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FLO FOR CHAIRPERSON VIVINE REDING, EUROPE COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT, WANTS TO MANDATE QUOTAS FOR WOMEN ON THE BOARDS OF ALL EUROPEAN COMPANIES.

"Ah, Mrs Entwhistle. Come in,come in. Please take a seat"

"Where to luvie?"

"Pardon?"

"Sorry luvie. My little joke. Aint never been in the boss's office before. Is there a problem? I mean, like, it aint often a cleaner gets hauled in front of the top brass.

"No,no,no Mrs Entwhistle. Nothing wrong at all. Quite the contrary. And how wonderful you have such a sharp sense of humour. Just the ticket. And may I call you Doris?"

"If you like luv. Although me name's Florence but most people call me Flo."

"I am so sorry, er, Flo. Human Resources gave me the wrong name. The fact is - I want to offer you a new job."

"What - give up me cleaning? What sort of job would that be then?"

"Well, actually Flo, we want you to join the Board as a new director. And please call me Rupert"

"Ere, what the 'ells goin on 'ere luv. You flipped or summit? Join the board indeed. Director indeed. Rupert indeed I'm just an ordinary woman I'll 'ave you know."

"Precisely Flo. That's just it. We have to have more women on the board and, as you are one, you fit the bill."

"But I wont have a clue what I'm doin. I aint never been educated like what your supposed to be for that sort of work. What if I can't do it?"

"It doesn't matter at all Flo. All women have equality now but we really don't want to bother you little dears about what is going on. If you really can't hack it then all you have to do is accuse one of the chaps already on the board of sexual harassment and you'll leave with a shed load of dosh.

"So now, get shot of your bucket and mop dear and get yourself a lap top".

"Ooh you are a one Rupert. Shall I bring me own pole?"


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