Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Polly Toynbee is very selective about her examples

In an otherwise reasonable article about the Lord Rennard scandal and its precursors, Polly Toynbee is very selective about her examples:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/21/lord-rennard-why-sexual-harassment-matters?CMP=twt_gu

She quotes Conservative sleazebags and Liberal sleazebags but is strangely silent on the Labour variety (a few rotten apples among the Cabinet ministers).

Was it not the case that the late 1970s and all of the 1980s were characterised by a tsunami of sexist misogyny aimed at "that bloody woman"? (coming from all directions it is true, but a huge amount coming from the Labour party and the trade union movement).

Indeed does she not recall the incident in the mid-1970s when Henry Kissinger, then American Secretary of State, visited the United Kingdom and among many meetings paid a call upon the then Leader of the Opposition?  Later Mr Kissinger was filmed arriving at Downing Street and the Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan asked him (on camera) "Did you kiss her?"  This was a Labour Prime Minister, Ms Toynbee.

Oh how the men laughed.

Oh how the fussy upstart woman was belittled.

A Labour Prime Minister, Ms Toynbee.

As the Norwegians say, a rotten fish stinks from the head downwards.

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