The Gender Pay Gap? …. Man Up!

Where do you stand on this gender pay gap?

Do you believe there is such a thing?

If you do then you’re probably female and an idiot and too stupid to think past the headlines.

Still reading?

Good for you, I’m glad you’re still with me and my flippancy hasn’t made you run away like a cry baby.

Even more so if you’re female, I’m glad you stayed. You’ve got balls! 🙂

Let me explain why there is no gender pay gap for the hard of understanding.

Firstly, to pay men and woman different rates for the same job is illegal in most of the civilised world and has been in the UK since 1970 and the US since 1963.

Secondly, although it’s true in the statistics published yesterday, see link below, which provides details of the differences in mean and median pay between male and female employees, The reason that there is a difference is because of the roles that each gender is predominantly employed in with males having more senior or higher paid technical roles.

So let me condense that for you. There is no gender pay gap, Any comparison is invalid because you are comparing apples with oranges.

The difference in mean or median earnings is because women are underrepresented in the higher paid roles, That can’t be solved by employing people based on gender because higher paid roles are based on ability and education, not gender.

Note that employing people based on gender is also illegal.

That difference in education and ability between individuals paid higher or lower rates regardless of gender comes down to personal choice, effort and ability.

Am I saying that women are less capable than men?

Are you fucking mad? Of course not.

As a father of a son and two daughters, I’d never under underestimate the capabilities of my daughters, quite the opposite, my goal is to help educate them academically and in the school of life so that they succeed in their chosen careers.

After that it comes down to their choice and if they choose a lower paying position, then it’s not because they are less capable, It’s because that’s the choices they made.

Condensing and generalising that …

Hard or in demand degree = Maths, IT, Accountancy, Medicine. Law, Engineering = Well paid career.

Easy or less in demand Degree = Media studies, social science, history = low paid job.

Apprenticeship = Decent income based on ability particularly if self employed.

No education = it’s not the end, but it’s not going to be easy.

As I explained to my kids, it’s their choice, but there are long term consequences.

Of course education isn’t everything, there are lots of people making decent bucks without a degree, skilled plasterers, plumbers, builders, salespeople. People earning because of their individual abilities. Not bleating about invalid comparisons because they didn’t make an effort.

Let’s imagine a man is in a low paid job, he looks at his company and sees that he’s in the lower quartile, Why is that? It will be most likely because he didn’t try too hard at school, not because he’s got a dick.

But one things for sure, he’ll get on with it and not act like a fucking victim.

Besides, here’s the truth, If you’re not happy with your job and want more pay, ask yourself, how do I do that? Then make the effort and change it. It’s really up to you.


UK Government data on all companies with over 250 employees

An excellent info graphic from Sky clarifies it’s not gender, but representation.

Jonathon Pie interviewing a feminist condenses the argument

The Unheard Voice … 

It’s General Election Day in the U.K.     

This one has been called pretty soon after the previous one when David Cameron won in May 2015. 

Because the current prime minister Theresa May didn’t have an overall majority and was riding high in the polls so called the election to increase her number of seats. 

But here’s my issue ..

Who would you vote for?

Personally none of them,   It pains me to support any of these weak conniving agenda driven loathsome parties. 

Maybe we should look at each party’s manifesto and choose the one most aligned with our own viewpoint.  

But what happens when none of them do? 

For example,  Labour seem strong on social justice but are weak on immigration and will continue to allow the country to be flooded with people on the take without a proper immigration policy.  

Conservative … ha .. liars, weak,  say one thing and do another.  Ruined communities all over the UK. 

SNP … agenda driven manipulatiors.  Only want independence even although Scotland can’t afford it. 

Lib Dem … who?  

Minor parties … might as well not bother. 

So you understand my apathy.    

But I’m not alone.   Have a look at the following stats.

The Conservatives won the last election with only 24% of the people registered to vote,  Labour were second with 20%. 

But look at the non-voters like me,  34% of people who are registered to vote choose not to. 

We choose not to be part of party politics because they don’t represent us. 

You might say that’s weak,  that wasting our vote allows the winning party to ride roughshod over us. 

And you’d be half right,   It does allow people we find disdainful to run the country.  But it isn’t weak. 

Compare these stats with high number of people who voted for single decision votes like BREXIT or Scottish Independence. 

On those the voting turnout was high.    

 The people including those apathetic to party politics turned out in high volumes and voiced their opinion. 

Now imagine you could harness that vote,  capture that unheard voice and let it speak on the issues,  not the parties. 

Why not?

