Tale of two we could do without

One of my least favourite blogging topics is the parachutee/feminazi issue – we saw the nastiness of that yesterday.

At the same time, a number of articles have come this way of late, leading to the editorial dilemma of whether to just let them go or whether to mention them. As the brief of this blog is to mention things, let’s go.

1 Ellen Pao

There are women who contribute to the running of a firm and then there are women who are pains in the butt, chips on their shoulders and always carping on about being refused promotion because they’re women.  Yawn.   It’s like blacks pulling the race card.

Look at it from the firm’s point of view.   There are many people, male or female, who don’t make it to the top and so what?   That’s business.

So Miss Sensitive got it into her head to pull the feminazi card and cry sexism.


Because of long standing issues having no relationship or bearing on the litigation, Kleiner approached Ms. Pao to facilitate her transition, over an extended period of time, out of the firm.  The proposed terms, that did not require Ms. Pao to waive any legal rights or claims, are generous, fair and intended to support Ms. Pao in a successful career transition.

Let’s face it – if you’re running a business, you want everyone onboard, pulling together, not pulling PC cards on you and suing you.   This woman is a pain in the butt, a malcontent who’ll resort to litigation when she doesn’t get what she wants.   The moment she tried this on, the firm should have dumped her but instead, they took the line they did because there are PC laws.

Personally, I think the problem was in HR but as that department is also infested with the type, then the type gets through.   I’d make damned sure that my HR department had a fair spread of people from the industry, not from the faux HR profession and what I’d like to know is that if we hired a woman or a black, we’d not get these sorts of issues when they didn’t get what they wanted.

2.  Justine Greening

Autonomous Mind:

Greening was the Minister who described the process as ‘robust’ and readied the Department of Transport to defend its decision in court against Virgin. Yet now she has been shunted over to International Development to fritter away billions of pounds of faux largesse overseas, hardly anyone in the media is aggressively taking her to task for her role in the incompetent shambles that took place on her watch.

They don’t dare – she’s a woman.   You did though, Autonomous Mind and well done:

If this is any indication of Greening’s credentials then God alone knows what rings will be run around her in the forthcoming audit by the mandarins whose sole mission in life is sending our money overseas to alleviate supposed poverty, such as India’s need to maintain a space programme.

This is the Chloe Smith/Louise Mensch syndrome – putting a pretty pretty into a responsible role which involves life experience and a certain nouse. Mind you, can you imagine an Ed Balls or Ed Millipede doing any better?

2 comments for “Tale of two we could do without

  1. Umbongo
    October 4, 2012 at 18:26

    Apropos of your musings re Ms Pao: when I was a (very) recent MBA, Robert Townsend’s “Up the Organization” was published. One of his strong recommendations was to get rid of the HR department and return to having a “personnel department” restricted to pure admin work like seeing that wages were paid on time and were correct. Non-admin functions would be returned to line managers. In the more than 40 years since then I’ve never had cause to deny Townsend’s wisdom on this issue.

  2. October 4, 2012 at 18:47

    Absolutely, Umbongo – couldn’t agree more.

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