UK: Cutting Men's Wages Is A Scandal

Article here. Excerpt:

'Who really cares about the highly questionable gender pay gap? Wealthy BBC journalists, that’s who. Ever since last year’s open letter signed by high-profile presenters called for a ‘correction’ of the alleged pay disparity between men and women at the Beeb, the corporation has had its knickers in a twist. For the rest of us, the fact that Carrie Grace and other complainants earn tens of thousands of pounds more than the average working woman and are still claiming to be mistreated is laughable.

However, the latest attempt to please the pay-gap myth-makers is not so funny. The BBC has announced that six of its most high-profile male employees are to take a pay cut. Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine, Nick Robinson, Nicky Campbell and Jon Sopel have all agreed to take less money. Humphrys will almost halve his wage, and Vine reportedly said his wage decrease ‘wasn’t a problem as the BBC needs to tackle gender pay inequality’. Following in the BBC’s footsteps, easyJet’s chief executive Johan Lundgren agreed to cut his pay from £740,000 to £706,000 to match the company’s previous, female, CEO. £34k for feminism: how generous.'

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Side B of Hemispheres had an oft-overlooked song called The Trees. It addressed feminism by way of allegory, painting women as "the Maples" and men as "the Oaks". It ended with these lines:

"So the Maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights.
They said the Oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light!
Now there's no more Oak oppression,
For they passed a noble law.
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw."

Complete lyrics here.

Neil Peart is positively prescient at times.

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