Give Me Money!

How to tackle that issue remains very largely unknown, but acknowledgement of the issue is a key first step.

Third, in that case what this suggests is that better data on many aspects of employment is required from employers. Gender, class, and race and ethnicity pay gaps are all required now by that most important of stakeholders of all corporations, which is what employees are.

There is no accounting standard on this issue. There should be. It’s on my list.

We’ve no idea what to do about this but someone should pay me to write some blather about it.

Cool!

21 thoughts on “Give Me Money!”

  1. Just out of interest, does anyone remember what happened when a white middle-class male fatty with anger management issues got bumped in favour of some dumb bird on a segment about tax by Newsnight to improve diversity?

  2. I’d like to see any such accounting standard that doesn’t fall foul of the GDPR rules.
    If your categories for gender/age/race/orientation/class/left handed/BMI/”on what side does sir or madam dress” are too narrow, then you risk having identifiable individuals in your report, and that’s your company in the dock for misuse of personal data.

  3. Dennis, Calling Bullshit On This One

    that most important of stakeholders of all corporations, which is what employees are

    Employees?

    I would have guessed that group what supplies the cash to keep the corporation running, but what do I know?

  4. Emil may well be right to say that no actual gaps exist, however that doesn’t stop organisations confessing.

    Examples are the BBC, the NHS and the Church of England, all of which have enthusiastically owned-up to their shocking racism, sexism and whatever else.

    I’m assuming that in reality, those making these confessions are merely virtue-signaling. A government with a sense of humour would take them at their word, sack the leaders and fine them into the ground.

  5. Hey Geoffers, left handedness as a source of victimhood is something I can get behind. In a sinister way, of course 🙂

  6. @ Ltw
    Yes.
    A *socially progressive* source of victimhood: it contributed, indirectly, to George VI’s premature death. Less of a handicap for the illiterate at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
    I briefly tried writing left-handed while I had my right arm in a sling (alleviated somewhat by a school-friend lending me his Swedish typewriter to do my prep) and realised that it is a damn sight more difficult that right-handed and is a handicap on time-limited examinations.

  7. Legendary hustler Alvin ‘Titanic’ Thompson regularly won sizeable bets by beating (or narrowly losing to) fellow golfers playing right-handed before betting them he could beat them playing left handed.

    He neglected to tell his opponents that he was naturally left-handed and had taught himself to play tolerably well right-handed.

  8. I once won the first couple of games against the top ranked squash player in the local club until he commented ’ahhh your left handed’ then promptly proceeded to slaughter me

  9. I briefly tried writing left-handed while I had my right arm in a sling (alleviated somewhat by a school-friend lending me his Swedish typewriter to do my prep) and realised that it is a damn sight more difficult that right-handed and is a handicap on time-limited examinations.

    Particularly if using a pen, when it’s hard to prevent smudging. I wonder why R->L writing systems developed that way?

    I once sat next to an Israeli guy who was taking notes from a meeting in Hebrew (the meeting was in English or I wouldn’t have been there). Going R->L, obviously, but every now and then he’d need an English word for which there was no equivalent in Hebrew, which he’d neatly insert into the text writing L->R, jumping left just enough to create a gap large enough to fit the English word and then continuing in Hebrew.

    Semitic writers put (‘Arabic’) numbers in the same order as we do, but presumably ‘see’ them the opposite way round – least significant digit first, rather than last. Apparently they name the numbers similarly, so “seven and twenty” rather than twenty-seven.

    We now return you to your Spud mashing. 🙂

  10. I see HMRC published tax gap today. That will lead to a rehash of Murphy’s “work” no doubt where he spends about 10 minutes multiplying a few numbers together.

  11. I’m sinister and my handwriting is rubbish, always has been. I remember the disapproval of teachers at primary school. I can’t write right-handed as I’ve never really tried to learn. My mum could write left-handed tolerably well and she reckoned she was a natural lefty forced to write right-handed.

    As for having to use L to R words in a R to L script, I guess we can be thankful that the Turk was stopped at the gates of Vienna…

  12. When Murphy says ‘It’s on my list’ I am reminded of the German U-Boat captain played by the late Philip Madoc in the episode of ‘Dad’s Army’ for some reason…. Maybe it’s his affinity with Dachau

  13. I have distinct memories of being strongly “encouraged” to write right handed by a teacher at age 5. Since I’d already learned to write left handed before I attended school, effectively I got taught to write all over again. And since the style of drawing the letters was different between the two, I must have gone through a period with a 52 letter alphabet. Then it got even more complicated because at the first school I attended we never learned to print. We went straight to a form of copperplate script. At the second school they were still printing & would go on to teach that style of script that’s just printing joined together with ligatures. So my handwriting now can best be described as either novel or fucking dreadful.
    Can’t write left handed now, apart from block caps. The muscle memory’s not there. Anything I’ve learned to do, I’m right handed. But I’d reflex catch left handed. I use cutlery either way round to annoy.

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