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About wonkypolicywonk

Wonkypolicywonk is a policy minion, assigned wonky at birth, who has been lucky enough to work for two of the very best MPs in the House of Commons, and before that at Maternity Action, Working Families, Citizens Advice, the National Audit Office, the Law Society, and Amnesty International UK.

Is the paternity leave system “broken”?

How many women go on statutory maternity pay in the UK each year? Go on, have a guess. Or maybe you know the number? Perhaps you do. Or maybe you just think you do. According to news reports last month … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Brexit Unfolded, by Chris Grey

If you’re looking for a forensic yet highly readable account of the batshit-crazy craziness of Brexit and its various leading advocates since they unexpectedly stormed to victory over common sense in June 2016, then Chris Grey’s Brexit Unfolded is the … Continue reading

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So, The Moderate Voices have a new album out. Is it any good?

Woman: I lost my job because I said sex matters! Women: WTAF? This is a terrible set-back for women’s rights. The Moderate Voices: Trans women are women, non-binary identities are valid, and Jolyon Maugham is super wonderful. Woman: But … … Continue reading

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Employment Tribunal claims: Will the Lewis-Thomson Theorem pass the test of time?

With the release this morning of the latest set of quarterly Employment Tribunal (ET) statistics, covering Q4 of 2020/21 (Jan – Mar 2021), and with last week having seen the latest farcical performance of the ‘spot a quirk in the … Continue reading

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Garbage press reports about ET claims soar since Covid lockdown

AGE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS IN SCOTLAND SOAR BY 13,000%, THEN DROP LIKE A BRICK By Amelia Hill, Senior Reporter at the Guardian, Charles Hymas, Home Affairs Editor of the Telegraph, Giles Sheldrick, Chief Reporter at the Daily Express, Steve Doughty at … Continue reading

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You never miss the ET claims, until they are gone

With apologies to Chaka Khan, the latest set of weekly HMCTS management information on the backlog of Employment Tribunal (ET) cases – which the Ministry of Injustice has been publishing since the fourth month of the pandemic, alongside that for … Continue reading

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Hey, Barons Adonis & Cashman, some Bills are only about women. Get over it.

Last week, it emerged that Hibo Wardere, a survivor of and indefatigable campaigner against what even the woke kids at Amnesty International still call Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), has started selling T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “I am a woman. … Continue reading

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Employment Tribunals: The Times they are a-changin’

Yes, as you will know unless you are spending #Lockdown3 on Mars, on Monday the Times newspaper and its Investigations Editor Dominic Kennedy went Back to the Future of 2011, with not one but four articles straight out of the … Continue reading

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Binary arithmetic

News that the global Covid19 lockdown has led to two pandas in Hong Kong Zoo mating for the first time in ten years seems as good a reason as any for me to blog, for the first time, about sex. … Continue reading

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ET claims: no sign of the end of garbage press reports

Previously on this blog, I have noted that this year sees the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970. And I suppose it was only to be expected that one or more law firms would use … Continue reading

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