In Tuesday’s TCW, Caroline ffiske excoriated the notion of Equal Pay Day on 10 November as a celebration of victimhood by, among others, ‘the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), the Fawcett Society and the TUC [who] all spend their time calculating how long it is going to take for the gender pay gap to be eliminated’.
In fact, the World Economic Forum already has forecast a date for pay parity, prompting many of our favourite Lefties to issue advance invitations – for yours, click here – to the End of the Pay Gap Party, a knees-up to celebrate the historic day when the UK achieves, finally, equality of outcome. To be hosted by Caitlin Moran, Sadiq Khan and Stella Creasy, with confirmed guests including Emma Freud, Nish Kumar and Jess Phillips, all who wish to attend this shindig will be admitted free of charge. Those who cannot make it presumably will be able to enjoy full uninterrupted coverage of the celebration on all BBC platforms.
What’s that? You would rather practise do-it-yourself dentistry than join this insufferable crowd? In that case, you will be relieved to know that the event is scheduled for November 10, 2235. Yes, intended to emphasise the glacial rate at which the so-called gender pay gap is being closed, the party invitation is a Leftist satire. The wags.
One oddity of this spoof invitation is that the hypothetic revellers of 2235 are being summoned to a place named Trafalgar Square. Given its loathing of dead white males and hatred of our history, it is far from certain that the extreme Left will allow Lord Horatio Nelson to remain on his column for a further 217 years – last year’s well-publicised swipe by Afua Hirsch, in where else but The Guardian, is unlikely to be the last attack on his statue – nor can we be sure the renowned public space will, two centuries from now, still commemorate Britain’s greatest naval victory.
As an alternative, perhaps the Left might campaign for a monument to honour the heroic struggle of BBC women, and for this part of central London to be converted into a green space named Gracie’s Field. This will, of course, feature a memorial to pay martyr Carrie Gracie who, it has now been revealed, handed to the Fawcett Society £361,000 of TV licence-payers’ money that the Beeb relinquished over and above her contractual entitlement.
But could Gracie’s Field and its feminist symbolism survive to 2235? Britain’s Muslim population is projected to increase exponentially throughout the 21st century – tripling to 13million by 2050, and rising – and will exert ever greater political and cultural influence in the UK and throughout Western Europe.
Neither fanatical Islam nor Sharia law reciprocate the tolerance accorded them by western feminists. For the middle-class women of the WEP and the Fawcett Society and their privileged female descendants, a gender pay gap could in future become the least of their concerns.