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Laura Perrins: Can you imagine a woman MP getting away with a sex joke about vacuum cleaners?


I have finally thought of the reason why Boris Johnson irritates me so much. I have written about his less than conservative credentials before and the fact that he offers no real policies on which to judge him.

Johnson has recently supported a return to grammar schools – something that we support. But there is not much else there.

At the Conservative Party conference, his speech had the place in raptures – I am told. This is where he said the following: “The EU commission wants to ban vacuum cleaners on the grounds that they are too powerful. If you do not handle your vacuum cleaner correctly, you may end up inhaling the hamster – the budgerigar through the bars of the cage.

‘And I have read that there are some people – probably the type who are thinking of defecting to UKIP – who present themselves at A&E with barely credible injuries sustained through vacuum cleaner abuse.’

The faithful could not get enough of this. Grown men and women think it is absolutely hilarious, hilarious I tell you, to compare UKIP voters and defectors to the sort of people have sex with vacuum cleaners (as the Daily Mail headline put it). Hysterical, non?

I am still left wondering what the fuss is about. Men supposedly just cannot get enough of Boris and this kind of stuff, and the ladies positively go weak at the knees. I fail to see the hilarity of it all but perhaps you had to be there.

What irritates me the most (and I here for once I don my feminist hat) is that only a male politician could get away with this sort of thing. What female MP could get away with a vacuum cleaner sex joke? Exactly.

They would be dismissed as being unserious, and well slightly unstable, hysterical, in fact. They certainly would not be touted as future leadership material.

But for Teflon Boris his popularity only grown. Heaven help us.

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