Mounds of baby wipes clog Thames

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

piece by Ben Webster, Environment Editor, in Wednesday’s Times:

More than 5,000 wet wipes have been found on a short stretch of the Thames foreshore, the highest concentration recorded.

They have changed the shape of the riverbed near Hammersmith Bridge in west London, creating mounds visible at low tide, according to the charity Thames21. It held a litter pick during which 5,453 wet wipes were collected from a 116 sq m patch — almost 50 per square metre.

Wipes enter the river via sewerage overflow pipes having been flushed down lavatories. About 20 billion are used annually in the UK and many contain resins to hold fibres together, preventing them from breaking down in water. Water companies say that wipes, particularly baby wipes, make up 93 per cent of the material that causes sewer blockages, combining with cooking oil poured down drains to form “fatbergs”.

There is a sewerage overflow pipe close to where the wipes were found on the Thames but the main reason so many gathered there is because it is on the inside of a bend, where the water moves more slowly.

“Do not flush” labels on packaging are not prominent enough, Thames21 said. Debbie Leach, its chief executive, said wipes were a less obvious problem in rivers than other litter, such as plastic bottles, because they tended to sink. The low mounds they form look natural from a distance because they combine with sediment and twigs.

“The sheer quantity of these wet wipes shows the urgency of this problem,” she said. “As a country, action is being taken about other products which contain plastic such as bottles and cotton buds. We now need to widen our attention to include wet wipes and sanitary products which contain plastic and are being flushed into our rivers.”

Chinese scientists have developed technology which they say could make wipes that are strong when being used but disintegrate easily in water.

Many types of wipe use resins to hold fibres together and these prevent them from breaking down in water. A team from Donghua University, in Shanghai found a way of entangling fibres without using resins by firing jets of water at them.

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Caroline Criado Perez is a blithering idiot – episode #47

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

Caroline Criado Perez remains the leading Lying Feminist of the Month, with three awards to her name. Yesterday she was a commentator for the full hour of Daily Politics, with the feminist presenter Jo Coburn. You’ll need a BBC licence to watch the programme through the link, on iPlayer.

CCP’s evident excitement at seeing her own image on a screen in the studio may be (it’s only a hunch) attributable to Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a common trait among young feminists – Special Snowflake (aka Laura Bates) being another obvious example).

CCP says in the programme that what drives her is “blind rage”, for example the shocking realisation (whilst she was jogging) that all the statues in Parliament Square were of men. She must be in a blind rage most days. Given their narcissism, CCP and Special Snowflake will undoubtedly have their own names on “Google Search”, so will be alerted to this blog post. A happy thought.

Over 0:30 – 11:25 CCP witters on about the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square, women on banknotes, and makes some outrageous comments about gender-specific healthcare provision in relation to the breast screening IT failure, which is estimated to have resulted in the region of 135 – 270 early deaths of elderly women. A non-feminist presenter could have pointed out that in Britain today fewer women die of breast cancer than men die of prostate cancer, and there has long been a national screening programme for the former but none for the latter – and no plans to introduce one. Predictably, Jo Coburn didn’t make that point. Healthcare provision for women far exceeds that for men, as we detailed in our last manifesto (pp. 61-5).

There’s only so much CCP I can take on one day, so if anyone can email me (mike@j4mb.org.uk) with the times of her other contributions, I’d be grateful, and will add them to this blog piece.

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Tour De Yorkshire: Prize money for women’s one-day race higher than for the men’s three-day race

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

Our thanks to a supporter for this. Extracts:

Tour de Yorkshire organisers have turned this year’s race into the most lucrative on the women’s calendar, offering a first prize for the one-day event that will exceed the men’s winnings for their three-day stage race over the same weekend…

“Compared to our men’s race, if a rider won all three stages in that, and the overall, they would make €14,000, so that is 40% more,” said Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. The total prize purse will be €63,623. “The aim was always to create the most lucrative women’s race on the planet,” Verity added. “There are three things women cyclists have been asking for: the same course as the men, the same media coverage and financial parity. [J4MB emphasis. Confusing. Have the women cyclists not been asking for a race of the same duration as the men’s race? An oversight, surely?] All three are valid criteria and we hope we can address all three. What I don’t want is for my daughter to say to me: ‘I want to be a professional cyclist’ and for me to have to answer: ‘how will you earn a living?’”

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Snowflake students at Cambridge University are being given GUINEA PIGS to help ease their stress levels – including three named after feminist icons

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

Picture of Laura McClintock, Dr Jane Greatorex, Amy Hamizah Haidi and Aoife Byrne with the guinea pigs (left - right)

Picture of Laura McClintock, Dr Jane Greatorex, Amy Hamizah Haidi and Aoife Byrne with the guinea pigs (left – right)

Our thanks to Mike P for this. Extracts:

Students at Cambridge University are being given guinea pigs to help ease their stress levels.

Bosses at the famous university’s Lucy Cavendish College say the furry pets will improve mental wellbeing.

Three of the pets have been named after feminist icons. One’s moniker is inspired by suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and is called Emmeline Squeakhurst…

Senior Tutor Jane Greatorex said: ‘We are dedicated to promoting mental wellbeing amongst our students, and numerous studies over the years have shown the benefits of owning pets including stress-relief and getting outside to enjoy our beautiful gardens.

