Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, debated UK inequality with Jacques Peretti and answered questions from callers on BBC Radio 4′s You and Yours.
Too many modern feminists cite incorrect pay gap figures and demonise male employers in their weak attempt to prove that workplace sexism is alive and thriving in Britain. But this is simply not the case.
British women in full-time work between the ages of 22-39 are now paid, on average, 1.1% more than their male counterparts; it is not inherit sexism that is holding women back from greater achievement, but rather the traditional roles that society still demands of women – expecting them to be mothers and wives regardless of their career ambitions, while providing little support along the way.
The arbitrary demands made by feminists for shortlists, quotas and for salaries to be made public result in gender-baiting at its worst, and do nothing to address the real roots of sexism that still have grips in British society.
Employers seem to be giving women an equal and fair shot at having a career; now is the time to turn to our attention to the private sphere, where women need to be supported and treated fairly, regardless of their career decisions.
Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Dr Eamonn Butler, was quoted in a BBC News article on milk industry subsidies:
But Eamonn Butler, from free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute, said the industry was in need of modernisation.
“If you simply subsidise this industry, then all that happens is that older, outdated practices continue and new efficient practices don’t get a start,” he said.
“That’s very bad for everybody – it’s bad for taxpayers and it’s bad for consumers.”
The Adam Smith Institute’s comments on Oxfam’s inequality report were referenced in Allister Heath’s article in The Daily Telegraph:
Absurd? Of course, but that is the methodology used in most reports on global wealth inequality. As the Adam Smith Institute points out, it makes no sense to look at net wealth without also examining the incomes people are likely to earn in future from wages, investments and pensions. The shock and oft-cited statistics about the share of total wealth owned by the richest are based on such misleading net wealth figures. If gross wealth were used, or if adjustments were made for disposable income and living standards, the picture would look significantly less unequal. The bottom 80pc may statistically own just 5.5pc of the world’s net wealth, but that is because they have mortgages. They control far more of the world’s assets than such numbers suggest.
Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, debated Oxfam’s latest inequality report – which found that the richest 1 per cent have seen their share of global wealth increase from 44 per cent in 2009 to 48 per cent in 2014 – on Sky News and STV’s Scotland Tonight.
From Sky News:
From STV’s Scotland Tonight: