do to help other women to know their true worth?
P: I can start by teaching my own little daughter she is of an intrinsic worth that her Creator-God has given and no one (no woman or man or any system) can take away from her.
Q: I agree to that. Where can you find the proof?
P: I can find them in the Bible verses and the life of Jesus who shows us what God thinks of us. I can also share with her all the goodness I have encountered in my life. I will make this my 2018 and beyond goal!
Q: I believe God’s favor is on you. Thank you sister for this interview.
P. Amen. Thank you sister.

Notes about Jesus and His followers:
Jesus treated women kindly and with mercy and grace. He had many women followers from different walks of life. They supported Him and His disciples financially, followed Him faithfully during His ministry even to the cross, and many became His disciples. In the book of Acts we continue to read of women disciples who became influential church planters/leaders. Please read the Gospels and the Scriptures. The following are some of the passages. There are many more New Testament examples in the apostles’ letters to the churches. For those interested in women’s roles and God’s recognition of their worth in the Old Testament, please read my earlier blogs of such records in the Bible. Be pleasantly surprised!
Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41, Mark 16:1, John 19:25, Luke 23:55-56, 24:9-10, Luke 8:1-3, Acts 13:30-31, Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 10:42, John 20:16, Acts 1:13-14.

Some interesting and important statistics for men to ponder on:

Women are scarce. In 2015 there were 66 million men without women on this planet. As of the World Population Clock counting at this moment in 2018, 49.6% of the world population are female.

“Left to nature alone, the population on earth would be give or take 50% men and 50% women, according to what’s become known as Fisher’s Principle. The fact that women generally live longer is compensated by the fact of more boys being born than girls (107 boys per 100 girls in 2013).”

“In 2015, men outnumbered women on the planet by more than 66 million, according to the World Bank. What makes this possible, even though a majority of countries have more women than men, is the fact that the most populous countries in the world are also highly imbalanced: India has 48 million more men than women, China nearly 42 million, accounting for 75% of the male surplus worldwide.”

“Highly developed countries tend to have more women in their population. Thirteen of the top 15 countries in the Human Development Index (which measures health, education and prosperity) and 29 of 31 “high-income OECD states” (as defined by the World Bank) have a female population above 50%.”

(Statistics quoted from internet source: https://qz.com/335183/heres-why-men-on-earth-outnumber-women-by-60-million/)

Here is a very important set of statistics about gender differences that can impact the change of who will be elected for power in USA:
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN VOTER TURNOUT
In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men.
Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections.
VOTER TURNOUT IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion of eligible female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of eligible male adults who voted. …The number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential election since 1964 (see Figure 2)…
(Please read the whole article at: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/resources/genderdiff.pdf)

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a friend not weathered

a friend not Weathered.


We have a friend who is a friend to many travelers. She is about six (42 years old in human term). She lives alone guarding her absentee master’s house. Sometimes some visitors stay longer and become her friends. A few become her family. When we hear her making strange sounds at the gate we know one of her family members has come to visit and is parking a car nearby. often she comes to the side door and speaks politely and invites one person to go play in the park outside. When we are too engrossed in our own conversation she gets a bit concerned and would knock loudly to drown out our noises. we have some relatives who come but spend their whole time outside playing with this very hospital and friendly family member who has been waiting for this moment for days or perhaps weeks. One of my nieces does that. she will let her mom get inside to talk to others and she herself stays outside to play with the lonely dog who is elated at such focused attention.

a bit of kind attention makes her very happy. i must of course warn that she is untrained. she does not obey any command. some of us use the word, “sit” and some use the word “inside” (meaning to sit inside a cage). the trouble is that in a park during the current weather there is hardly any dry patch to sit on. during the last makeover of the house her old cage was given away too. so both commands no longer apply these days.

those in the grand (age group) category adopt the strategy of let it be. just let this little friend run wild. but you need to carry a leash (without tying her) to pretend that you are in control in case anyone complains. why can’t you tie her to your leash as the law requires? because you just cannot out run her. you also need to prepare a bowl of food to lure her inside your gate once you get too tired to continue your park presence.

for those who ask, yes, she is just a mongrel puppy abandoned by someone at the door step of a church. no, she is well looked after and is running strong. she is not weathered. in many ways she is a faithful friend because she does not forget anyone who has lived here even after a prolonged absence for many months. how do we know? she just makes a specific endearing sound to address you when you return. in fact she announces to the neighborhood as you park your car outside. so those inside the house always know who is coming.

