In response to Paul T Horgan: Modern socialism loathes men, Groan wrote:
Six years ago the health service locally looked closely at its recruitment of non medical staffs. What it found was that at each stage males appeared to get screened out; 40 per cent of applicants were male but fewer than 20 per cent of were successful at offer.
The managers decided to work on this.
The strong “in group” preferencing for females was an issue and is in public services. Also the “family friendly” terms and conditions, which mean local and national government departments and swathes of the NHS all but cease to operate in school holidays, especially August .
Of course, another issue for the professionals in the public services is the female dominance in education.
So we are in a strange world where some public services such as Police and Fire, have to lower standards, yet public services overall are grossly unrepresentative of the population they serve .
Even in the recession, the most rapid job cuts were in private sector employment, as were cuts in pay. This was a “mancession”. Employment in public services was largely protected . Though not as secure as it was once, a job in the public services remains a safe haven in our economy.
Men should indeed pay more attention to the discriminatory standards applied.