We all have unique National Insurance numbers and Passport numbers,   We have internet access. 

So why not let the people vote on all of the big issues directly not let these be decided by the parties. 

Let the existing parties present their agenda based arguments but let the people decide,  not the MPs controlled by the whips and your individual vote is lost.     
This isn’t democracy.  It’s an illusion of it.    

It’s a choice between a poke in the eye or a kick in the balls and I refuse to take part in their game. 

Let’s kill off agenda driven party politics and deal with the issues. 

You might say I’m a dreamer,  but I’m not the only one. 

Work Stories – Objectives?

Don’t you just hate the bullshit that you sometimes have to go through as an employee?

Six monthly appraisals and annual objectives,  what a pile of shit,  a tick-box exercise designed to show that the company are making an effort,  when in actual fact they don’t really care about you or your circumstances.

It’s bullshit … and I hate bullshit.

This is my first staff job in 20 years,   Prior to taking this job I’d been self employed,  IT Consultant with various banks.

Why did I go staff? Continue reading “Work Stories – Objectives?”

Naive, Incompetent or Corrupt? .. Buy VW?

Don’t you just love it when some big corporation gets caught cheating?

Volkswagen have been caught with their pants down in the USA  for using a “Defeat Device”  to cheat the normal exhaust emission texts that take place in the EPA Laboratory’s.

Apparently all VW diesel engine cars since 2009 have been fitted with this software which can detect when the car is in the laboratory and adjust the engine management controls to minimise NOx outputs but turns the cheat off during normal on-road conditions to improve performance.

Totally immoral obviously and poses a number of questions.

Continue reading “Naive, Incompetent or Corrupt? .. Buy VW?”

Too Much Is Never Enough.

So it’s official,  bankers lie and illegally manipulate interest  rates …

Are you surprised? 

You’d be the only one.
Today, former city trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years at Southwark Crown Court for manipulating the Libor  rate,   This is the the lowest rate available and generally what banks charge for interbank borrowing on a huge scale. 

You or I won’t see this rate,  but if we are lucky our mortgage rates could be as low as Libor plus 2%. 

Interesting reading in the report from the BBC,  apparently this guy is the “first” to be prosecuted,  so it begs the question who else knew?

The article goes on to reveal that everyone including the CEO of the bank knew .. but it was all a big secret and Hayes was even told not to send emails on the subject .. Obviously because this was traceable and eventually used in his prosecution. 

Even more interestingly,  this criminal was initially cooperating with investigators from the Serious Fraud Squad but then changed his plea to Not Guilty and his legal team. 

Does that smell to you?   

That perhaps someone else became a bit frightened of the repercussions and made him an offer?

I often work in banking on the IT side and have frequently dealt with traders and what a bunch of obnoxious arrogant bastards they are.

Some of these guys and one in particular that I know fairly well are paid more in annual bonuses than most of us wil earn in 10 years.   

With that kind of money on top of your already high income,  then what is their motivation to manipualte the Libor rate.

Pure and simple greed. 

The most basic failing of human nature,  do you think because this prosecution has went through it will stop?

No,  because you’re forgetting,  people are greedy,  people who are driven by money are greedier than the rest. 

The complexity of today’s banking world of complex financial instruments,  makes the regulation and detection of financial crime even more difficult. 

14 years is a hell of a sentence, even if he only does 7,  but as a deterrent, it’s not enough.  

Even if they do go after him and the others involved under the proceeds of crime act,  it still isn’t enough.

Love this scene from The Wolf Of Wall Street …  Sing with me. … Hhhhhmmmmmm mm mm .. Waah! 🙂

More Strong Independent Capable #Women?

I don’t know if you  noticed it but “Clare’s Law”,  the Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme came into operation across the whole of Scotland yesterday. 

This scheme gives a partner or third party concerned about a friend or relative,  the right to apply for disclosure of their partners suspected history of domestic abuse or violent behaviour. 
In the six months of its trial period, there were 59 applications of which 22 resulted in disclosure.    

An indication that the majority of cases have 37 from 59 have no abusive history to disclose despite having suspicions. 

That doesn’t make them abusive,  or clear them,  it just means there is nothing to report. 

Either that or the person being reported is not actually abusive but the person applying may have their own malicious reasons to apply, possibly a third party trying to put the mix in. 

Unrealistic?  I don’t think so,  the pettiness, maliciousness and self interest of people never ceases to amaze me. 

Despite that,  having been on the receiving end of domestic abuse,  I’m all for disclosure,  it can only be a good thing.    If it saves one unfortunate soul then it’s fine it’s job. 