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an evanescent rose: random perspective

evanescent roseAn Evanescent  rose. I took this picture in late November 2015 at Santa Cruz, CA. I have a soft spot for roses. Is it because of their beauty despite the thorns? Or should I rephrase my question to, is it because of their beauty in having the thorns? I believe there are two perspectives. One can view the thorns as encumbrances. Another may view the thorns as added advantages. I like to think that the thorns of a rose demonstrate the strength of an otherwise seemingly fragile looking flower. I do not like to liken a rose to a woman or vice versa. But if anyone ever thinks of a woman as a rose, please also think of the thorns, that is, the inherent strength of a woman. No, women are not the weaker ones.

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The woman movement and God, a testimony: my self-esteem which the world cannot touch

romans-122Some women are very angry. They decide to take matters into their own hands and walk down the street to make their voices heard. I know how it hurts or infuriates oneself when one feels that others are not listening, or worse, perhaps mocking or scoffing in their hearts. It hurts to be considered and treated as a second best or third best or not even a human who matters (in some societies). Gender, age, color, race, looks, nationality. All these matter to the physical world. Discrimination means her physical rights and entitlement are taken away from her because of her age, gender, looks, race, color or nationality (even if she has the right color, race, or looks). Indeed, in the fallen world, all men are not born equal. This is not a new issue. Some women may not know this, gender men are not born equal too. Have things improved since the beginning of mankind?  Which is preferred: honesty or hypocrisy? You want an honest opinion and attitude from the heart or you just make do with the superficial legal mandatory physical (material) recognition from fellow citizens in the society? For practical living, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, both are essential.

Do women need to fight for their rights? Can our words and actions change others’ ways of thinking and the generic hearts of mankind? This is the current topic of debate since woman suffrage movement which actually began in 1848, when the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, USA. The outstanding (unfinished) issue (in USA) is 169 years old. In this blog dedicated to women I have previously put together many Biblical examples of women in the Bible and how God (the Holy Spirit) viewed them and spoke positively of them and their lives. There are many evidences to show that God has never discriminated against women. The discriminations that some women have encountered past and present in some societies or people groups individually and/or as a group are not from God. Just as the many disasters and bad happenings in this fallen world are not from God but from irresponsible and selfish mankind, bad things that have happened or are still happening to women are from selfish man (mankind) and not God.

We know from history that human laws can be enacted in civil societies. But people’s hearts and attitudes  do not simply change. Mind-set only changes through life transforming encounters in one’s own life. Physical changes are possible but not the heart matters. I learned superficially since young the differences between man and woman, for example, what to do or not to do, where to go or not to go, mainly based on physical abilities and social acceptability and responsibility. I also noted that in cases when the man of the family was unable to carry out his assigned responsibility as the head/bread-earner of the family, the woman stepped in effectively and assumed the responsibility without much debate. It was natural and automatic. She would go out and get a job and supported her children (and husband) when needed. Many women changed their dominant role as housewife to that of a business entrepreneur or corporate executive. Some excelled and became highly respected authoritative professionals in specialized fields traditionally dominated by men, just as some men excelled in fields traditionally dominated by women. Changes through interchanges of physical tasks are not difficult.

The increasing progresses in opening of the education and employment venues to women have contributed to further economic and social advances and material wellbeing of women. On the other hand, there are many records of materially successful self-made women, without the aforementioned institutionalized advantages or privileges. How can this be? This is not new. The Bible recorded many successful godly women in different influential fields: political, military, economic, social and even religious (by being prophets)!

On the other hand, we all know that mankind’s nature has not changed since the existence of history. We can only carry what we are able to carry in true integrity, at the level which each of us is assigned according to the ability each has. Some human has more endowments in certain areas and resources. Some have less. Some resources are gender-related but not all are.

