Scotland Beats England in Race to Get More Women on Bank Notes

By Gary Cutlack on at

What happened to the idea of putting more women on the English bank notes? The votes are in for the new face of the English £20, and it's another man – some old painter and decorator called J.M.W. Turner.

Despite being announced last week, the new polymer English £20 featuring Turner won't appear until 2020, with the current Bank of England governor saying: "Turner is perhaps the single most influential British artist of all time. His work was transformative, bridging the classical and modern worlds. His influence spanned his lifetime and is still apparent today. Turner bequeathed this painting to the nation, an example of his important contribution to British society."

There's better news for ladies north of the border, where RBS, one of the makers of Scotland's much more varied array of bank notes, has revealed that it's to use the likeness of poet Nan Shepherd on the new £5 notes to be introduced later this year, who joins fellow woman and scientist Mary Somerville -- RBS' forthcoming £10 bearer.

Perhaps it's deemed OK because they're the smaller denomination notes, and women are allowed to be trusted with those in their little purses? But when it comes to the £20s, that's serious man only business money. Or is it sexism? Or were there loads more famous men through history because that's how it was, so the money should reflect that?

Or should we put it to the public vote and let loads of idiots on the internet get Dannii Minogue on the English notes? [BofEBBC]

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