As a guy experiencing it,  it goes unreported because what guy would report it?    

You walk away.  Simple. 

Reporting it would only seem petty and result in lies and counter claims trying to justify the unjustifiable.   

It’s easier just to walk away particularly when you are capable of standing on your own two feet and have no ongoing dependency on the abuser. 

But here’s what I’m wondering,  at which point should a person have the right to pry into someone else’s, a partners background?

Define partner?   

Such a vague term,  clearly not someone you met last week,  so should that be based on the duration of the relationship?   

Or on the level of commitment?   I wouldn’t think you’d have to be living together to have concerns.  

Personally I think that it should it be because the person suspected of previous domestic abuse has demonstrated some dubious behaviour?
But if they have demonstrated dubious behaviour,  do you really need to apply for their history?

What if the person has no history to disclose?  

Does that make their behaviour any more acceptable?

Wouldn’t it be better just to get out of the relationship at the first sign of jealousy, controlling behaviour and/or verbal or physical abuse?

Okay,  that’s the ideal,  but it doesn’t really work like that does it?  

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if you’ve been in that kind of relationship,  then the one thing you know for certain is that  you wish you’d got out earlier in the relationship as the warning signs were there. 

How many times have you seen a friend in a long term relationship were they can’t be themselves because of a controlling or jealous partner? 

You listen to their stories and you’d like them out of it,  but they don’t leave,  either through fear of the consequences, fear of being alone or because they have emotional and financial commitments with that person, children, house, mortgage, financial dependence. 

Having listened to people’s stories over the years,  women in particular will put up with some amount of crap from an abusive or controlling partner because they’ve bought into the situation,  had kids,  it’s about more than them. 

If that’s the case the person doesn’t need disclosure,  they already know. 

What they need is support from friends, family and social services. 

In the longer term, If we take it as a given that unfortunately most perpetrators of domestic abuse are men,  then what we need is strong women who will not tolerate that behaviour and avoid being in a dependent situation by having their own career and income. 

Strong, independent, capable women that’s what I like and want my girls to be. 

If they happen to have a man in their life’s then it’s because they choose them,  because they want them, not because they need them. 
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You Win Again …

So it’s Election Day in the UK.

Who do you vote for?

There’s hardly an outstanding candidate is there?

Cameron?  The public face of the Tory party,  snivelling, lying,  telling us anything to stay in power.  Meanwhile covertly privatising the NHS which is unacceptable.

As a working class guy from shipbuilding,  now in banking and doing okay for myself,  kids at private school blah blah blah.

Some people have said,  I’m middle class but I’d rather cut my penis off than vote Tory.

Never forget your roots where this lot destroyed communities during the miners strike or sold of the national silver by privatising all that we as a nation owned such as BP, BT and the utility companies?

Where did that small fraction that was mine go?  I didn’t get my share to sell it off.

No, they sold it to their own,  now they charge us plenty for the privilege.


Clegg?  The liberals had some decent policies but blew it when they got into bed with the Tories.  No amount of backtracking by Clegg makes up for that.


Miliband – Well intentioned but just not charismatic and can he back up the pledges now carved in stone?

Labour list the last election because Gordon Brown was a good chancellor but not charismatic enough to be a leader.


Sturgeon – I’ve never liked her,  never liked the way she put her arguments across constantly nodding her head insisting she was right as if disagreement wasn’t allowed and not accepting a different opinion.

Add in the fact that I’ve never really trusted the SNP and their legacy of being Scottish Tories.

But it has to be said,  apart from that sexist “Woman’s Pledge” policy,  wee Nicola has been the outstanding debater of the campaign trail.
Green – A joke party who’s polices are idealistic but don’t work.

Their campaigning to get road lanes turned into cycle lanes has really pissed me off with there tailbacks all over the place.


UKIP – Lets not go there.

Okay let’s!

A racist party?

To be fair to them, I disagree with that argument.

I don’t think they care what colour or creed anyone is,  they just want to stop the country becoming overrun by migrants regardless of their origin.

But what other policies do they have?


Besides I can’t help feeling they are just Tories in disguise.
So who do I vote for?

A kick in the balls or a poke in the eye?

The choice of lesser evils?
It’s easy to say who I wouldn’t vote for but putting an X in a box means I lend my support,  which I don’t because I don’t believe in any of them.

Sad to hear about the death of Errol Flynn of Hot Chocolate yesterday,  I remember his music well as a kid with his white flares on Top Of The Pops.

My favourite of theirs …  You Win Again

Anyone but the Tories please!