Coming back to how to make people change their mind (attitude and intrinsic value system) about looking down on women or a human because of his or color or race or nationality, I have no answer. I would say that though gender (and many other discriminative) issues seemed important to me once, I do not now consider it a matter that warrants dispute. For example, if you think that being a white woman and treated as a second class citizen in your white country is unfair, try being born as a person without a definite clear gender or being born of a color and race of a country which the world’s popular mass media (which have and still are shaping world view of the world’s population) have traditionally looked down upon. Try being one of those stereotyped caricatured oriental characters in your movies. Indeed, the white culture has been popularized and upheld by many in the global entertainment and game industries which no longer have any boundaries.

My answer to the unfairness of this world is to have an esteem which the world cannot touch. I know my God is real. I have encountered Him. I submit to His words. I also know from my experience that man’s words cannot really change people. The real transformation can only take place just as the very learned and intelligent man, the Apostle Paul, said, “by the renewal of our mind.” The transformation of our mind is the key to knowing God. God has said that we can be joined to Him and one spirit with Him! (1 Corinthians 6:17) In our spirit we can access the real answers to our many questions the world cannot answer. I cannot explain to you how my own mind had been changed. I can only witness to you that you will agree and say Amen when yours too are changed by the renewal of God’s words (with His Spirit). I also urge you to seek to know God now so you know His purpose for you on earth. Life is set in time. Believe me, time does not wait for a person no matter how busy or important you may consider the other matters you are pursuing are.

James 1:20, says that the wrath of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God. Regardless of how appropriate our anger may seem, and regardless of how we think our wrath could make a person or situation change, we will never achieve God’s best that way.

Paul actually said this two thousand years ago, Romans 12:1-2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 [a]Therefore I urge you, [b]brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

Footnotes:
Romans 12:1 Paul now begins outlining for the believer the practical application of the theological truths taught in chs 1-11.
Romans 12:1 Lit brethren.
Romans 12:2 From the Greek word meaning “metamorphosis.” Refers to the process that leads to an outward, permanent change.

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a decorative path of love

path-decorative-caThe 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. The residents had been working on this project since January of 2003. It was inspired by the famous stairs in Rio De Janero, these steps were meticulously created over a summer to build a beautiful walkway for the whole city to enjoy. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher led the creation of the 163 mosaic panels that were applied to the step risers, over 300 neighbors joined us in making them, and over 220 neighbors sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles imbedded within the mosaic.

To get to the Mosaic Steps you would take the bus from Golden Gate Park (about 15 minutes away) and then get off around 16th avenue. Approaching from 16th avenue you can immediately see the Mosaic Steps as they ascend to Grand View Park. After walking up the two blocks of steep streets (like everything in San Francisco) you will reach the base of the steps.

Are steps up the slope considered a Path ?

Enjoy climbing the decorative path, which may be viewed as a labor of love from a group of neighborly people. Their labor is not in vain.

Luke 10:29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Luke 10:36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

Matthew 22:37-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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a reflected tree in a tropical aquarium

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reflected tree n skyThis picture was taken in December 2014 at a tropical aquarium. It was a day trip with a young and energetic enthusiast for fish and marine lives. It was a clear day and this pond was outside the aquarium. The reflection mirrored the trees and the sky above quite well despite the shallow pond. what I like is the way the reflection blends with the fish and the rocky floor beneath the water. The picture becomes somewhat like a painting not by man’s hands.

p/s: I have recently been told that the aquarium will be closed and the creatures relocated to somewhere else if any. A sad story. It does reflect the real life and its uncertainty, even to the fishes.

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a fifty percent attempt

Fiftyfifty percent speaks “Fifty” is a 2015 Nigerian romantic drama film released on December 18, 2015. Fifty captures few pivotal days of four women at the pinnacle of their careers. “FIFTY – The Movie” in New Zealand follows Mal Law’s bold attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days, all around New Zealand, in order to raise an enormous amount of money for the Mental Health Foundation. “FIFTY – The Movie will inspire the armchair athlete in all of us to think outside the box, push boundaries and think what if?” (I searched the internet and found these two movies with the name, “fifty”. I have not watched them. They sound interesting just by looking at the title.)

