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"No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age"

Equality laws ‘are now holding women back’ - Times Online

The radical extension of maternity leave and parents’ rights is sabotaging women’s careers, according to the head of the new equalities watchdog.

Nicola Brewer said that it was an inconvenient truth that giving women a year off work after the birth of each child - soon to be paid throughout - was making employers think twice before offering a job or promotion.

How mother’s stand after job humiliation won her £120,000 - Times Online

Sarah Vince-Cain describes herself as a child of the Eighties, brought up in the age of “hard work, power suits and Margaret Thatcher”, and felt guilty about taking time off to start a family.

“I wondered if I was being a bit of a nuisance by having a child,” she said.

A few months after giving birth to her second child and taking her second period of maternity leave in three years she was told in 2001 that she was being made redundant as a senior manager at the Giorgio Armani group. In the dispute that followed, she won about £120,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.

BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Women's work: Your views on UKIP comments

"No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age", Godfrey Bloom MEP has said....His comments provoked a storm of protests including Labour Euro MP Glenys Kinnock who called UKIP attitudes "neanderthal".

Of course you will remember this row - do you expect the same reaction today?

Comments

I followed your links and found this comment on the BBC website in 2004. Really it says it all (but not as the commenter intended);

"I don't know the context or the tone in which the remarks were made but there is an argument that the law forces businessmen to pay huge amounts of money to cover for a pregnant woman. There are real costs for the small businessman who - by definition - does not have huge resources at his disposal. If the State wants these benefits for expectant mothers, perhaps the State should pay for them rather than using other people's money.
Thomas Murphy, Crowthorne, England"

Now there was someone with his heart in the right place and his brain completely out of position. What ELSE does the state have to spend - one way or another - than "other peoples' money"? What hope for England with such weak thinkers on the loose?

When I am prime minister, I will sort out all these sorry messes at one fell swoop, including the unemployment problem, by abolishing employment. It's a nasty thing, employment, a historical hangover; first we had masters and slaves, then the slaves became serfs, then the serfs became "employees". But they're all the same relationship and it causes all sorts of misunderstandings of how the economy works, because employees are businesses too; they're trading their labour, that's all. So, when I am King, the state will treat everybody the same. Everyone will be a business in the eyes of the law. Nobody will therefore ever be unemployed. They will be a business which has no trade, instead. Which won't help much I admit, but at least the non-trading businesses will understand why there's no money coming in and have to recognise they need to improve their product. Ha.

So anyway, once we recognise that everybody is a business, instead of this artificial distinction between "employers" and "employees" people will have to recognise how absurd it is to force some businesses to keep paying other businesses who are refusing to deliver their service because they're off sprogging. People would be outraged if other businesses did that. I sell online comics for instance, and my readers pay a subscription. If I told them I'd not be delivering any for a year because I was off to enjoy the joys of parenthood, they wouldn't be very pleased if I kept snatching the money out of their accounts, would they?

So anyway. It's this "employment" thing we have to scrap.

I don't know why I comment here, nobody ever replies. Perhaps it's just because I enjoy reading this blog so much. Yes, that's it. Keep it up, Mr. Englishman :)

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