Scottish Stupidity

This amused me:

The Scottish Parliament has become the latest building to introduce free sanitary products for all staff and visitors.

The move follows concern over the accessibility and affordability of tampons and towels.

The decision from the all-party Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body means free sanitary products will be available in all 42 women’s toilets.

It was hailed as a “win for gender equality” by MSP Kezia Dugdale.

The cost of providing the free sanitary products is expected to be between £2,000 and £3,000 a year.

Ms Dugdale, who is a member of the corporate body, said women often found it difficult to access sanitary products during the working day.

Basically, the taxpayer is subsidising the grocery shopping of those who work in the Scottish Parliament, most of whom will be rather handsomely paid in comparison with said taxpayer. For instance, the annual salary of an MSP such as Kezia Dugdale is over £62k per year (.pdf); the median wage in Scotland is just over £23k.

This isn’t the first time a government policy has been aimed at subsidising the lifestyles of the wealthy middle classes (which coincidentally includes those making the policy) at the expense of the poor. In fact, it pretty much defines most policies these days.

Despite half of the population experiencing menstruation at some point, very few workplaces have taken steps to become period-friendly and that’s why I’m pleased the Scottish Parliament is leading by example.

Many of those women experiencing menstruation will be poor, single mothers who don’t work at or visit the Scottish parliament, and who no doubt struggle to purchase groceries thanks to their taxes being frittered away by grifters in Holyrood.

Her Labour colleague, Monica Lennon, is bringing forward a member’s bill to create a statutory duty for free provision of sanitary products.

Ms Lennon also welcomed the move and called on other parliaments, buildings and employers to take similar action.

It’s not just the economics that are stupid here. I can guarantee that within a very short period (ahem), these free sanitary products will be snaffled in bulk, leaving none available or costing a fortune to replace. You cannot leave boxes of sanitary pads and tampons lying around in a staff toilet any more than you can install a machine on the street which dispenses cans of Coke for free. Perhaps this would work in Japan, maybe in a select few other countries, but the UK isn’t among them. And what’s amusing is you can be damned sure the sort of women who will fill their handbags with these items for use at home, thus wrecking the system, will be the right-on lefties who dreamed it up in the first place. Modern lefties always strike me as the sort who’d steal the sugar sachets from Little Chef while lecturing the rest of us on how selfish we are.

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29 thoughts on “Scottish Stupidity

  1. I knew lefties at Uni who used to regularly go into the Uni toilets and steal loads of toilet rolls (in the days before toilet rolls were kept in lockable dispensers). These were students who were neither poor at the time, or likely to be poor later on. But they were virtuous lefties who complained about oppression a lot, and apparently the University was an oppressor, so they were allowed to steal the rolls.

  2. But they were virtuous lefties who complained about oppression a lot, and apparently the University was an oppressor, so they were allowed to steal the rolls.

    And thus they proved, once again, and by their own actions, why communism can never work…

    I’m sure if confronted by it they’d say that under communism they wouldn’t act the same way because reasons, but they know deep down they would be the ones hoarding toilet rolls. If there were any to be had….

  3. Well, if you want to see where the government giving away free stuff gets to if left unchecked – look no further than the NHS and its ongoing funding requirements.

  4. It strikes me as very French: lots of benefits for fonctionnaires, some benefits for employees of large companies, and diddly-squat for the rest of the population.

    This is the New Left proposal: vote for us if you’re employed in the public-sector.

  5. Bloody hell, that means in theory the Scottish will have their Tax Freedom Day slightly later than the poms will. Not sure when it is for the “UK” this year but it was the 12th June last year.

    We just had ours last Friday the 18th May 18 in Australia, although they are looking at abolishing GST on these products, which will probably add a couple of hours on to our for next year.

  6. Modern lefties always strike me as the sort who’d steal the sugar sachets from Little Chef while lecturing the rest of us on how selfish we are.

    Or possibly:
    Modern lefties always strike me as the sort who’d steal the sugar sachets from Little Chef while proposing sugar taxes and lecturing the rest of us on how we should cut down on sugar for our health.

    I cite in example the Rt Hon bathukolpian member for Hippopotamia, who is looking more and more like Robert Mugabe.

  7. Seeing that video clip, TMB, it was Idi Amin jumped to mind, rather than Mugabe. What with the uniform jacket & such. She’s not claiming to be the rightful Queen of Scotland yet, is she?

  8. Surely providing free goods for only one gender is sexist? If it was free jonnies in the blokes loo what would the reaction be?

  9. Seeing that video clip, TMB, it was Idi Amin jumped to mind, rather than Mugabe. What with the uniform jacket & such. She’s not claiming to be the rightful Queen of Scotland yet, is she?

