A Bit of Politics & Sociology
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 95 17:29:11 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: A Bit of Politics & Sociology
From: WhiteBoard News for January 18, 1995
"This is a high-tech pacemaker, and it's designed to
stop when you vote against a Republican bill."
-- an obviously Republican doctor to state Senate
Democratic Caucus Chairman Sid Snyder of Long Beach,
Washington, who had a pacemaker implanted last week
after a fainting spell.
Washington, District of Columbia:
"If I can go from burglar for the government to talk
show host, you can go from entertainer to congressman."
G. Gordon Liddy, speaking to newly elected
Representative Sonny Bono, R-Calif.
[Is this another thing that only works if you're Republican? -psl]
Men don't have the right to wear a skirt to work, even
though women can wear traditionally male trousers and
ties, a British industrial tribunal ruled Friday.
For eight years, Paul Kara's bosses at London Hackney
Council didn't complain when he wore women's leggings
and blouses to work. But when he appeared in skirts
twice last April, the council drew the line.
Kara sued the council after being told not to wear
"I don't think Mr. Kara coming to work in women's
clothing will help us" present a competent image, said
Ian Wilson, Kara's boss in the Social Services
Department of the east London council, which has a
reputation as one of London's most tolerant.
Kara argued that his female colleagues wore pants,
suits and ties to work. But the industrial tribunal
ruled that there was no discrimination, because the
women were wearing clothes designed for women based on
men's clothing, whereas Kara was wearing clothing not
intended for men.
Kara's wife, Helen, said her husband's choices were
"He wouldn't wear a lycra miniskirt to work, whereas
he might wear it to a nightclub," she said.
© 1995 Peter Langston