Comments on: All merit is equal – but some merit is more equal Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Oliver Chettle Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:29:42 +0000 Please stop playing this worn-out old record. Women born many decades ago may still have some disadvantages, but any young woman who blames her sex for her failures needs to get real, and the evidence that in Western cultures boys are now the disadvantaged sex becomes stronger every year. It is impossible to be fair to everyone – including males – while refighting old identity politics battles that have already been won. Do you think that women should get half the seats on FTSE 100 boards even if more men want them? If so you are not in favour of promotion on merit, but of sexual discrimination against men. International Women’s Day is sexist and should be scrapped.

By: Andrew Yates Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:12:00 +0000 In the private sector, where all wealth is generated, merit is judged by the contribution to owner or shareholder value. It is the owner of the business who takes the risk and deserves to be rewarded. If you contribute more than others to generating the reward, you should achieve and receive, more than those who contribute less.

If an owner believes a change in working methods will generate greater rewards, he / she will pursue it. If the change is demanded simply to change employment statistics, it is without merit and will not be adopted.

A discussion of different types of merit may have validity in the rarified atmosphere of the business schools and universities, but, in the real world where good businesses prosper and the rest go to the wall, it is a luxury that cannot be afforded.

Hard work and dedication is not enough. It is output, not input, that matters.