One of the world’s most influential golf clubs, the Royal and Ancient in St Andrews, is perpetuating sexual discrimination by refusing to admit women as members.
The former prime minister Gordon Brown said it was indefensible that the club, which until 2004 set the rules of the game worldwide, was still men-only after Augusta National, the most powerful club in the US, abandoned its ban on female members this week.
“If the golf club in Augusta can admit women, then shouldn’t St Andrews? If they can do it in South Carolina, can we not do it in Scotland?” Brown asked.
He made the comments at the Scottish parliament festival of politics in Edinburgh, where he spoke about the key role played by Scottish political and trades union leaders in championing social justice across the UK. “I think we have to think hard and long about issues of discrimination in our own country,” he said.