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Sunday, 19 July 2009

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John Kimble

Can you explain more on note 1 please. Why are those people there - I'm sure most of us don't' understand the detail of the process. Were they invited to be there or did they just turn up?

The Editor

They were invited but probably based on the fact they lobbied Parliament.

Nigel

They were invited as experts. they will have known that this stage of the process means people can lobby to be considered experts.

Of course "experts" in gender are usually taken to be women's groups. As with the story about quotas (55%) for Royal Honours the clauses will be used to fill quotas in work. In many respects the Bill's provisions for pay audits (which have exited press notice)will be onerous but ineffective. The pay gap is generated by labour markets. So for instance super feminist Denmark and not at all feminist Italy have similary low "gender pay gaps" largely because neither have much of a "part time" jobs market. Unless there is a dramatic shift in the labour market in the UK to all full time jobs then the "gap" is likely to remain. However establishing quotas in public services will have a quick effect, simply because a sort of covert positive discrimination called "positive action" is well established.

John Kimble

I'd say the writer of this blog is way more of any expert than any of the idiots on the list.

Really a shame that men don't any real representation in Parliament.

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