11 thoughts on “British Tory racism, sexism, and history

  1. Dear Kitty – A interesting post! Starkey’s comments about black youth, in relation to the August riots were tactless. What’s dangerous is the speech by Cameron around September denouncing the rioters as a ‘sick strain’ within society. A bad message to send out at a time of tension and only liable to bring greater resentment & disunity. As for Niall Ferguson – I really don’t know what he is for.

    Do you have an email address I could contact you on re. the blog? I couldn’t find one here or a contact form – sorry for putting this into the comment box – Laura

  2. Hi Laura, I agree with you on the danger of what Cameron said. I think Cameron is extremely opportunistic.

    One of the things Ferguson certainly supports is war.

    I have sent you a private message with my e-mail address.

  3. Dutch women’s pensions lower than men’s

    Posted on Jan 26, 2012

    Dutch women draw the short straw when it comes to pensions in the Netherlands.

    The proportion of over-65 women receiving supplementary pensions has grown over the past decade, though the gender gap is still substantial. Generally, women receive only half the amount male pensioners get, according to Statistics Netherlands.

    Half of women received supplementary pensions in 2000 in addition to the general old age pension (AOW). The proportion for women was 59 percent in 2010 versus 92 percent for men.

    In the category women living with a partner (married or unmarried), the proportion was relatively low, but this category showed the fastest growth from 21 percent in 2000 to 36 percent in 2010.

    The proportion of single women receiving supplementary pensions grew little. These women often build up a pension during their active career or receive a surviving relatives’ pension. The gender gap for single women is much smaller than for over-65s living with partners.


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