Bank of England official sorry for sexist comment about economy

Galtero Lara
May 17, 2018

A high-ranking official at the Bank of England today apologised for describing the British economy as "menopausal", after online comments accused him of "sexism" and "misogyny".

Broadbent had told the Telegraph that years of poor productivity and weak wage growth meant Britain was going through a "menopausal" moment.

In a statement Wednesday in response to The Daily Telegraph's front-page headline, Ben Broadbent said he was "sorry" for his "poor choice of language" in an interview with the newspaper.

His comments attracted derision on social media.

Sarah Wollaston, a lawmaker of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party, described Broadbent's comments as "pejorative tosh".

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"#Menopause only a problem if others try to sideline you because of ignorant prejudice".

One of Britain's most senior economists, Mr Broadbent told the Telegraph in an interview that slow productivity growth in the United Kingdom right now resembles a period of weakness in the late 19th century, called by economists a "climacteric" time - which he said translated as "menopausal, but applies to both genders".

He said that "economic productivity is something which affects every one of us, of all ages and genders".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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