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JRE Speaks to Sheffield Members on 8th August – UKIP Leadership 2017
Some of you may have noticed a news item yesterday about a Google employee – a Harvard-educated software engineer named James D’Amore – who has been fired for publishing a 10-page memo questioning the company’s diversity policies (link below).
D’Amore’s sin was not, according to the company, expressing a view. It was not being anti-diversity: he makes clear in the memo that he is pro diversity and wants to see it done more effectively. His sin was to use as evidence the idea that men and women have different traits.
He describes these traits in ways which make clear the positives about women and the negatives about men – perhaps even in a rather biased way (biased towards women).
But the very fact that he has suggested that the disparity in representation of women and men in software engineering may be something to do with the differences between men and women, got him fired.
To paraphrase Google CEO Sunder Pichai’s take on Voltaire: ‘I disapprove what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it. You’re fired.’
In fact, the whole thrust of D’Amore’s thesis was that it was a political bias to the left and against conservatism within Google that was the problem, and was making people with divergent views feel ‘unsafe’ within the company. Google fired him for saying it, apparently having no sense of irony whatsoever.
I think you will agree with me that any organisation that can fire a man for writing this – and whose mission is to obtain, organise, control and sell ‘the world’s information’ – represents exactly the chilling, illiberal, authoritarian oppression that we were founded to oppose.
Voltaire also said: ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities’.
I believe that every UKIP member should boycott Google, and encourage everyone else they know to do the same. There is evil abroad, masquerading as virtue. We must fight it.
A new study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies proves that UKIP were right to ‘stand alone’ in resisting delays to state pension for women.
Andrew Charalambous, UKIP’s Work and Pensions Spokesman claimed “The effect of cutting £74 a week from household benefits has been to make older women poorer and to significantly increase the likelihood British pensioners will find themselves trapped in poverty. We cannot stand by while so many British pensioners, who worked hard to build the British economy, will have to choose again in a few months time between heating and eating”.
The IFS has demonstrated that absolute poverty rates fir British women aged between 60 and 62 had soared from 15 to 21%. Reforms to state pension are saving the Treasury £4.2bn a year but leaving a million more women with £50 a week less in their purse.
Charalambous went on to say “Tory blind austerity has failed Britain. 7.6 million women will lose nearly £10,000 each yet public sector debt is still standing tall at £1.75trn. UKIP appear to be the only party fighting to stop our country becoming a nation where only the very wealthy can afford to retire.”
Anne Marie Waters recently launched her UKIP leadership campaign ‘For Britain’. This new campaign ad sets out her vision for UKIP and for Britain.
Anne Marie Waters recently announced her bid for UKIP leadership. At a venue in Rotherham, Anne Marie outlined her vision for UKIP. In the hour long speech she launched her Manifesto for Forgotten Britain, explaining to a room full of UKIP members why she is the strong leader the party, and Britain, needs.