Use all-women shortlists for top jobs to solve chronic shortage of female executives, says Vince Cable

To call Vince Cable an idiot would be to insult idiots:

This is the man who once said that if he were prime minister, he would follow President Francois Hollande’s example and have a gender-balanced cabinet. Well, that’s worked out well for France, hasn’t it?

Our associated organisation Campaign for Merit in Business has presented concrete evidence to Comrade Cable, the department he leads – Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills – as well as House of Commons and House of Lords inquiries, showing that increasing the proportion of women on corporate boards leads to financial decline.

We’ve put in FoI requests seeking evidence for the government’s previous claims that putting more women on boards will lead to performance improvement. None has ever been forthcoming. This hasn’t stopped the government from continuing to threaten legislated gender quotas for FTSE100 boards if they haven’t achieved female representation on their boards by 2015. In fact, they’re going further. We know from a recent report that next in the firing line will be the FTSE350, and that gender parity on boards is the longer-term goal.

Still, all this may not be a problem. All it requires is that the state become self-funding, so it won’t need income from corporation taxes or the income taxes paid by private sector employees.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Er. So there are fewer women who seek top posts anyway, usually because they make work life balance decisions to meet family commitments; many fall behind in the career advancement stakes because those commitments cause them to take career breaks; and many work part-time after families, which, apart from being a matter of choosing a non high powered career, means they don’t get the senior experience needed to get the top jobs (it has nothing to do with ability – women ARE as able as men in just about anything) SOoo… you create all female shortlists to solve ‘the problem’? Is this the level of intellect those at the top of our government are capable of bringing to the governance of our country? Or is it just blind, bigoted ideology being implemented by an elitist, seeking to create more elitism before its too late and he and his like are kicked out of office by the electorate? The man’s as mad as a March hare.

  • Hard to find even one supporting comment after the article. He was great was Vince when he didn’t have any power and he stuck to business analysis, rather than giving us his views on gender politics and mass immigration. D. Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 07:54:43 +0000 To:

  • Is this system still called Capitalism? Is this still called Market Economy? Is this still called Democracy? If so,then it no longer should,because it isn’t. The feminists have now outclassed even the communists !

  • Of course the current crop of feminists in the elite have an ideology derived from Marxism hence their belief in communist ( the state is good and should be involved in all aspects of life) “solutions” . I can see their enthusiasm for quotas , in France and Norway the sudden growth of non execs. posts was met by coopting women from quangos and vol sector and “WAGs” ( spouses , partners and relatives of board members). I notice that in Norway after a peak of meeting the quota the proportion has fallen . A pattern repeated for so many campaigns to get women to choose work outside office or care. I can see an argument to encourage women ( and other demographics) into seeking election. As such roles aren’t jobs as such( but quotas should be illegal) . But if women aren’t seeking to be executives ( or even work in the industries) of such company’s how are they supposed to be found to be board members. The tragedy of the Coop shows the result of “democratic” boards based on election rather than any actual knowledge of the business. You’d think Lord Miners damming report would have put paid to boards based on a political selection rather than actual knowledge and experience.