Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, for some reason thought it appropriate today to take to Twitter to claim that Rishi Sunak’s budget was too “focussed on male-dominated sectors” such as construction.
Welcome news in the Chancellor’s speech – especially the hospitality VAT cut, Job Retention Bonus and investment in green jobs. But new jobs support very focussed on male-dominated sectors without measures to engage more women in these industries.
— Sarah Olney (@sarahjolney1) July 8, 2020
However, as is customary for those with any kind of left-leaning bias, she leaves on her feminist blinkers, and whilst acknowledging that the hospitality sector has today enjoyed a VAT cut, this sector employs a huge number of women.
And at a time when money should be spent wisely in order get the economy moving again, she suggest that there should be “measures” to engage more women in male-dominated industries. The last thing needed now surely is more money wasted on trying to correct a problem that is basically a non-problem?
Perhaps Sarah should set all of us an example by becoming a bricklayer, a roofer or unblocking some drains? Or maybe she prefers being in a nice air conditioned office talking rubbish.
Perhaps she think it’s good to continue the work of the former leader of her party, the notorious feminist Jo Swinson, someone who started the 2019 General Election campaign thinking that she would become Prime Minister, but ended it losing her seat to the SNP.
Unfortunately, the country can’t quite forget Jo Swinson because it is thanks to her that companies have to spend time and money collating and then submitting useless Gender Pay Gap reporting every year. Fortunately, for this year, said reporting has been suspended.
Perhaps there’s an opportunity for this majority Conservative government can quietly kill it off for good?
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