Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Monday 25 May 2009

Sisters Aren't Doing it For Themselves....

....they're paying someone else a pittance to do it for them.

Some years ago, Robbie Coltrane's character in Cracker abrasively accused a high-flying career woman of hypocrisy, with (roughly) the words,
"So while you're out lecturing on Women's Studies and career opportunities, some poor cow's got her arm round your U-bend."

I was reminded of that by a story I came across while looking up Dick Timney's expenses-funded internet phone (was that really such a good idea...?). It seems that our former Minister for Women has been less than sisterly in her treatment of her domestic staff:

the cleaner at her 'second home' in Redditch, Worcestershire, has been paid £2,400 a year - or about £46.15 a week - without a pay rise for five years. The national average wage has risen by 14.5% over this time.

So much for female solidarity!


  1. Never look at what people say, onl;y look at what they do.

    And didn't someone once say something to the effect that you could tell a man's character by the way he treated the help? Obviously goes for the distaff side too.

  2. It defies belief, doesn't it?

    £2,600 for a home cinema system but no pay rise for the cleaner - even when it's all on expenses.

    Since Ms Smith's main residence is apparently a box room in London, one can only assume the cleaner in Redditch spends her time tidying up after Dick Timney and the kids.

    Can't you just picture her slaving away while he chats on his (expenses-paid) i-phone, plays with his (expenses-paid) digital camers and watches his (expenses-paid) TV while indulging in -oops!He paid that one back, didn't he?.


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