Coming back to my own fifty interpretation. This blog was first started on 2013/9/30. On 2016/4/30 I renamed this blog. In naming this blog fifty percent perspective I tried to focus the goal of this writing on giving voice to the less heard fifty percent of the human race, i.e. the woman. I consider that a healthy, practical, sustainable intimate relationship between a man and a woman only manifests where there is true equality. This means mutual acceptance and respect in words and in deeds. This calls for an acknowledgement of the validity of the other fifty percent and giving her/him an equal value in the equilibrium of life together. In particular, I place an importance on the right and manifestation of right to speak/communicate. I admit that in some situations it is the man who becomes the less heard fifty percent. So my goal is not confined to voicing for a woman. If a man considers himself a fifty percent which is not being given a voice he may be included in this blog’s fifty percent perspective too. To me, being human means being given the right to speak and the voice to be heard.
(https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/fifty-percent/)

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women not want to be women? (6): WWIII scenario

WWIILet us imagine an imminent World War III looming in the near distant future. If we have a woman as the supreme national commander of a great military power in the world to war against another great military power in the world run by a male strongman, whom do you think will have the upper hand? I leave each reader to ponder seriously on this point, which will determine the life and death of every citizen regardless of gender, race, class, ideologies, religions or whatever we may think matter.  Whom do you think will have the caliber to stand up for you in a matter concerning life and death? 

Coming back to one Question I raised for women in my previous blog, “Do women still need men?” In that article I mentioned two traditional male roles: economic and military. The military role is still a key issue in the world, that is, men are needed to fight wars. The last two world wars had demonstrated that men contributed significantly in terms of the number of soldiers who died for their respective nations. Admittedly today’s war equipments/weapons are highly sophisticated and technologically advanced., and a few privileged women may be as effective as men in operating them. In years to come, some women may even use expensive robotics and artificial intelligence to make up for physical disadvantages. But no nation will be foolish enough not to use less costly and more readily available male resources unless there is no option. I have yet to read of any scientific study on comparative advantages of women over men in terms of commanding and operating a real technologically advanced world war. In hand to hand combat over difficult terrain, using brute strength, I would think that an average man has an edge over an average woman. A good example of such physical and even strategic differences is in the sports arena.

Note: In a few previous blogs I may have sounded like a woman chauvinist. In this blog I may have sounded like a man chauvinist. I am neither. I am not speaking on behalf of any gender interest group. I just voice some personal thoughts as an ordinary human.

In summary, I brought out two issues to think about: the choice of the right national leader, and the predominance of male in war. 

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Do women still need men?

three cords hard to be brokenDo women need men? YES. Can women survive alone? NO. Look at the following staggering statistics on WWII. Most of the dead among the soldiers were men. They gave their lives for their respective nations. Can women ever replace men in a major war like this one? I would think the answer is no. Women cannot. Will there be a day when women run the world and become dictators so that there will be everlasting peace? All women know this is a ridiculous question. No woman shall survive if such a day should come. No matter how much I sympathize and empathize with many woman issues concerning inequality and oppression in many parts of the world, I would still claim that men must assume the God-given responsibility to work the land to produce and stand the ground to protect. Some women are capable to assume highly stressed (physically and or mentally)duties, but they may suffer a shorter life as a result. Are women being selfish to want men to continue doing their traditional roles? I would say it is not a matter of choice. It is more a matter of abilities and capabilities. Am I being discriminating and stereotyping? No. I do not speak from the viewpoint of any gender interest group. I speak as an average human and know what I can and cannot do.

I quote here an interesting and warning development on life expectancy between men and women:
“The gap in life expectancy between men and women has dropped to less than four years, official figures show.
Women have historically lived much longer than men, but that is changing as men give up heavy manual labour and more women take on the stress of work.
The ONS figures show that the difference in life expectancy has fallen sharply over the past 30 years.
A think tank said women are suffering ‘what were once male diseases’, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, as a result of ‘moving into roles that were once taken by men’.”
(Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474859/Life-expectancy-gap-men-women-narrows-years.html#ixzz4EXApEqjg)

WORLD WAR II STATISTICS by the Numbers
Number of Americans who served in World War II: 16.1 million
Average amount of time each U.S. military serviceman served overseas during World War II: 16 months

