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It will be interesting to see how this gets spun by the feminist reporters and organisations. Of course there was some “crowing” about the smaller gender pay gap last year, ignoring that this was a measure of the incredible disruption during lockdown. And now we find the dreaded gender pay gap is widening as the economy struggles back to life. And of course this actually illustrates the real problem with the gender pay gap. That a closing of the gap reflects relative stagnation in the economy! For it has been closing for the past couple of decades largely because men’s wages have stagnated while female wages have risen. Of course this isn’t anything much to do with their genitalia, but to do with the industries the sexes work in. As mainly in public services and services women had benefitted from considerable rises in public sector pay and the growth of shopping.
As the government takes steps to shift some focus to actually producing things and skilled jobs in the private sector the increase in wages will, inevitably, benefit men more, far from being a bad thing such rises would in fact reflect economic success! I’m sure this will be short-lived as the public sector unions flex their muscles. If one looks at the gender pay gap regionally, you find it’s negligible in the North-East and Northern Ireland (indeed it was in reverse briefly in NI during a period of high unemployment) the poorest and most dependant on public spending and at the highest in Greater London and the South-East, by far the most prosperous regions. The question is which region’s economy is most productive (and pays the taxes to fund public spending)?
Feminists want the whole nation to emulate the economic position of the poorest regions! Camile Paglia’s comment about “still in grass huts” comes to mind. Let’s hope the pay gap continues to grow as we’ve got trillions of pounds to earn.
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