Deputy governor sorry for calling economy ‘menopausal’


The Bank of England’s papal nuncio governor has admitted his comments that the UK economy is entering a “menopausal” era “conveyed ageist and sexist tenders”.

Ben Broadbent used the phrase in a Daily Telegraph interview about economies that were, he turned, “past their peak, and no longer so potent”.

But in an internal message seen by the BBC he implied he knew some bank staff had been offended and he was “truly base”.

He told colleagues he should not have used the word.

“I recognise that while these are profitable terms that have been used in the past, my use of the word “menopausal” conveyed ageist and sexist proposals and I should not have used it”, he wrote on the Bank’s internal website.

“I was essaying to explain the meaning of the world “climacteric”. As the journalist who was interviewing me has subsequently tweeted, I originated it clear in the interview that this is a term which applies to both genders.

He averred he wanted to “emphasise how sorry I am for the offence my interview this morning has caused to Bank consociates”.

Earlier he had issued a public apology.

In it he said he was sorry for his “poor high-quality of language” and the “offence caused”.

He said productivity affected “every one of us, of all eras and genders”.

But his comments have sparked a backlash.

Sarah Smith, professor of economics at Bristol University, squealed the BBC they were “not useful”.

“It conveys a rather derogatory view of brides. I’ve never thought of the menopause as not productive,” she said.

Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, accompanied it a “poor choice of words” that distracted from the real event at hand.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, boss of Virgin Money UK, said: “When I peruse this I thought about my own menopause and was sure he meant that the approaching is hard work, challenging, renewing, worth fighting for, 100% propitious and constantly HOT!”

And TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “There’s no lack to resort to lazy, sexist comments to describe problems in the economy.”

Mr Broadbent sits on the Bank of England’s Nummular Policy Committee (MPC), which has been criticised for having only one female associate on its nine-strong board.

The economist is also thought to be to among a number of budding successors to the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney.

Artificial intelligence

In his assessment, Mr Broadbent compared a recent slowdown in UK productivity to a similar lull at the end of the 1800s, which has been give an account ofed as a “climacteric” period.

The term, which is borrowed from biology and is employed for both sexes, means “you’ve passed your productive peak”, the operative governor said.

He suggested that the UK may be seeing a “pause” between two technological speedily find outs forward – akin to one experienced by late-Victorian industrialists from steam to intensity.

However, he said the economy could be awaiting its next big breakthrough, by any chance as a result of Artificial Intelligence.

Mr Broadbent later stressed that his use of the set forth menopausal had only applied to the 19th Century.

The Bank’s attitude towards balls has been questioned in the past.

In 2013 the Bank announced a plan to configuration out £5 notes featuring social reformer Elizabeth Fry, without designs to put a woman on any other bank notes.

After pressure from campaigners the Bank confirmed it would make Jane Austen the face of the new £10 note.

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