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Readers’ comments: Not rewarding effort


In response to Laura Perrins: We’re stuck with a card-carrying meddling feminist in Number Ten,

Groan wrote:

Yes, the reporting of the Gender Wage Gap is a remarkable development. State control of all companies in the land with over 250 employees. Though now only the reporting is legally enforceable there are already threats from ministers of ‘targets’ and ‘further legislation’ (and these will no doubt be even more rapidly introduced on the back of any Labour Gov.) Now this sort of thing has been in public services for 20 years and so the results are pretty clear. There will be the creation of management jobs for women, usually HR, Strategy or Corporate Culture. Overtime will become a rarity. There’ll be a high turnover in management as female managers step down into less demanding roles after a couple of years of the battering managers get. The business will lose its best and hardest-working to other sectors. The falling productivity of our largest public sector industry, the NHS, is just one example of gradually not rewarding effort.

Of course add in a national minimum wage and you’ve got considerable scope for a system dictating wage levels, overtime bonuses, promotion and training opportunities. I may sound alarmist but that’s the journey the Government is on. How any Conservative MP or in industry couldn’t see this and try to stop it is literally beyond me!

cambridgeelephant wrote:

She – May – is beyond merely appalling. The Tories will bitterly come to rue the day they put this no-mark chancer in without a vote.

If this were a school report, expulsion would surely have been implemented long before the end was reached. Her latest ’embrace’ of Corbyn is mind-boggling but of a pattern, all the same.

She makes Brown look acceptable, and her mishandling of both party and country is on a par with Little Johnny Major. It will be interesting to see if we take part in the EU elections after all. Because if we do, the Tories will be annihilated and it will give them a foretaste of what’s to come.

Cynthia wood wrote:

Brilliant analysis once again, Laura. Words fail to express the sheer horror of May’s relentless statism. So sad also that there are numbers of Tory acolytes and stooges in the Commons, even now, somehow still deceived by her into thinking they are connected to a ‘Conservative’ party – with a few noble exceptions as you have shown over the past few months on here.

Poor witless idiots. Have they any idea what is coming to them if, as seems increasingly likely, a GE is on the near horizon?

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