Britons of a certain age will mourn the passing of the
animator Oliver Postgate.
As a bootstrapping filmmaking entrepreneur, who worked from a
shed and who smashed the established slow and costly ways of production, we at
Mind Your Own Business particularly admired him.
Although there are
hints of a Marxist subtext in his Bagpuss,
possibly the most loved British children’s television show of all time, an elegant essay on his website gave
an example of the Law of Unintended Consequences that entrepreneurs might
Maternity rights granted to employees at the expense of employers
by the French government result in less employment of women.
That is the consequence of the government’s action. It was
obviously not the intention. Yet the government ought to have foreseen that
consequence, intended or not.
Such “rights” usually end up harming the very people they
are intended to benefit.
Newsreader Selina Scott – another
figure beloved by male Britons of a certain age – is said to have received
a £250,000 payout under new age discrimination laws.
The consequence of that, far from protecting older
employees, is that employers will now be frightened of even talking to older