I was going to say, now we know where Michael Gove gets his disgusting attitudes, but it would probably be more accurate to say that these vile monsters feed off each other.
Vain Vine, wife of Mr Gove, whose rape “joke” on the BBC’s Today programme last weekend provoked a storm of outrage before being almost immediately overshadowed by the Tory sleaze spreadsheet, has graced us with her opinions on the Westminster sex scandals that are still coming to light as I write these words.
And don’t we wish she hadn’t!
She belittles, insults and patronises the victims.
She trivialises the allegations.
She epitomises the problem.
She is an entitled Tory who thinks that she, her friends and her class can do anything they like – because they have all the power – and anyone who complains is just a whining ingrate.
Be warned: If you visit the Daily Mail‘s website to read the full article, you may need a wash afterwards; her words may make you feel physically sick.
This so-called sex scandal has all the hallmarks of a moral panic.
What started as a WhatsApp group of parliamentary employees swapping notes on their bosses has turned into a mob of aggrieved ‘victims’ claiming a million sexual micro-aggressions against a number of unnamed individuals who, it seems, are not even allowed to know where they are supposed to have overstepped the mark.
Words like ‘handsy’ and ‘inappropriate’ seem to make up the bulk of the accusations — terms that can mean almost anything but, in reality, prove nothing.
If someone is upset and an MP puts a reassuring arm around her shoulder, is that inappropriate? If they make a clumsy joke, is that an ‘unwanted advance’? Knowing MPs as I do, many of them are so socially inept, they make asking for a cup of coffee sound deeply suspicious. But just because someone is a bit odd, does that make them a pervert? No.
Or perhaps that depends on your point of view. Because there is a strong cultural and generational element to this, too. Most of the accused are over 40; most of the accusers are in their 20s.
In other words, it’s the revenge of the millennials, many of whom will have had their senses of humour surgically removed at university. Theirs is a generation that seems permanently aggrieved, in a perpetual state of disgust at anyone over the age of 30.
They can’t take a joke, let alone dictation — so is it any wonder they can’t handle the pace at Westminster or the rough and tumble of parliamentary banter.
The problem with the current generation of young women is that they have somehow got it into their heads that they don’t have to stick up for themselves, or take responsibility for their own safety. Feminism has taught them that they are entitled to equality and respect, even if they have done nothing to earn it.
Common sense and the intelligent rules of human behaviour have been replaced by a childish desire to push boundaries and a touchy, uppity tendency to take offence at the slightest thing.
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