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British MP Blames 'Picky' Ladies for UK's Demise

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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A British Minister of Parliament, Boris Johnson (MP-Henley), is proving that retro attitudes in England aren't limited to matters of race. In "I'll Tell You Why Women Are Running Out of Men to Marry," an op-ed for the Telegraph today, Johnson weighs in on the Dowd-trodden phenomenon of overeducated women who are unable to find mates, blaming the picky singletons for a decline in social mobility in the UK.

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Johnson cites stats that women make up 57 percent of university entrants, outnumber men across the board, and outscore them in subjects like math and engineering. Then he posits that this overclass of college-educated women will end up single and childless as they are increasingly unable to find mates who are their intellectual equals.


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