Risky Girls Show Up Hancock and Zahawi

Tory MPs Matthew Hancock and Nadhim Zahawi argued in their modish 2011 book “Masters of Nothing” that the banking crisis was partly due to a lack of women in trading rooms. Too much testosterone contributed to the debt crisis apparently. They backed up their argument with some mumbo-jumbo from neurobiology which basically dressed up stereotypes as science. Research just published by the Bundesbank based on an analysis of German bank executive teams from 1994 to 2010 suggests that this analysis is not backed up by the evidence. The research found that banks with a higher proportion of female executives “lead to a more risky conduct of business”.

So oestrogen-fuelled trading rooms will be no calmer…




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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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