Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Yvonne Roberts: a fucking stupid cow

It never ceases to amaze me how Comment Is Free manage to find the stupidest, most bigoted, illiberal cunts around to write for them: it is surely some kind of skill. Or perhaps they are all friends of editor, Georgina Whatsherface, in which case she must be the stupidest and most bigoted of all.

Today's load of fresh, steaming horseshit dumped on my plate is from Yvonne Roberts.
What price equality? It's apparently always too high for those who mistakenly believe they have the most to lose. One in four Norwegian businesses allegedly face the threat of closure because they have failed to ensure that 40% of directors are female - abiding by a law passed in 2003. Business heads have had five years to meet the quota - and a great deal of change has resulted.

In 2000, only 6% of directors were female. Now, they make up 37% of directors, just short of the target. Will companies who fail to meet the quota actually be closed? Unlikely, although they may face alternative punishments. Are quotas a good idea? Absolutely.

Are you mad? Or just as thick as shit? I'll go with mad and thick as shit, I think. I'll also let the ever excellent Vindico speak for me on this one.
The fucking retarded cow. How can quotas be a good idea? Norwegian companies are now stuffed with token women just because they have vaginas and not because they are up to the job. How is that beneficial? The company loses from possible bad management, shareholders lose from bad company performance, employees lose from potential bad company performance, and capable business women lose by having their credibility and achievement stripped out from under their feet. Everybody will question whether a woman has got there by merit or because of quotas. It is the biggest fucking stupid brain-crap of a thought. Communist bitch!

Quite so. Vindico has absolutely fisked the crap out of this article and its a delight to read—so, please, do so.

Amongst other things, Vindico, who does run a company, asks whether Yvonne Roberts has ever done so. Well, here's your answer...
Yvonne Roberts has been an award winning journalist, writer and broadcaster in newspapers, radio and television for over 30 years. She writes for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Observer, Community Care and the internet magazine, The Frist [sic] Post. She is the author of four novels. The most recent, Shake! (Headline), was published in July 2005 and she is working on a fifth. She has written two non-fiction books on men, women and sexual politics.

Well, there's your answer, mate: no, she has never run a company and, as such, hasn't got the first fucking clue what she's talking about, the stupid bitch.
A third non-fiction book, Where Did Our Love Go? - Reviving a marriage in 12 months, will be published by Short Books in April 2006.
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She has a partner and two daughters, 11 and 21 and lives in London.

A "partner"? You mean that, despite writing a book on how to revive a marriage, she is not, herself, actually... well... married? Isn't that just the teeniest bit presumptuous?*

Mind you, she's just written an entire article about how directors should run their companies without actually ever having run a company, so I guess that being overly-fucking-presumptuous is her stock in trade.

Go fuck yourself, Yvonne Roberts; go fuck yourself with a pair of electrodes.


* I just know that somebody is going to pop up in the comments and point out that you don't need to be married to have a long-term relationship.

Please, don't bother: I know this, but the problems encountered in marriage are somewhat different, not least because of the binding legal nature of the marriage contract. I don't, personally, believe that this should be the case (the government should not interfere in private arrangements), but it is.

4 comments:

verity said...

Black people in the US started militating agains "affirmative action" because the highly intelligent, highly achieving black folk were being tarred (you should excuse the term) with the same brush as the people who had been given preferential grades and got jobs in corporations through "quotas".

It worked against the intelligent, achieving blacks and they hated it.

You are right, DK, to note that women board members will come under the understable suspicion that they're tokens, no matter how clever they are. This writer is a fool.

BTW, the president of PepsiCo worldwide is a woman. An Indian. And she got there on exceptional smarts.

Katy Newton said...

1. Positive discrimination, eh? The operative word is discrimination. I will never understand these people who think that you can get rid of discrimination on the basis of gender by discriminating on the basis of gender.

2. You don't need to be married to have a long-term relationship, you know.

Anonymous said...

There is considerable crossover between those who despise the free market and private enterprise and those who call for gender- or ethnicity-based quotas.

People like this dizzy tart see quotas as a means of killing two ideological enemies with one bullet. Force companies to place women in jobs they have not earned and cannot do and you simultaneously (a) fuck with the evil phallocratic male and (b) rape the company's ability to compete effectively on the world market.

If this leads to great unemployment, that's just gravy - because more unemployment creates more people dependent on handouts and state patronage which, in turn, creates more left-wing voters.

Joined-up thinking, y'see.

Roger Thornhill said...

katy: I will never understand these people who think that you can get rid of discrimination on the basis of gender by discriminating on the basis of gender.

The same goes for religious "discrimination" where pepole want the "right" to special treatment! Doh! The whole point of anti-discrimination is to have everyone treated the same, and by that I do not mean "cattle".

p.s. there was at least a sensible person on a R4 debate about this a day or so ago.