A few days ago, Rupert Myers, social justice warrior, feminist, sometime Leftie and sometime Cameroon, one of those modern Conservatives who is/was deputy chairman of the Bermondsey and Old Southwark Conservative Association, called me ‘a disgrace to conservatism’ on Twitter.
In the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, I pointed out that some in the media are not interested in asking why there was a massive cover-up by Leftie Hollywood. Myers said that for this I didn’t care about the victims.
The implication was that he, Rupert Myers, was the nice person who cares about all the victims of sexual assault and harassment whereas I was the nasty one, who cared nothing for them.
So, you can imagine my surprise to wake up on Friday morning and find that Rupert Myers has been outed as a sex pest. He has lost his freelance position at Leftie GQ magazine and The Spoon after it turns out he hassled a woman he met for a drink.
This certainly was a swift turn of events. Myers, like me, is a barrister and in the course of his trolling against me, he told me that he could see why I left the bar (implying that I was incompetent). Given the nature of the allegations, this could have serious repercussions for Mr Myers’s own membership of the bar. It’s not for me to report him to the disciplinary body. That is for others to decide.
There is a larger point to all of this, however, other than the explosion of the irony meter. I sense, given a quick read of Twitter, that there might be a quite few male journalists out there fearing some accusations. Maybe they are on the Left, maybe on the Right, but one thing is for sure: they must be examining their consciences, as no one likes a hypocrite.
For decades, it was the conservatives who were the hypocrites. There they were, extolling the morality of family values, etc, etc, when all the while they were sleeping with the nanny. These days, those feminist men had better live up to the fact that they are in fact, feminist. With your ‘we respect powerful women’ shtick, I do hope you have never abused your power, or tried to manipulate a female subordinate. If you have a questionable past, I doubt if you will last long in the current atmosphere.
I will not say any more about this issue as I’m not a fan of the witch hunt. But, for once, I do think something good will come of this Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo meltdown. I will not call it a return to traditional values – that is too partisan. Nor will I say a return to feminist values – that is too Leftist. Let’s hope we will return to common decency and good manners.
Perhaps the married men out there will desist from sending sexualised text messages to juniors, if not for their wives’ sake, then their own. Maybe those Leftist men will not be so trigger-happy with the sexting and even keep their hands to themselves for longer than five minutes at a meeting. Who knows? Anything is possible.