Polly’s command of statistics

There never is, was or can be a neat universal system. Besides, Beveridge planned for an all-male workforce when a man’s wage was enough: now median families need two earners.

If, as is true, the median family is two earner then the median family rather needs to be…..

It’s not that life has become more expensive. Rather, that the structure of the workforce has changed. You know, that female liberation stuff?

20 thoughts on “Polly’s command of statistics”

  1. This is one of the drivers of high house prices. Couples with a double professional income are very simply able to pay far more than a single income family for those nice houses in leafy London streets.

    In other words, it’s all women’s fault…

  2. Indeed. Women entered the workforce after much campaigning, house prices shifted upwards to reflect the increased purchasing power of a dual-income family, and now women are complaining they have to work because they otherwise can’t afford a decent house. All of this is the fault of the Patriarchy.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    The solution is to discourage women from the work force. Problem solved.

    In other news, scientists report that divorce has lingering effects with the children of divorce still having worse outcomes in their Fifties. Why was it legalised again?

  4. What do free markets have to do with foreign aid handouts?

    Although if Mrs Batmanwoman can get away with her antics why not?

  5. I looked hard, throughout Polly’s article, but failed to find a point. She seemed to write it simply to display factoids she looked up about Beveridge.

  6. The mainstream media is seething with lefties, and with lefties you should never attribute to incompetence that which can be adequately explained by malice.

  7. “It’s not that life has become more expensive.”

    The house I was brought up in, burb of a crap town, was easily affordable to a man with no assets, on perhaps, a top 20%, certainly not more than top 10%, salary. With four dependents. Who went on nice twice-yearly holidays and had nice things.

    That house today is worth north of a million quid, and it’s still in the burb of a crap town. So what income %ile do you need to be in today to afford that?

    So, life is rather more expensive because of this not-functioning market, which is being flooded by cheap money from above, and the expansion of which is politically suppressed on behalf of the clientele electorate who love to talk about the price of their house at dinner parties.

  8. Amidst the usual canards (That article could arguably have been written at any point since the early 90s) this sentence really stood out:

    ‘The mental depression caused by unemployment proves that paid work is an overpowering human need.’

    By that extension we should be abolishing retirement ages and re legalising child labour? Additionally, how is her theory going to hold up against the coming technological changes which are likely to bring about mass unemployment, and which even her idols Corbin and ‘Not bright enough to work at’ Macdonalds have suggested might need public money spent on looking at?

    worst of all at the bottom of the article you have a link to the idiotic Zoe Williams again babbling on – ‘it’s unacceptable that even one child is in poverty’ – advocating a perpetuation of policies that have been utterly ruinous in terms of the country’s economy…..

    How soon can we get the pair of them on a plane to Pyongyang where I think they’d both be a lot happier!

  9. Life has got more expensive because housing has got more expensive – everything else is cheaper. Mainly due to New Labour.

  10. ‘…now median families need two earners.’


    Memories are short and history books remain unopened, but when I was a child in most households both father and mother worked – mother in-between having babies – and since school leaving age was 15, households often contained several other wage earners at least for a few years until they got married and moved out.

  11. Due to ZaNu?

    By their absence more like.

    Although BluLabour have worked hard to be a worthy successor to them.

  12. On an historical point, Polly has fallen off her perch again. The idea that Beveridge thought in terms of an all male workforce is a complete nonsense. Cotton mills? Woollen mills? Shop assistants? Typing pools? All those cleaners and launderers? Never mind all the widows from two World Wars. Anyhow he had been and as a governor still was an LSE man at the time of his report and my personal recollection from the 50’s is that LSE in his time had a lot to do with women’s role and equality and all that.

  13. I’d be very interested to know if:
    a) any founding feminists actually ever had a proper job
    b) and founding feminists had any grounding in economics

    I mean, didn’t any of them think to ask themselves why men had to be paid to go to work?!

  14. Paid work an overpowering human need?

    I mostly enjoyed my job when I was employed (frustrating HR could be fun), but I enjoy it even more now I’m retired. I can fossick around doing odd bits of stuff I want to, with few deadlines, help the family out when they need it, and Mrs TG when she insists, go on holiday more often, including long super-holidays to farther-flung parts every few years when finances have restored a bit. Work would really get in the way of all that!

  15. Good old women’s lib; now you can spend your lives toiling away to maintain a home your poor oppressed mother wouldn’t have set foot in, feeling your ovaries shrivel in exchange for a ‘career’ in PR or HR or some bullshit arm of the state.

    The traditional single income household model, coupled with advances in domestic technology, would have left women in a pretty enviable position.

  16. ‘The mental depression caused by unemployment proves that paid work is an overpowering human need.’

    And then Polly and co start throwing the Molotov cocktails when the government tries to do anything even mildly energetic about encouraging long term unemployed into work.

    I’d lay a decent bet that she’s got it arse about face – it’s the fact that paid work is “an overpowering human need” (i.e. necessity) that causes much depression.

  17. @ Ben S
    The Suffragette movement was created because Mr Pankhurst’s income (and savings from working as a barrister for a score of years before marrying Emmeline) was enough for his wife and daughters to indulge in their political hobby. He died before his daughters reached 20 so they didn’t ask why men had to be paid to go to work since their money came from one who no longer worked.

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