Asperities

Conduct Unbecoming

It took only two weeks before the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and its impact on sexual politics spread from Hollywood and Broadway to the Westminster Parliament. “Sexminster” and “Kneegate” are the names given to a brouhaha that is being treated here by the media as an outbreak of sexual immorality among MPs so severe that it threatens to bring down Theresa May’s government. In today’s feverish climate of general hysteria, moreover, that may be one possible outcome. Yet one can’t help noticing that so far the total of all reported “offences”—ranging from a cabinet minister touching a woman journalist’s knee…

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