23/08/2015 07:21 BST | Updated 23/08/2015 08:59 BST

Charles Moore's Spectator Article On Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall Is All Kinds Of Sexist

The Spectator

The Spectator have seen fit to publish an article that appears to have been written in the 1950s.

Charles Moore - the former editor of the publication - has written a piece that asks: "Have Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall got the right look to win a leadership contest?"

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The first line sets the tone for the piece by saying: "A hidden reason for Mrs Thatcher’s victory in 1975 was that lots of older Tory backbenchers fancied her.

Moore adds: "On the other hand, there is an understanding that no leader — especially, despite the age of equality, a woman — can look grotesque on television and win a general election."

And it gets worse.

Speaking about Cooper he writes: "So what are the right looks? Possibly Ms Cooper has them — there is something quite appealing about her slightly French crop and black and white dresses, especially when she is being so boring that one looks rather than listens."

And then it's Kendell's turn...

He writes: "Ms Kendall looks like a nice person, but not in a distinctive way. I sense that the right woman leader to win a general election for Labour today would conform to one of two physical types.

"She would either be a more lower-middle-class version of Clare Balding — reassuring, competent, well-rounded, possibly lesbian — or more provocative and sassy, like the wonderful one with a strong northern accent whose name I have forgotten who talks about money and business on BBC Breakfast."

Cooper and Kendell are currently locked in a battle for the Labour leadership but Jeremy Corbyn is the current frontrunner.