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Each day, FT readers post thousands of comments responding to our stories: opinions, critiques, personal experiences and even the occasional joke. You talk, we listen. Here are highlights from the best of them.

On women who lead

Both of these comments are in response to Lucy Kellaway’s column High heels and boxing gloves: a portrait of female professionals.

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“I cannot tell you how many times I have been the only female speaker in a day-long conference . . . When I remark to an audience of sometimes hundreds of people that no women have been on the program, I usually get astonished looks. The women in the room cheer immediately, because they have certainly noticed. But the men usually have not. Nothing will change if we don’t even observe we have a problem in the first place.”

By SMEnSingapore


“This problem starts at an early age. At my old school (one of the most prestigious boys’ schools in the UK), very few of the invited speakers are female (11 men to 2 women in the most recent term). Good female role models (not glamorous stock photos) matter as much for boys and men as to girls and women.”

By Jon Smith

On redistributed wealth

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“It has been the miracle of conservative power since the late 1970s that the very people whose lives were being driven downward praised and supported the promoters of upward redistribution of wealth. Perhaps the increasingly large underclass is finally waking up . . . It’s surprising and disappointing that so few public figures and leading intellectuals have enough compassion and moral fibre to actually speak and act against this very frightening unravelling of the idea of a society aiming for the good of all.”

By my comment on Ed Luce’s column The new class warfare in America This was the most recommended comment by readers.


“Would you rather buy a house in the 1980s that gets paid off by inflation and rockets in price, stop working age 60 in 2020, die in 2045 age 85 with a huge pension paid for 25 years, travelling the world and relaxing with grandchildren? Or pay rent all your life, stop working age 70 in 2060, die in 2080 age 90 with a food-stamp quality pension for the previous 20 years? The climate change, the immigration. Where do I begin!?”

By Franny on The millennials do not know how lucky they are: Would you rather be born in 1960 or 1990? This comment received 82 recommends.

On the CIA’s secret detention sites

Both of these comments are in response to FT Magazine’s feature The appearance of disappearance: the CIA’s secret black sites, by Edmund Clark and Crofton Black

The windowless warehouse built by the CIA in Antaviliai, a quiet hamlet surrounded by lakes and woods, 20km from the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius; photographed in 2011. Work began on the prison facility in 2004. By the time of its closure, in March 2006, the existence of the CIA's secret detention programme had been widely publicised, although not yet officially acknowledged. © Edmund Clark

“I used to work for one of the companies mentioned. I always wondered why the leadership was so unwilling to let people move between parts of the company, but figured it was incompetence rather than malice. It’s hard to get around the concept that the same bumbling company I worked for was involved in this. It’s not even shocking, it just doesn’t compute.”

By Tom Hutchins


“Regardless of how bad foreign hostiles are . . . if you capture them you give them a military trial and imprison them. If you find them in civil society you extradite them, put them on trial and imprison them. This is how it works in a nation of laws. To say that every nation kidnaps, tortures, kills, and imprisons without charges or trial sets the bar for a total corruption of said rule of law. No law need be respected, followed or enforced if the top level ones regarding human rights are thrown on the junk heap.”

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On Brexit . . . again

“I fear you might be right, from what I hear in the rural West Country. Talking about it with my log man, I was the first person he had come across who was going to vote to remain. However, it puzzles me where farmers think their subsidies are going to come from. The restricted and inferior deals of Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the WTO are complex arguments that cut little ice among the general population of Yeovil and Dorchester, who are blinded by the ‘Project Fear’ campaign of the Brexiters – that there is a migrant under every bed ready to steal Benefits and Housing – and the jingoistic appeal of ‘plucky little England’ making its own laws and trading with the Commonwealth.”

By Thumbscrew on Gideon Rachman’s column, Wake up — Britain is heading for Brexit.


“Isn’t it interesting that Britons in other EU countries are British ‘expats’, while people from other EU countries in Britain are ‘migrants’?”

By Wonko the Sane on British expats worry about Brexit in Costa Blanca. This comment received 48 recommends from readers.


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