Well where to start?
Light can be seen although it’s greyish and cold mostly. I’ll make an effort to get blogging again. Honest.
I had a letter from Nicola the other day. You know who I mean? That nice wee weegie wummin who is Wee Ecks right hand person. She is pushing for the YES vote for the Scottish Independence Referendum.
Well the letter also contained a four page leaflet and one of the articles was about encouraging more women into politics. A quota is being worked out and women will be able to attend women only events to make sure that equality is recognised.
Impossible on more than one front. First up I’d like to say I like ladies. It’s a male thing. Most chaps tend to like ladies although some chaps prefer laddies but that’s a completely different story.
Anyway, quotas don’t work. Oh yes they do you say. Well maybe as a means of maintaining a quota and so satisfy a numeric target. They don’t work though because the true aim of a committee or a board or any sort of talking shop is of course to have the best people who can do the best job in place and quotas don’t allow this.
Of course women sometimes don’t reach where they should be but it’s the same for guys.
Only the best will do.
If you would like to see quotas in action take a look at the fetching women who speak on behalf of the Labour party in Scotland for example. Only the best will do? Really? And the definition of best is being female and being the best because they think they need to act more aggressively than men.
There is not an organisation of any description anywhere on this planet which can afford not to have the best possible people in all levels to ensure the organisations future. Simple.
We have all worked with guys and ladies who were a nightmare. We have also worked with men and ladies who were terrific. A quota system does not support the latter.
Equality means what it says on the tin.
That is we are all equal. It is safeguarded by other regulations, which deal with issues, which lead to people of both sexes being passed over etc. for reasons which do not meet equality requirements. Again we have all seen this.
Only the best will do.
That’s not being elitists either. We can’t all be pop stars, film stars, football players, etc. etc. Lots of us are good at what we do and helping people find the best job, which suits their needs, is what is needed rather than quotas.
I’ll be heading for the dark room in which I shall be laying down in shortly.