July 20th, 2004

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The UKIP's view on maternity leave (link from ramtops)

OK, so I have no kids, am unlikely to have kids, and am a small business owner to boot -- but for f**k's sake.
Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom told Guardian Unlimited that maternity policy should be: "If you want to have a baby, you hand in your resignation and free up a job for another young lady."

I might have expected to hear this sort of attitude forty years ago (in fact, my mother did hear it; she was passed over for training on computers because she was, of course, likely to leave to have children. She stayed there considerably longer than most of the men working with her). But not this century. Grrr.

Oh, and in a follow-up to the link I posted a week or three back about some US doctors/pharmacists not being willing to prescribe the pill, something similar is happening in Northern Ireland (though in this case it relates to the morning-after pill rather than the regular kind).