Walk into any new car showroom these days and you see displayed next to the glistening motors a fact sheet about performance of the vehicle, economy and CO2 emissions. Most of us are sold on the shiny motor, how it looks and feels and don’t really give a second thought to what road tax will have to be paid. Maybe we will decide whether to purchase a petrol engine model, diesel, electric or hybrid, but that’s as far as any thought process goes about performance.
It seems only fitting that on the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote the momentum surrounding women’s equality is stronger than ever. With all the ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘Me Too’ campaigns it’s hard to ignore the fact that despite how far equal rights have come, women are still having to fight to get equality in the workplace. This is no different for the issue of equal pay and with recent, high profile scandals within the BBC and Tesco it seems that this is going to be very much in the foreground for the foreseeable future, and quite rightly so!
Within this column we have previously outlined the agreement reached towards the end of last year to guarantee the rights of non-UK nationals to remain in the UK post Brexit. As we draw closer to the 29th March 2019 exit date, issues begin to arise about what will happen from this day onwards. Fuel was added to the flames this week by the Prime Minister Theresa May who, speaking on a trade visit to China indicated that anyone not already settled in the UK by 29th March 2019 would not be treated the same as someone already here.