Godfrey Bloom: criticised for comments.
The UKIP MEP for Yorkshire, Godfrey Bloom, is one of those rare specimens of the political world, he has lived, worked and run a business in the real world and when it comes to talking about how the EU adversely affects businesses he knows what he is talking about.
It was he, you may recall, who was slagged off by the media and all sorts of Women's groups for stating the obvious: "No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age." The simple fact is small businesses cannot afford it.
Such piffling matters are of no concern to the EU, which seems to propose legislation that the large multinational businesses can cope with but will destroy small to medium sized companies. It is now proposing that maternity pay is tripled for pregnant women by forcing employers to give them full pay for the first 18 weeks of maternity leave, the burden such a measure would impose on many smaller businesses could mean the difference of survival or total collapse in hard economic times such as those we are entering into, or a savage cut in profits during better times.
Such a move would see many businesses taking the advice given by Godfrey Bloom and many younger women finding it extremely difficult to find employment or for an improvement to their career prospects. Once again the EU is poking its nose in where it is unwanted and leaving a trail of chaos behind it. Godfrey was also famous for saying that women should clean behind the fridge, if the EU has its way that will be all that is left for them to do!