Children's favourite Thomas the Tank Engine has been attacked by a Canadian academic [Shauna Wilton] for its "conservative political ideology" and failure to adequately represent women.Still have doubts this dame has too much time on her hands? Doubt no more.
The show's right-wing politics shows the colourful steam engines punished if they show initiative or oppose change, the researcher found.
She also highlighted the class divide which sees the downtrodden workers in the form of Thomas and his friends at the bottom of the social ladder and the wealthy Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, at the top.
She then analysed the plots, characters and other aspects of 23 different episodes to draw her conclusions, which she then presented at a conference of political science in Canada.
Oppressor of women and right-wing conspirator