Women In The Workplace And Accents

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 18th July 2014

WOMEN in the Workplace

I am a woman who has worked all my life. I am not a feminist but I believe in Women’s Rights -  if a woman does the same job as a man, she should be paid the same rate – something which did not exist in the heyday of my career when my colleague and I were paid half the remuneration of the men and when we complained were told where was the door.

I also believe that a job should be given to the person with the most ability and not to shoe-horn women or ethnics into jobs just because they are what they are.

I feel affronted by Mr. Cameron’s elevation of several women into prime jobs in parliament purely because, I believe, he thinks this will appeal to the electorate. I was very sorry to see Mr. Gove sidelined because I truly believe he was trying very hard to address all the problems in teaching which have accrued over the years – poor teaching, poor standards, poor grammar etc and so forth. How can so many youngsters leave school illiterate?  

We have one of the richest languages on the planet and it is being eroded by the day. I can’t find it now but there is a sentence knocking around in the ether – if you put a comma separately after each word the sentence entirely changes meaning. And we have those who argue that grammar is not necessary – sorry but it certainly is. My mother left school at 14 but she could spell, write and punctuate correctly and add-up to the day that dementia beganto take her away from us.

I was totally shocked the other day when a friend asked me how I would pronounce EJOG – I thought it was some kind of acronym – no, apparently it was how pupils in some part of London thought that was how HEDGEHOG was spelled because that is how the teacher pronounced it.

I am tired of this over emphasis on Accents – I don’t mind what the accent is if it is comprehensible but some in this country are incomprehensible beyond the areas in which they originate. Surely the art of communication is comprehension!! But these days RP (Received pronounciation) is ridiculed. However put a person with RP anywhere and everyone including foreigners know exactly what they are saying.

Many years ago whilst working in Bristol we had an absolutely delightful chap who worked as a scene hand. He was from Glasgow and his accent was incredibly broad. Our conversations were always one sided – he would speak and I would nod, say Yes or No and hope I’d said them in the correct place. I simply couldn’t make out what he was saying.

I really am a Grumpy Old Woman but I do find that more and more and more people agree with me.

What do you think? Send your feedback to contact@jan-leeming.com.