Her numbers never really do add up, do they?

If it’s a choice between electricity, snacks for the kids, or sanitary towels … Even that £2 at the end of the month matters,” says Kerry, from Aberdeen.

The 35-year-old is raising three teenagers alone – a daughter and two boys with autism. She doesn’t need to explain what gets sacrificed as she chooses between food, heating and other essentials for the children, and sanitary products for herself.

It isn’t hard to see why sanitary products are often out of reach. Research shows pads and tampons cost women around £13 every month. Add another £8 for new underwear, and then almost a fiver for pain relief. That means women need to find more than £300 each year for periods – or the equivalent of a fortnight’s rent.

See the leap there?

The average woman spends £300 a year. Thus poverty!

But the welfare state promises housing, an income, not a mansion nor even a median income.

So let’s return to the initial problem. Is it true that tampons are unaffordable? A quick look around Amazon or Morrison’s, to take two examples, tells us that own brands are of the order of 5p each, £1 for a box of 20 tampons. It is undoubtedly true that many will prefer branded to own-brand, which is why there are so many on the shelves. But even they seem to be little more than twice that price. I could also make the point here about the welfare state and our duty to the less well-off: we promise adequate housing, not a mansion; bus fare not a limo ride.

It’s actually a £12 a year problem. One that’s easily enough solved too. Just send each woman £12 a year and we’re done.

19 thoughts on “Her numbers never really do add up, do they?”

  1. No, don’t send them £12 a year. There isn’t an adult female in Britain who cannot find her own £12 a year. Remember, we are constantly told what terrific value the License Fee is and how easy it is to pay it, so a value which is less than the square root of that should not present a problem.

    All these strong, confident sassy women, eh?

  2. Add another £8 for new underwear, and then almost a fiver for pain relief.

    Primark sells five packs of plain cotton briefs for £2. A pack of 16 500mg paracetamol tablets is 49p in Boots.

    That suggests you can have a budget period for just under £3.50 a month. And that includes throwing your knickers away instead of washing them.

  3. The disabled are often less productive at work than their able bodied colleagues. Allowances have to be if their productivity is lower, but this is not always the case of course – depends on the job.

    When one of them who is a journalist continuously churns out articles which are cretinous lying drivel, it’s a cost that their employer should be prepared to pay.

  4. Solid Steve 2: Squirrels of The Patriots

    Maybe becoming a single mother was a poor lifestyle choice? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  5. Add another £8 for new underwear, and then almost a fiver for pain relief

    With that talent she could work in NHS purchasing and earn more than enough to cover the cost of even the most luxurious female comfort products.

  6. …and then almost a fiver for pain relief…

    Cost in England:
    Tesco: Asprin 300mg (16) 30p; Paracetamol 500mg (16) 30p; Ibuprofen 200mg (16) 35p

    Cost in Scotland:
    Free/Zero/Gratis on NHS Prescription

    Thus, more CM SJW bullshit

    @Steve 2, October 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm


  7. where are they buying analgesics from? Switzerland?

    (where only licenced chemists are allowed to sell them, so they’re mind-blowingly expensive compared to anywhere else in the free world).

  8. Ibuprofen are only 25p for 16 in Asda.

    At “almost a fiver [a month] for pain relief”, she’s buying 20 packs, which is 320 tablets a month. That’s over ten tablets a day, every day of the month. You’re only supposed to take six a day (and I don’t think you’re supposed to take them every day for that long).

    No wonder she writes such rubbish; anxiety is a side-effect of ibuprofen overdose.

  9. Of course if the government start providing tampons then they’ll be paying about £10/tampon rather than the 5p that they are available for.

  10. Strange assumption here that we have a welfare state that provides adequate housing.The whole problem for present government is that it evidently doesn’t provide adequate housing.Affordable housing/ full employment went out with Harold Macmillan. NB 1974 the date when it all began to fall apart?

  11. I have it on very good authority that the nappy manufacturers are in a permanent state of price wars with one another, and the big names have been undercut by the supermarkets’ own-brand nappies. There is a reason why Huggies are no longer available in Europe.

  12. where only licenced chemists are allowed to sell them, so they’re mind-blowingly expensive compared to anywhere else in the free world

    Same in France for pretty much any medicine. The good news is if you go to the doctor with a slight sniffle he’ll write you a prescription which will get you enough medicine to start your own pharmacy.

  13. DBC Reed is actually somewhere near right.
    Under Wilson the only asset that was protected from Leninist “inflation” (debasement of the currency) and/or confiscatory taxation was one’s owner-occupied house. So everyone who could (sadly not me, as a bachelor) borrowed as much money as possible to buy as big a house as they could get. 1974 was the year when “it all fell apart” with hyperinflation of 25% – so bad that the next year the NUM came back and demanded *another* pay rise.
    MacMillan made *good* housing affordable by getting over 50% more houses built than the “wonderful” Labour government – and all of them were real, not Prefabs built as temporary shelters to be pulled down as soon as decent houses should be available.

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