Estimated number of people serving in World War II worldwide: 1.9 billion
Estimated number of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines killed in battle during World War II: 292,000
… of U.S. troops who perished outside of battle during World War II: 114,000
… of U.S. troops wounded during World War II: 672,000
… of deaths, in total, sustained by U.S. forces during World War II: 405,000
… of U.S. military deaths as a percent of the total United States population: 0.4%

Estimated number of deaths sustained worldwide during World War II: 72 million

Estimated total number of European Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust: 6 million
Estimated number of German Jews killed in the Holocaust: 125,000
Estimated number of Polish Jews killed in the Holocaust: 3 million

Estimated number of deaths sustained by Polish military forces during World War II: 123,000
… by French military forces during World War II: 213,000
… by British military forces: 373,000
… by Chinese military forces: 1.3 million
… by Japanese military forces: 1.3 million
… by German military forces: 3.5 million
… by Russian military forces: 11 million

Estimated number of British civilians killed during World War II: 93,000
… of French civilians killed during World War II: 350,000
… of Japanese civilians killed: 672,000
… of German civilians killed: 780,000
… of Polish civilians killed: 5.7 million
… of Russian civilians killed: 7 million

(above taken from: http://www.shmoop.com/wwii/statistics.html)

I quote below some verses from the Bible. Both men and women are included in these passages of importance: hearing and believing the words of God, being baptized, and living to ripe old age together in peace and without fear of war anymore. 

So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.

Acts 5:14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

Acts 8:12But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

Acts 17:12Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Zechariah 8:4“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of great age.

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continue to watch this woman of finance

Andrea_Leadsom2_3601479b-large_trans++pJliwavx4coWFCaEkEsb3kvxIt-lGGWCWqwLa_RXJU8“I decided I was going to be an MP when I was 13,” Andrea Leadsom reveals. It was the mid-1970s. Industrial strife, blackouts and a weak economy had earned Britain the unwanted label of “the sick man of Europe”.

Her political conversion came less from Britain’s post-War decline than the Cold War and what she describes as her feeling of “absolute terror” at the threat of a nuclear conflict.

“I thought, if I go and become and MP I can save the world from a nuclear holocaust,” she says.

Forty years later, Mrs Leadsom finds herself at the heart of a government confronting a new kind of terror: the threat from jihadists who have attacked Europe 14 times in the past 14 months.

“Getting rid of internal borders without properly policing external borders has proven to be a huge risk” Andrea Leadsom

As the horror of the Brussels attacks unfolded, Mrs Leadsom was confirmed in her own conviction that Britain would be safer outside the European Union. Now she is campaigning in the referendum to convince the public to vote to leave.

“It is a terrible thing to have to consider it in that context,” she says. “We can’t use this disaster in Brussels to make the case for ‘Brexit’. It is devastating. But I fear being in the EU does make a difference to the risks to our own citizens.”
In an interview with The Telegraph, the Energy Minister reveals why she believes it is time for Britain to leave the EU. She dismantles the “silly” scaremongering from the likes of the Prime Minister and his allies about the risks of leaving; sets out her vision for a “brilliant” future for Britain as an unshackled trading nation; and urges mothers to vote to leave in the referendum in June for their children and grandchildren – who may never have this chance again.

Yet uppermost in her mind in the wake of the Brussels bombings is the security threat to Britain that she fears will only grow as a result of Europe’s policy of mass migration. The “madness of open borders” within the EU’s free travel zone is “incredibly dangerous” and will put the UK in greater peril, she says.

“Getting rid of internal borders without properly policing external borders has proven to be a huge risk.” Monitoring the movements of individuals across Europe has become fraught with challenges, she says. “Having a European passport – as it appears a number of terrorists do have – is actually making things even more difficult.”
Her opponents – including David Cameron – have warned that Britain’s ability to share intelligence with other EU countries and tackle extremists would be undermined by Brexit.

Mrs Leadsom is careful to be polite about her colleagues but clearly disagrees.

“It is not the case that being out of the EU would prevent us from cooperating. In fact the moral and actual duty to cooperate – as we do with the United States – would remain.

“Would we lose anything from Brexit in terms of intelligence sharing? No. Would we gain anything in terms of national security? I am afraid I think the answer has to be Yes.”

