Basing insurance rates on statistics about the differing life expectancies or road accident records of men and women is standard practise across Europe.
It is specifically permitted in EU anti-discrimination rules which allows member states to discriminate on insurance rates and benefits “if sex is a determining risk factor, and that can be substantiated by relevant and accurate actuarial and statistical data.”
But an Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice has advised judges that the concession in the EU “Gender Directive” is countermanded by “higher-ranking” equality provisions set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Lisbon Treaty.
If that legal “opinion” is upheld in Tuesday’s final verdict, it will mean insurers can no longer gender-based different prices on a range of products including car insurance, private medical insurance, pension schemes and annuities.
Don’t you just love what the miserable little cock-suckers have done here?
Insurance rates are based upon reality: men die younger so get higher annuities, young men drive worse so pay higher car insurance. These two aspects of the universe, it’s now (possibly) going to be illegal to acknowledge them.
And as for private medical insurance: are we to see men forced to buy cover for pregnancy and women for prostate exams?
I should, perhaps, note that there is a saving grace to this fuckwitted nonsense. It shows that the European Union really is a Babelian Tower of nonsense upon stilts, a direct rejection of Canute’s lesson to the world that that real world is more powerful than the commands and desires of the rulers.
We learnt this a millennium ago: our Continental partners seem not to have done so as yet.
Fuck ‘em, can we leave yet?