Time for a reckoning. It\’s roughly my generation that is failing to break through into the top jobs. Women in their 40s and 50s who could now be running the country but aren\’t, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission\’s report Sex and Power. Its analysis is that it\’s a case of discrimination – direct and indirect. Motherhood and domestic responsibilities still exact a steep penalty. I feel like I\’m back on the school hockey pitch (I was useless) with my PE teacher urging me to make a bit more of an effort and get stuck in.
Madeleine Bunting has decided to resign as Director of Demos. Since it has emerged that her vision for Demos is incompatible with that of the trustees, she has decided to focus on her interests as a writer and a thinker at this point in her career. She will resume her regular column in the Guardian and her position as Associate Editor, and has agreed a book contract with the publishers Granta, on the future of the countryside.