Despite the financial crisis, life goes on
The headlines are dominated by banking bailouts. But what would we have been thinking about this week if city bankers had been a bit less flash with their cash? The Fawcett Society could have generated more coverage for a different aspect of city failure – widespread sexism. Women workers losing their jobs because of pregnancy, a culture of office pornography and thousands of pounds spent on lap dancing clubs and ‘extra services’.
And we would have heard a bit more about the Refugee Council’s campaign to highlight the lives of asylum seekers living on vouchers. No bail out for people surviving on £35 a week.
Finally, moving away from the labour market but it made me smile, someone might have picked up on the new charitable concern for knitting miniature items of clothing for drinks bottles – Age Concern would like us to knit bobble hats for smoothies and Shelter are encouraging mini-scarves for Ginger Essence. Sometimes it’s nice to remember that life goes on.