... close down a national institution.
Thomas the Tank Engine has been blamed for a lack of women train drivers by the shadow transport secretary. Mary Creagh said it was a ‘national scandal’ that there were so few women drivers on the railways, and, apparently, the popular children’s story was partly to blame.
She said all the main characters in the original books – published in the 1940s – are male, and the only female characters are an ‘annoyance, a nuisance and in some cases a danger’ to the railway. I didn't know that the Reverend W. Awdry, forgot he was meant to serve as one of Labour’s agents of social change when he wrote his stories all those years ago.
This is rather emblematic of Labour and socialism. It can’t stop meddling with things that really shouldn’t concern it – even children’s stories.
What about Mrs Kyndley, Annie, and Clarabel?
HIT entertainment introduced a principle character named Emily, another steam engine, was introduced to the Thomas & Friends series, which aired on Channel 5, in 2003.