Sir – Osborne ought to drop guidance which effectively bans flexible working practices by limiting them to one month duration.
We believe individuals have a right to decide their own working practices according to economic realities. The Social Contract (which we never signed) was expanded to include all manner of privileges and obligations without our involvement, often before we were born. If we choose to abandon some clauses that reduce our market value then we should have that right.
The Chancellor’s administrative convenience cannot be made a justification to ban our lifestyle choices. Nor is it healthy to defy economic reality.
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LATER: the first 13 names have been sent to the Guardian and the Daily Mail who covered the story when the policy was kited.