Steve Hilton, one of David Cameron\’s most senior advisers, has suggested that Britain should abolish maternity leave
The newspaper quoted a source close to Mr Hilton suggesting that he thought that maternity leave rights were \”the biggest obstacle to woman finding work\”.
This is true, it\’s also one of the leading causes of the gender pay gap.
So why not abolish the legal right to it?
Mr Hilton also suggested to Mr Cameron that he simply ignore European labour regulations on temporary workers, to the alarm of the most senior civil servant in Downing Street.
“Steve asked why the PM had to obey the law,” said one Whitehall insider. “Jeremy [Heywood, Mr Cameron\’s permanent secretary] had to explain that if David Cameron breaks the law he could be put in prison.”
Not that that outcome would worry many.