‘We hope that our new friends [J4MB: She refers to the guinea pigs as friends. What is wrong with women like her?] settle in quickly and help relieve any stress over the approaching period of exams. Thanks to Scotsdales Garden Centres for finding them for us.’ [J4MB: Finding them? Do guinea pigs roam wild in Cambridgeshire?]…

Student Union Officer, Laura McClintock, said: ‘In the short time I’ve been here I’ve missed having pets. I think it’ll be good for us to care for them, and a welcome distraction from deadlines.’

Lucy Cavendish is one of three women-only university colleges in England and only accepts postgraduates and women over 21.

Women are strong! Women are amazing!! Women over 21 at women-only colleges need guinea pigs named after feminist icons to distract them from deadlines!!!

When some of these women make it into FTSE350 boardrooms as a result of gender quotas – how else could Snowflakes get there? – will they take their guinea pigs into meetings, to help them cope with the stress?

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Record £17m haul of illegal impotence pills seized last year in the UK. Police on the lookout for hardened criminals.

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

piece in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph.

The second sentence in the headline was inspired by the late, great, Ronnie Barker. He was born in my adopted home town for the past 20 years, the throbbing metropolis of Bedford. Likewise John Le MesurierAl Murray, “The Pub Landlord”, went to Bedford School, where he ended up as Head Boy.

Bedford. It’s my kinda town.

[Correction: The joke was related not by Ronnie Barker (though I suspect it was written by him), but by Ronnie Corbett, in The Two Ronnies (1971-87). Our thanks to the Evening Standard for Corbett’s ten best jokes published after his death. #4 is this:

A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston by-pass. Motorists are asked to be on the look-out for 16 hardened criminals.

We can but hope the BBC one day returns to making funny comedy shows and sitcoms, as long-suffering licence fee payers have a right to expect.]

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First sexist madness, then racist madness. Boards struggling to hit ethnic targets.

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

piece by Gurpreet Narwan in today’s Times:

Most directors sit on boards with only white members and many believe that their companies will struggle to meet the government’s commitment to ending all-white boards within six years.

Britain’s biggest public companies should have at least one non-white director within three years, according to the Parker Review, a government-backed report, which says that corporate decision-making will improve if boards are more diverse.

To hit this target companies still have “considerable work to do”, research by Ridgeway Partners, an executive headhunter, found. Its survey of FTSE 350 directors found that 64 per cent are on all-white boards and 79 per cent of those say that their company is not on track to recruit a non-white board member by the Parker Review’s deadline, which is 2021 for FTSE 100 companies and 2024 for each FTSE 250 board.

Companies are making progress with increasing the number of women on boards. More than two thirds of FTSE 350 board members said that their employers were on track to meet a government objective for 33 per cent of board members to be women by 2020. Almost three quarters of FTSE 100 board members felt they were on track.

Louise Angel, of Ridgeway Partners, said that achieving greater ethnic diversity among board members was “still a relatively new agenda topic for a lot of companies” but predicted “progress over the next few years, in the same way that we have seen a big improvement in gender diversity since 2011”.

Of those surveyed, half said that they would like more ethnic diversity on boards, while 43 per cent said they would welcome more gender diversity. Only 18 per cent listed boardroom diversity as one of their most important considerations.

The report also found that 26 per cent thought their board’s level of engagement with community stakeholders was “insufficient”. Customer engagement was also described as insufficient by 20 per cent of respondents.

Ms Angel said that community engagement needed improving but that in recent years boardrooms had “consistently adapted and evolved to absorb new responsibilities”.

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Lower payouts put wives off divorce as fewer get meal tickets for life

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

piece by Nadeem Badshah in today’s Times:

More women are refraining from divorcing their husbands because of the smaller court settlements being awarded, according to lawyers.

Experts said that fewer wives were being awarded income for life and were increasingly having settlements restricted to a few years. The law firm Hall Brown has dealt with 380 divorce cases over the past year, 30 of which were later shelved because the couple decided not to go ahead.

James Brown, the managing partner at the Manchester firm, said that many divorcing couples “may have little genuine insight into their true financial circumstances, and might have second thoughts when told about the settlement which they may receive”.

Ministry of Justice figures showed last year that orders for payments had fallen by 5 per cent since 2011, and lump sum orders, which allow for a clean break, had risen by 10 per cent over the period.

Last month, Kim Waggott, 49, lost out on a lifetime of maintenance payments after going back to court to challenge her 2012 settlement, which included £175,000 a year for the rest of her life in addition to a £9.76 million lump sum.

The judge ruled that her maintenance payments from her ex-husband, William, 54, the former finance controller of UCI cinemas, should stop after three years, overturning the decision. The couple were married for 21 years and lived in a £4.3 million property near Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, before splitting in 2012.

Toby Hales, of the law firm Seddons, said it was “rare now to see a maintenance order that is to be paid for the rest of one’s life”.

“There is no doubt that the expected level of generosity of the courts has diminished significantly,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

The other factor putting people off was the cost of the process, he said. “If people are not able to agree the settlement . . . they can look forward to spending potentially tens of thousands of pounds on the process.”

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Women’s Equality Party ‘very proud’ of election results after first ever Hackney candidate loses

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

Our thanks to Sandra for this. Sophie “Doughnuts” Walker is proud of Harini Iyengar losing. The end of the piece:

Sophie Walker, WEP leader, tweeted: “Love this woman @Harini_Iyengar. She’s an inspiration to me and so many others. Congratulations on a brilliant campaign that has laid the foundation for a bright future.”

Party co-founder Catherine Mayer, who campaigned for Iyengar in Hackney, tweeted: “Plus @Harini_Iyengar also won the support of 12.8 per cent of

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