    More and more, I think Idi Amin’s claims should have been recognized and him installed as the rightful king in Holyrood. He would have suited the Scots perfectly and been considerably less embarrassing than Wee Eck, Nicola Sturgeon or any of the other ScotNats.

  10. Ms Dugdale… said women often found it difficult to access sanitary products during the working day.

    1. Aren’t women less likely to be working and therefore more likely to be able to get to the shops on a workday?

    2. Don’t shops in Scotland deliver, or open late?

    3. If “no” to 2, why do I suspect that the reason is some law passed by Ms Dugdale and her friends?

    Modern lefties always strike me as the sort who’d steal the sugar sachets from Little Chef while lecturing the rest of us on how selfish we are.

    And now I want to keep an eye out on the people taking bulk plastic bags from the free dispensary in the park, and see if they’re the sort who want force us to switch back to paper or canvas.

  11. “Modern lefties always strike me as the sort who’d steal the sugar sachets from Little Chef while lecturing the rest of us on how selfish we are.”

    The more I learn about Moral Licencing the more I realise it describes lefties to perfection

  12. Ye gods what a condescending attitude these women pols have! How is that “equality”?? Are women really so addled and helpless that they need mummy and daddy government to buy them the most basic of hygiene needs?

    I don’t give it a second thought – keep a couple spares stashed in my desk drawer, backpack, purse, truck. Sheesh! What is wrong with people these days? Can’t they do anything for themselves?

  13. It’s a rather odd specific cause to suddenly decide needs everyone else to pay for. When thinking of the cost of hygiene why do they start and end on women’s sanitary products? If you can make the case for tampons then I can’t see why the exact same case couldn’t apply to e.g. toilet roll.

    Of course government provided toilet roll would be a nightmare (as would female sanitary products). I imagine nation-wide shortages in the near future. The lovely socialist future the well-to-do middle class imagine probably doesn’t involve them having to resort to stuffing rags inside themselves because some central planner fucked up yet again.

  14. I like socialism and its free stuff. This seems however to involve two aspects:

    1) free stuff for some already with money;

    2) extra free stuff for those who have never made any contribution to the economy (as in, health tourists milking the NHS and buggering off without paying).

    The only down side is to get more freebies, some poor saps have to go to Scotland.

  15. “When is the bra subsidy coming?”

    It’s the jock-strap subsidy we should all be waiting for.

  16. “If you can make the case for tampons then I can’t see why the exact same case couldn’t apply to e.g. toilet roll.”

    To be fair, they probably do generally provide toilet roll in the bogs, so that’s not a terribly good example.

  17. If you want to see the future, look at the past:

    http://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/corena/chap0.htm

    Hit the “NEXT” link bottom left for next instalment of the series … It is more sane than the stuff coming out of the Scottish parliament.

    (Switch sarcasm ON) However, it does make the case persuasively for disenfranchising women. if they cannot make arrangements to buy the necessary items for themselves which they will need on a predictable basis, surely they are feeble minded enough to be denied the vote? (Switch sarcasm OFF)

  18. “Ms Dugdale, who is a member of the corporate body, said women often found it difficult to access sanitary products during the working day.”

    Never yet been in a public or private building’s loo that didn’t have a machine on the wall. What the hell is she talking about?

  19. “Ms Dugdale, who is a member of the corporate body, said women often found it difficult to access sanitary products during the working day.”

    How hard is to bring some along with you? Or nip out to the shop if necessary? And if there’s a machine in the loo, why can’t you pay for it with money, rather than being given it free?

  20. Julia,
    I don’t frequent the ladies myself but that was my understanding. Unless of course you can’t install vending machines in Scottish bogs because the clientele rob them?

  21. Mal Reynolds; re govt issued toilet paper,when I first joined the Army the bog paper in the washrooms was a horrible smooth paper not dissimilar to greaseproof paper,ie really not absorbent at all,took you 10 minutes to properly wipe your arse.
    we called it John Wayne because it wouldn’t take any shit off anyone,awful stuff.

  22. @Dave: good point in this instance! Though I meant more generally in light of calls for government provided tampons everywhere

  23. A country which just introduced minimum pricing for alcohol, an overtly regressive tax, isn’t going to worry about getting poor working people in Glasgow tenements paying for tampons for wealthy politicians.

  24. This “Many of those women experiencing menstruation will be poor, single mothers who don’t work at or visit the Scottish parliament, and who no doubt struggle to purchase groceries thanks to their taxes being frittered away”
    is not true, people who are poor don’t pay net taxes so nothing of theirs is wasted.

    Saying that, it is a stupid idea, keep up the good work.

  25. MyBurningEars; yeah that’s the stuff,each sheet had printed on it “Property of HM Forces” or something like that.

  26. How’s this a win for gender equality? Were men getting free tampons before and only now women are also getting them for free? This is surely unequal, unless the men’s bogs have vending machines that dispense Special Brew and grumble mags

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