Would a ‘Dan-ban’ be better than Labour’s man-ban?

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Dan Satherley has popped out from under his rock and written an article about some research that purports to show that it’s been proven that women’s presence causes corruption to decrease, rather than women being attracted to roles in which there already is a lower amount of corruption.

Dan suggests that maybe Labour was onto something with the ‘man-ban’. Quote.

The researchers say the reduced amount of corruption has to be a result of women’s policymaking decisions, because companies and other private organisations don’t see the same benefit when they hire more women.

These results do not necessarily mean that women are inherently less corrupt. In fact, their findings suggest otherwise,” the study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, said.

“If women are indeed less corrupt, then there should be a significant negative correlation between all these measures of female participation and corruption.” […] End of quote.

Not advancing the thesis, so far …  apparently it only applies in politics. Quote.

So what is it about women that leads to less corruption in politics, but not business?

“An extensive body of prior research shows that women politicians choose policies that are more closely related to the welfare of women, children, and family,” the study said. “Previous research has established that a greater presence of women in government is associated with better education and health outcomes.”

The research also found bribery of politicians was less common in countries with more equal gender representation.

In February, New Zealand was once again ranked the least-corrupt country in the world by Transparency International. Forty-six of our 120 MPs are women – 38 percent, the highest in our history.

Only six countries have a female-majority government, according to Inter-Parliamentary Union – Bulgaria, France, Nicaragua, Sweden, Canada and Slovenia. […] End of quote.

Okay, so let’s have a look at the ranking from Transparency International for these female majority governments. Clearly, they should all be right up there with New Zealand at the top of the pile. After all, if New Zealand can get to number one in the corruption index when we only have 38% women in government, these countries with a majority should be hard on our heels:

  • Bulgaria – 71, oh, dear – not a promising start.
  • France – 23, getting better.
  • Nicaragua – 151, well that blows the theory right out of the water.
  • Sweden – 6=, now we are getting somewhere.
  • Canada – 8, not bad.
  • Slovenia – 34, oops, slipping again.

What about Qatar where the percentage of women in government is in single digits?  Must be right down near Nicaragua, surely?  Nope, 29th, ahead of Slovenia.

And in the real world, how are the women getting on in the recent fraud cases?

  • Opal Taylor, $384,666 – Local Body manager, June 2018.
  • Nadeen Chapman, $707,737 – Travel agent, February 2018. (Are they ‘avin’ a larf? ‘707’ ‘737’ – looks like an airline 0800 number.)
  • Toddy Shepard, $103,000 – Charity manager, still awaiting trial.
  • Hemo Kerewai, $175,000 – Social services trust manager, March & June 2018.
  • Joanne Harrison, $726,000 – Ministry of Transport manager, October 2017.

And let’s not forget our very own Metiria Turei, an admitted fraudster and member of parliament.

I am not convinced by the stats that back this article by Dan; perhaps he feels the need to apologise for “being a man”?

I am offended at being gender stereotyped and gender profiled because I am male.  If I was a politician I would, supposedly, be more corrupt than if I was female. I thought that stereotyping and profiling like this were not approved these days.  This type of thinking is what leads to the lack of male role models in the teaching and early childhood professions.

Dan, you have some mansplaining to do.


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