For all her warnings, Mrs Leadsom, 52, is not a hard-hearted Right-winger with anti-migrant views. In fact, as a pro-business minister who grew up as the daughter of entrepreneurs, she understands that employers need to be able to recruit widely to fill the vacancies in the workforce.
And as a mother of three, who founded a charity to help infants and young families, Mrs Leadsom is also acutely conscious of the human tragedy unfolding in the refugee crisis on the shores of the Mediterranean.

“I absolutely feel for the migrants – families, mums with young children, unaccompanied children – they must be helped and we can’t turn our backs,” she warns.

She condemns the “horrible” solution proposed by Brussels to ease the impact of the migration crisis on the EU: sending refugees back to Turkey and in exchange allowing Turks visas to move to Europe.

Yet the impact of migration into the UK – which is close to record levels – also affects British families trying to use public services, she says.

“People trying to get their child into a local school, get a doctors’ appointment, trying to get housing, they are competing with what is already a huge wave of people coming to this country looking for work.

“We need workers to build our businesses but I have seen and I am concerned that in the last 10 years since this massive wave of EU migration, wages have been held down by the enormous amount of labour that has come to the country.”

According to the likes of Lord Rose, the former Marks & Spencer boss now leading the “In” campaign, Brexit would ruin businesses, wreck the economy, and cost millions of jobs.

Mrs Leadsom savages these arguments. “The Remain camp are using project fear and it’s very silly because so few of the claims really hold water. For example, saying we will lose three million jobs. That’s just blatant nonsense.”

Britain’s attractions for businesses will remain – the talent pool of highly trained recruits for the City; world-leading universities and scientists; high quality contract law; the English language; the UK’s time zone; and “the most creative and inventive financial centre in the world”.

She also dismisses claims by her boss at the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, the Energy Secretary, who warned in a speech last week that Brexit could put up energy bills and lead Russia to wreak chaos in the gas market.
“I really can’t see why bills would go up,” Mrs Leadsom says. Electricity is traded internationally on a commercial basis and “gas we get from around the world”, she says. “Our energy security is not dependent on the EU at all. It is rock solid.”

But her central point is that the core of the EU must move towards closer integration among the Eurozone countries, aligning economies as divergent as Greece and Germany – while Britain stands by and watches.

“We are not on the same path,” she says. “It’s not about being a little islander. There are huge opportunities from the rest of the world. We do not need to be handcuffed to the European Union.”

Mrs Leadsom seems to embody the entrepreneurial spirit that animates the free market strand of Tory thinking. After a 30 year career in the financial sector, she entered Parliament in 2010 as MP for the new constituency of South Northamptonshire.

Soon afterwards, while still a junior backbencher, she co-founded the Fresh Start Project, a Eurosceptic pressure group of MPs who wanted to overhaul the UK’s membership of the EU.

Now, despite being a busy minister, she has revived the group, which meets weekly and is drawing up a series of leaflets to set out “what Brexit could look like” for farmers, doctors, city traders, small business owners, and others.

“My mum raised us to believe the world does not owe you a living” Andrea Leadsom

As a dynamic senior Tory women and free market supporter, she inevitably attracts comparisons with Margaret Thatcher.

Where does Mrs Leadsom get her work ethic and her politics? After her parents – both entrepreneurs – divorced when she was four, her mother, Judy “worked all hours” to support the family in difficult circumstances. Four years later, she remarried and set up a furniture shop.

“My Mum raised us to believe the world does not owe you a living, nobody is going to help you out and you need to make your own way in life. She describes herself as a market trader and my step-dad is a bit of an armchair socialist.

“Over family dinners, the conversation always turned to politics. I instinctively thought my Mum was right because what you need in life is opportunity – and then you just have to work.”

Now, with what might be the only chance for a say over Britain’s future in Europe, Mrs Leadsom is working to convince mothers across Britain to think of their children, and grandchildren, when they vote in the referendum on June 23.

“I have three kids. Everything I do is for them. What are the opportunities they are going to have? I see increasingly shackles if we stay in an EU that is in decline, and I just see the moist fabulous opportunities, pushing down the drawbridges to the rest of the world. That is what I want for them.”

(Tim Ross 26 MARCH 2016 )