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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Promotions should be on merit, not box-ticking government regulation


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Employers should not be bullied by sex discrimination laws into hiring women, Welshboy wrote:

I completely agree with you Kathy. I have nothing against women being elected on to boards (when they actually merit it), nor against a woman owning companies that really contribute positively to the economy.

But what I do object to is this tick box culture whereby we have to do what the government says to make sure women are elected on boards when they don’t deserve it. At least when Mrs Thatcher became Prime Minister, she earned it and she was what the people at the time wanted.

We need to get back the system of meritocracy as it brings out the best in both women and men. It also brings out the best out of economy because at least governments wouldn’t be allowed to bring in a tick box culture that brings out nothing but a sense of unfairness and resentment.

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