Posts of the week: Suspicions about polling and sacked from first job

Welcome to my weekly round-up of two blogging highlights from the past week: the post that I found most interesting or enjoyable to write and the post from someone else that I found most interesting or entertaining.

A post from me…

What’s so special about political polling?

A political polling event last week triggered a thought that has been knocking around at the back of my mind for a little while now:

Given that we know political polling goes wrong without extra adjustments beyond the basic demographic and lifestyle ones, why should we trust polling on other topics to be right without any extra adjustments?

You can read my full post here.

… and a post from someone else

Sacked from her first job

From Lynne Featherstone MP:

I got sacked from my first job.

It was a small design/advertising agency and one night during my six week trial period – one of the Directors asked if I would join him and a blue chip client for the show reel and drinks. Afterwards he offered me a lift home, insisted on stopping for a drink on the way home and as he dropped my at my mother’s house – made a pretty crude lunge at me. I told him where to go – and the next day I was fired.

I sobbed my heart out to my mother – who said it was just one of life’s lessons. Thank goodness these days (I hate to admit this was over thirty-five years ago) it isn’t just one of life’s lessons – it is sexism, bullying and discrimination – and we have laws against it!

But despite having pretty advanced equalities legislation – reality on the street means that women still find they are paid less than men; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of our community still feel defined by their sexual orientation rather than their personality or skills. Black and ethnic minority teenagers are still condemned daily by assumptions and prejudice.

Read the full post from Lynne here.

Spotted any other great posts this week that I may have missed? Let me know in the comments.

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