If this is the best the papers can dredge up against Conservative and Labour MPs, can I please have a job in Westminster because it looks like one of the safest places to work.
First, we had Mark Garnier MP asking his secretary to purchase a sex toy and calling her ‘sugar t*ts’. Then we heard that one minister had placed his hand on the knee of a female journalist ‘repeatedly’ and allegedly lunged for a kiss at another 29-year-old after a slightly boozy lunch. These claimed grave wrongdoings by Sir Michael Fallon occurred about 15 and 14 years ago respectively. The reporter at whom Sir Michael allegedly lunged, Jane Merrick, herself says ‘as a political journalist, I went out for lunch with MPs as often as three times a week. It was part of the job. But, over the hundreds of these encounters over my 14 years in the lobby, this was the only time an MP crossed the line – and that is why I remember it so vividly.’ So that’s 14 years in the lobby, and she was mistreated in this way once.
Then there was an alleged glancing touch of Kate Maltby’s knee by Damian Green. The Sunday Times revealed that Green also might have had some legal porn on a computer. We know this because a discredited former police officer said he found out about the porn during a dodgy raid staged on Green’s parliamentary office nine years ago, and now the information has been leaked to the paper. This porn is legal. (I’m not saying it is moral.) These are allegations that are strenuously denied by Mr Green.
A complaint has been referred to the police against Tory MP Charlie Elphicke. He has also denied it, we don’t know what it is and neither does he (like a proper witch-hunt). Another Tory MP, Stephen Crabb, is probably dodgy, having admitted saying ‘some pretty outrageous things’ to a young woman.
Two more Tories, Dan Poulter, a former health minister and Dan Kaczynski, were reported to the party’s disciplinary panel over the weekend for alleged behavioural lapses and another, Chris Pincher, has referred himself.
On the Labour side, none of the three allegations that have been made occurred at Westminster and all have been denied, so I am not even going to deal with them.
Listen up, people, and listen good. I do not believe on current evidence that there is systematic sexual abuse or harassment of women in Westminster. There is no cover-up. Damian Green is not Harvey Weinstein. This is a fake sex scandal generated to destabilise this government.
I am not saying that the women are lying. I leave that for the various investigations to figure out. What I am saying is that even if we take all the allegations to be true, their character, their frequency, their historic nature point to individual acts of wrongdoing, not a culture of harassment or systematic sex abuse. There is a big difference between the two.
We have been blind-sided by the sex, although there is hardly any sex in this scandal. What we are being manipulated into thinking is that MPs have been involved in some huge boiler room fraud when in fact a few may have nicked a stapler. Most of these incidents could be resolved by a personal, civilised apology to the wronged person, and to one’s spouse. That’s it.
Westminster can have a sex Tsar if it wants. Jess Phillips MP has tweeted that the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party are pushing for an ‘independent specialist sexual violence abuse adviser to be available so victims can come forward without fear’. Fine, we’ll all be funding this ISSVAA. Set up the female journalist networking support system. Bring the men into line when they step out of line; there is in fact nothing new in women ‘telling men how we expected them to behave’.
The unfairness comes from the mixed messages put out there, as Peter Hitchens explained on Sunday. The injustice is the feminist switch and bait, from all of the sex all of the time, to how dare you touch my knee. No wonder the men are confused.
Anyway, politically what we must not tolerate is a fake news scandal aimed at trying to bring this government down. No website has been more critical of the Conservative party and its policies than The Conservative Woman. But we will not blindly accept witch-hunts and co-operate with media feeding frenzies to destroy a democratically elected government. This isn’t a sex scandal; it’s an attempted coup.
I have no doubt this pumped-up anger over historical complaints of MPs trying it on is fooling very few. The public can see this for what it is – fake outrage to pursue various agendas, the main one of which is to destabilise the government. The public want stability and the government to govern.
Finally, what this demonstrates is the total and utter surrender by Theresa May to the Left and the feminists. Really, she is part of it and is part of the problem. That is why we are where we are.
With female Conservative MPs such as Anna Soubry taking the outrage train daily to every TV studio in town things can only get worse. And the men are left to their mercy after years and years of capitulation. Finally, they will see how the feminists dispense justice. It won’t be pretty.