LONDON | UK central banker apologizes for ‘menopausal’ remark
LONDON — One of Britain’s top central bankers apologized Wednesday for saying the British economy is entering a “menopausal” moment, a sexist remark that prompted widespread criticism.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ben Broadbent, the Bank of England’s deputy governor for monetary policy, used the “menopausal” metaphor to describe economies that were “past their peak and no longer so potent.”
The comment sparked a backlash of criticism.
“This poor choice of words is very disappointing and distracts from the real issue at hand,” said Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general at the Confederation of British Industry, the leading business lobby group.